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Dr. Darius Rejali, a nationally recognized expert on government torture and interrogation, was the keynote speaker for the Steven D. Neuwirth Annual Arts and Sciences Lecture at WestConn.

Rejali, a professor of political science at Reed College in Oregon, discussed his most recent book, “Torture and Democracy,” an examination of the use of torture by democracies in the 20th century. The author demonstrates that as democracy, human rights and the free press flourished after World War II, so did the market for “clean” torture techniques that leave no evidentiary scars. Rejali reveals the most controversial Western intelligence-gathering techniques — including the use of drugs, stress positions and waterboarding — and questions if their use actually hinders the torturer’s ability to gather credible intelligence.