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Sacred Men: Law, Torture, and Retribution in Guam

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posted on 22.04.2020, 16:05 by Keith Camacho
Between 1944 and 1949 the United States Navy held a war crimes tribunal that tried Japanese nationals and members of Guam's indigenous Chamorro population who had worked for Japan's military government. In Sacred Men Keith L. Camacho traces the tribunal's legacy and its role in shaping contemporary domestic and international laws regarding combatants, jurisdiction, and property. Drawing on Giorgio Agamben's notions of bare life and Chamorro concepts of retribution, Camacho demonstrates how the U.S. tribunal used and justified the imprisonment, torture, murder, and exiling of accused Japanese and Chamorro war criminals in order to institute a new American political order. This U.S. disciplinary logic in Guam, Camacho argues, continues to directly inform the ideology used to justify the Guantánamo Bay detention center, the torture and enhanced interrogation of enemy combatants, and the American carceral state.

Funding

UCLA as part of the TOME initiative

History

Publication date

2019

ISBN (Open Access)

9781478005667

ISBN (Print - Cloth)

9781478005032

ISBN (Print - Paper)

9781478006343

ISBN (Ebook For Sale)

9781478005667

ISBN (PDF)

9781478005667

Imprint Name

Global and Insurgent Legalities

Publisher Name

Duke University Press

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