The Torture Debate in America

The Torture Debate in America

Book - 2006
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Widely acclaimed as a publishing milestone, The Torture Papers (Cambridge, 2005) constitutes the definitive book of public record detailing the Bush Administration's policies on torture and political prisoners. In the process of assembling the documents, memoranda, and reports that comprise the material in The Torture Papers, a vital question arose: What was the rationale behind the Bush Administration's decision to condone the use of coercive techniques in the interrogation of detainees suspected of terrorist connections? The use of these techniques at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo has sparked an intense debate in America. The Torture Debate in America captures the arguments on torture that have been put forth by legislators, human rights activists, and others. It raises the key moral, legal, and historical questions that have led to current considerations on the use of torture. Divided into three sections, the contributions cover all sides of the debate, from absolute prohibition of torture to its use as a viable option in the War on Terror.
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, c2006
ISBN: 9780521857925
Branch Call Number: 323.49 T63801 2006
Characteristics: xviii, 414 p. ; 25 cm


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Jul 15, 2014

While this book is important and useful, it is almost a moot point today, with the Obama Administration having suppressed the report on the CIA's illegal torture for over a year now [costing $43 million, we are told, and wonder who received the money] and since Obama has appointed uber neocon James Comey to head the FBI, the same Comey from the Bush administration who was OK with torture [and worst of all his background, he was on the board of directors of the National Chamber Litigation Center for five years, putting him ahead of Cheney for the FBI directorship].


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