chapter  1
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Studying Torture, Intelligence and Media Manipulation in the War on Terror

WithVian Bakir

This introduction provides an overview of key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book explores the studying torture, intelligence and media manipulation in the war on terror. It explains more deeply what strategic political communication comprises and its relationship to intelligence in the War on Terror. The book describes agenda-building in more detail, and focuses on how Strategic Political Communication (SPC) is challenged through a range of discursive activity comprising political, media and lay modes of resistance. Furthermore, while official documents are data-rich, to interrogate SPC processes a critical stance must be maintained. The book examines a case where sousveillance was spectacularly successful the publicization in 2004 of torture photographs taken by American soldiers of security detainees in Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. It focuses on a case study that helped evidence British intelligence agencies complicity in torture the case of Binyam Mohamed.