The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 8, 2009 - History - 432 pages

The Dark Side is a dramatic, riveting, and definitive narrative account of how the United States made self-destructive decisions in the pursuit of terrorists around the world—decisions that not only violated the Constitution, but also hampered the pursuit of Al Qaeda. In spellbinding detail, Jane Mayer relates the impact of these decisions by which key players, namely Vice President Dick Cheney and his powerful, secretive adviser David Addington, exploited September 11 to further a long held agenda to enhance presidential powers to a degree never known in U.S. history, and obliterate Constitutional protections that define the very essence of the American experiment. With a new afterward. 


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National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist 

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Theory of Invisible Balance of Power in relation to the US vs Islamic Militants is Valid Today
Dan Nicholson
Although, the book was first time published in 2005, yet it has introduced a unique
theory of “invisible balance of power”. I have gone through the book. It has given a number of positive suggestions to the US and its NATO and other western allies, which are essential for world peace.
Author’s suggestions include solution of Palestinian and Kashmir issues, withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan, reforming of the UNO by giving importance to the General Assembly equally with the Security Council, redressing the grievances of the Third World, especially those of the Islamic countries and international disarmament. He also emphasized stability in Afghanistan and Pakistan, which are necessary for American regional and global interests.
Otherwise, in case of non-implementation of the suggestions, the international community could divide on religious lines , and could culminate into clash of civilizations in the sense of Huntington. He also predicted in the book that after the failure of power factor by the US, state terrorism would result into more terrorism led by Al Qaeda or other similar militant groups.
However, after 14 years of the prolonged war against the militants, rise of ISIL, terror-attacks on Christians in Nigeria and other African countries including Iraq, and sectarian violence also proved true.
In the same terms, assaults on Christians and Muslims by the fundamentalists parties of India like BJP, RSS etc., tension between Pakistan and India more suicide attacks etc. also endorsed the future assessments of the book. It is pointed out in the book that as the militants are increasing the US cost of war, and US would have to wage a series of wars against volatile countries.
In this regard, American air strikes on Libya and prospective attack on Syria, which was postponed due to the Russian and Iranian threats are also in accordance with the future predictions of the author. Nevertheless, after 9/11 tragedy, many Muslim and western authors wrote books against terrorism. But, ground realities developed in accordance with this book. Hence, it remains valid today.
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This book could be very informative, if it wasnt so poorly written. This was a required reading for my class on Torture and Human Rights at the University of Washington. As a junior in the college, I have had a lot of experience in reading academic writings, and have even taken a number of academic writing courses. It seems to me that even the most basic argumentative writing "rules" have been broken in this book. The sentences are run-on for a majority of the script, and none of the weitnesses or sources has any credibility. in one instance the author literally writes that "an employee" of an important government office has some very implicating and decisive comments to make. How she thinks that an "employee" of anything is a credible source in a government agency is absurd. In my estimation, the majority of her sources are stretched beyond their real importance. how do we know this wasn't the janitor at the pentagon who has suddenly decided he can be a credible witness to the inter-workings of the Joint Chiefs of Staff? 

Contents

Panic
1
Blame ll
11
The Warning
28
Men of Zeal
44
Detainee U01
72
Outsourcing Torture
101
Inside the Black Sites
139
The Experiment
182
The Memo
213
I0 A Deadly Interrogation
238
Coverup
295
Car of Key C aaracterr
346
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357
Bi2iograpJy
380
A Note an 01rcex
389
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Jane Mayer is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of three bestselling and critically acclaimed narrative nonfiction books. She co-authored Landslide: The Unmaking of the President, 1984–1988, with Doyle McManus, and Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas, with Jill Abramson, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her book The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals, for which she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, was named one of The New York Times’s Top 10 Books of the Year and won the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, the Goldsmith Book Prize, the Edward Weintal Prize, the Ridenhour Prize, the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. It was also a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. For her reporting at The New Yorker,Mayer has been awarded the John Chancellor Award, the George Polk Award, the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting, and the I. F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence presented by the Nieman Foundation at Harvard. Mayer lives in Washington, D.C.

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