Doublespeak and the War on Terror

Associated Press are reporting on a report [PDF], produced in September, by the Cato Institute that examines the use Orwellian doublespeak in the War on Terror. AP write:

The libertarian Cato Institute recently took on the rising tide of fuzzy words in the fight against terrorism, arguing that whatever people think of what the government is doing, it would help to understand what the government is doing.

That is no easy task when the administration offers tortured definitions of torture,describes suicide by captives as “self-injurious behavior incidents” and labeled at least one suspect an “imperative security internee” when it became constitutionally questionable to hold him as an “enemy combatant.”

Interrogations are debriefings.

Propaganda is a struggle “for hearts and minds.”

The estate tax is the death tax.

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