Writers and lawyers discuss their work and its relationship to combating torture, as well as the role writers and lawyers play in exposing human rights abuses and reminding nations of their human rights responsibilities.

Discussed: the corruption of language, the corruption of thought; “no-touch torture”; words vs. photos; the CIA’s trashing of videotapes; self-censorship, complicity, and cultural acceptance of torture; presidential authorization; being told not to use the word “torture” on Jim Lehr; the torture that leaves no marks; “24” and revenge fantasies