American Torture: From the Cold War to Abu Ghraib and Beyond

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Melbourne Univ. Publishing, Jan 1, 2007 - Civil rights - 285 pages
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Contrary to US government assertions, the Abu Ghraib photos do not reflect the perverse handiwork of a 'few bad apples'. As American Torture reveals, tortures such as sensory deprivation, sexual humiliation and forced standing are core elements of the American detention regime, a product of more than sixty years of government research and development fully detailed in extensive CIA manuals. In the wake of the Abu Ghraib scandal, mainstream media and human rights organisations have exhaustively documented the American use of torture in detention centres around the world. Although expansive, these reports lack context. American Torture examines the origins of this detention regime and traces how it was refined, spread and kept legal. Along the way, American Torture uncovers the effects of state-sponsored torture and deconstructs the myths espoused by its proponents. What are the ramifications of such praxis for global security? The book will also feature an interview with Mamdouh Habib, and look at the plight of Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks.
  

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User Review  - Eli Mandel - Goodreads

I don't know whether it's fair to mark the book as read, or to give it a rating, when I only read the first half, but it was torturous enough that it had the intended affect, so I'm rating it and marking it as read. This country of ours has some serious 'splaining to do. Read full review

Contents

In Their Own Words
1
A Climate of Fear
14
Stress Inoculation
28
Codifying Cruelty
42
The Phoenix Factor
59
In Americas Backyard
73
The Human Cost
88
Alive and Legal
99
Guantanamo
137
The Gloves Come Off Part II
161
The Dual State
181
Human Resource Exploitation Training Manual 1983
200
Notes
216
Bibliography
249
Index
273
Acknowledgments
286

The Gloves Come Off Part I
117

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