The Torture Papers: The Road to Abu Ghraib

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Karen J. Greenberg, Joshua L. Dratel
Cambridge University Press, Jan 3, 2005 - Law - 1249 pages
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The Torture Papers document the so-called 'torture memos' and reports which US government officials wrote to prepare the way for, and to document, coercive interrogation and torture in Afghanistan, Guantanamo, and Abu Ghraib. These documents present for the first time a compilation of materials that prior to publication have existed only piecemeal in the public domain. The Bush Administration, concerned about the legality of harsh interrogation techniques, understood the need to establish a legally viable argument to justify such procedures. The memos and reports document the systematic attempt of the US Government to prepare the way for torture techniques and coercive interrogation practices, forbidden under international law, with the express intent of evading legal punishment in the aftermath of any discovery of these practices and policies.
  

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Contents

November 13 2001
21
January 9 2002
38
January 22 2002
39
August 12002
40
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
80
Alberto R Gonzales Counsel to the President and William J Haynes
81
Decision Re Application of the Geneva Convention on Prisoners
118
February 1 2002
126
April 4 2003
286
James T Hill Commander U S Southern Command
360
The ICRC Report
383
The Taguba Report
405
Thomas M Pappas Col MI Commanding
467
January 2004
556
The Mikolashek Report
630
The Schlesinger Report
908

The Vice President The Secretary of State The Secretary of Defense
134
William J Haynes II General Counsel Department of Defense
144
August 1 2002
172
Letter regarding the views of our Office concerning the legality
218
October 11 2002
224
November 27 2002 approved by Rumsfeld December 2 2002
237
Working Group to Assess Interrogation issues
240
January 15 2003
243
May 12 2004 Vice Admiral Churchs Brief
976
Vice Admiral Albert T Church Ills briefing on his investigation into
985
August 9 2004
1132
Afterword
1165
Appendices
1239
Recommended readings on torture
1240
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About the author (2005)

Karen J. Greenberg is the executive director of the Center on Law and Security at the New York University School of Law.

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