This paper examines the importance of the language of human rights in shaping memory about the dictatorship and informing attitudes toward torture in Argentina. The analysis is based on twenty in-depth interviews (part of a broader cross-national study conducted during 2007-2010) with adult men and women from across the political spectrum in Argentina, who were members of diverse civic, religious, political, non-profit, and community organizations. No matter the political orientation (from the most radical to the most conservative), all of the interviewees condemned torture. Yet the language and frames they employed and the narratives surrounding political events varied. These accounts expose the conflicted terrain of memory construction: the rhetorical work of making sense of individual biography in relation to a disturbing political past, efforts to reconcile personal ethics and concrete responses to human rights abuses, and the persistence of core ideological values and discourses, some of which do not always smoothly fit with current expressions of human rights support and condemnation of torture.