The Dark Side: The Inside Story of how the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals

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Scribe Publications, 2008 - Military interrogation - 392 pages
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'Whatever it takes to get those bastards. The true nature of our Faustian bargain would not become clear until later, and maybe it needed a journalist as steely and tenacious as Jane Mayer to give us the full picture. 'The Dark Side' is about how the war on terror became 'a war on American ideals,' and Mayer gives this story all the weight and sorrow it deserves. Many books get tagged with the word 'essential'; hers actually is.' – Salon.com
In the days immediately following September 11th, the most powerful people in the United States were panic-stricken. The radical decisions about how to combat terrorists and strengthen national security were made in a state of utter chaos and fear; but the key players, Vice President Dick Cheney and his powerful, secretive adviser David Addington, used the crisis 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.
The Dark Side chronicles real, specific cases, shown in real time against the larger tableau of what was happening in Washington, looking at the intelligence gained—or not—and the price paid. There is the stunning admission of one of the detainees, Sheikh Ibn al-Libi, that the confession he gave under duress—which provided a key piece of evidence buttressing congressional support of going to war against Iraq-—was in fact fabricated, to make the torture stop.
In all cases, whatever the short-term gains, there were incalculable losses in terms of moral standing, and the US's place in the world, and its sense of itself. The Dark Side chronicles one of the most disturbing chapters in American history, one that will serve as the lasting legacy of the George W. Bush presidency.

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Review: The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals

User Review  - David - Goodreads

This book does not address any conspiracy theories around 9/11 nor does it deal with the downsides of homeland security, it does deal with how the Bush administration responded to the event by ... Read full review

Review: The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals

User Review  - Linda - Goodreads

Jane Mayer's The Dark Side is an expansion of articles she had done over several years for The New Yorker on the Bush administration's post-9/11 torture regime, and it is unsettling, disturbing ... Read full review

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