chapter  1
20 Pages

Investigative interviewing and human rights in the war on terrorism

WithTom Williamson

The growing post-war consensus around the principle of respect for human rights is breaking down. Old threats are diminishing and new threats such as international terrorism have arrived resulting in the so-called ‘war on terror’. One characteristic of this has been a deliberate undermining of human rights and a legitimizing of deviance through government-sanctioned and intentional abuses with dreadful consequences, particularly for those who have been detained and questioned as terrorist suspects. The erosion of human rights has been exacerbated by the process of militarization of criminal justice as a response to terrorism.