oa African Yearbook of Rhetoric - El carácter pseudo-jurídico del informe de inteligencia durante la última dictadura militar argentina

Volume 8 Number 1
  • ISSN : 2220-2188
  • E-ISSN: 2305-7785



The archive of the Intelligence Directorate of the Buenos Aires Provincial Police (DIPBA) formed part of the network that made possible –and legitimized– the kidnapping and disappearance of people during the last Argentine military dictatorship (1976-1983). This paper analyzes the rhetorical devices that underpin the pseudo-juridical nature of the intelligence reports found in the archive. These reports transform the pragmatic value of the extralinguistic context through a variety of discursive strategies including the “juridization” of the enunciation scene, and the fabrication of evidence based on testimonies, expert discourse, and political and ideological considerations. However, the leadership of the armed forces monopolized the “court” position. I propose that it is necessary to distinguish between the concept of “pseudo-juridicity” (represented in this case by the assignment of a fictional legal status to the secret intelligence report) and the “juridization” of the enunciative scene through the discourse of reports. It is impossible to think about juridization without thinking about the problem of the validity of law, but it is also imperative to point out that this enunciative juridization, as a political-discursive device, was deeply framed in anti-juridicity and in the State terrorism displayed during the last military dictatorship. In this way, the “juridization” of the enunciation scene attempted to articulate legal and non-legal spheres.

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