Unspeakable Acts, Ordinary People: The Dynamics of Torture

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University of California Press, 2000 - History - 304 pages
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Unspeakable Acts, Ordinary People is a riveting book that exposes the potential in each of us for acting unspeakably. John Conroy sits down with torturers from several nations and comes to understand their motivations. His compelling narrative has the tension of a novel. He takes us into a Chicago police station, two villages in the West Bank, and a secret British interrogation center in Northern Ireland, and in the process we are exposed to the experience of the victim, the rationalizations of the torturer, and the seeming indifference of the bystander. The torture occurs in democracies that ostensibly value justice, due process, and human rights, and yet the perpetrators and their superiors escape without punishment, revealing much about the dynamics of torture.
  

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User Review  - Marensr - LibraryThing

It seems wrong to say Unspeakable Acts, Ordinary People is a "good book" - it is an amazing piece of journalism. John Conroy focuses on torture in the countries, Northern Ireland, Israel and the ... Read full review

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Contents

BELFAST The Five Techniques
3
ISRAEL Night of the Broken Clubs
11
CHICAGO Getting Confessions
21
History and Method
27
BELFAST No Brutality of Any Kind
39
ISRAEL A Dangerous Report
48
CHICAGO The Pain Stays in Your Head
60
Torturers
88
CHICAGO Informants
158
Victims
169
BELFAST Life Sentences
184
ISRAEL The Next Step Is to God
199
CHICAGO The Public Is Not Aroused
225
Bystanders
242
Bibliographical Note
257
Acknowledgments
291

BELFAST Ireland vs the UK
123
ISRAEL The CourtMartial
138

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About the author (2000)

John Conroy is a staff writer for the Chicago Reader and the author of Belfast Diary: War as a Way of Life. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and many other publications.

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