'Almost clinical.' Reminiscent of Foucault's work on the birth of the medical clinic, the phrase smacks of institutionalized gazes and self-preservation below the "level of the noisy episodes of its history." In her own unique penetration of the body's secrets, the CIA interrogator invents new tests and signs, even touches and prods the 'patient,' in the name of "diagnostic wisdom," so as to uncover hidden truths. From clergy to doctors to psychiatrists and now intelligence officers, the trajectory of clinical authoritarianism takes a new turn towards national security.
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