Torture, Murder and Beheadings as a Terrorist Tactic

(Warning - Extremely graphic video)Video Notes: 3 February 2015. ISIS released a 22 min video with a ceremonial burning of the Jordanian pilot Kasabeh, who they had held and tortured several months, after negotiations failed for the exchange of a female attempted-suicide bomber, Sajida al-Rishawi. Analysis of this propaganda video's editing, including CGI, available on TRAC.Part of a Broader Campaign of TerrorTorture is a deliberate act of cruelty; an act of inflicting severe physical and emotional suffering on a person or group of people as part of an overall campaign of coercion. Torture has been used as an interrogation technique, (see “Interrogation”), but this is not actually its most prominent or most effective use. Torture is usually part of a broader campaign of terror, a tactic of intimidation meant to create an overall climate of fear. It has also been used to alter behavior patterns. There is also a class of torture where the torture method is part of an…

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Carmen Rane Hudson

From the time I was a small child I always had a fascination with "the what" and "the how." As I got older I realized that some of the most interesting subject to pair with these...