The United States and Torture

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Marjorie Cohn
NYU Press, 2012 - History - 356 pages
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Torture has been a topic of national discussion ever since it was revealed that “enhanced interrogation techniques” had been authorized as part of the war on terror. The United States and Torture provides us with a larger lens through which to view America's policy of torture, one that dissects America's long relationship with interrogation and torture, which roots back to the 1950s and has been applied, mostly in secret, to “enemies,” ever since. The United States and Torture opens with a compelling preface by Sister Dianna Ortiz, who describes the unimaginable treatment she endured in Guatemala in 1987 at the hands of the the Guatemalan government, which was supported by the United States. Following Ortiz's preface, an interdisciplinary panel of experts offers one of the most comprehensive examinations of torture to date, beginning with the Cold War era and ending with today's debate over accountability for torture.

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The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration, and Abuse

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In light of recent headlines regarding the torture of detainees in U.S. custody, Cohn's (law, Thomas Jefferson Sch. of Law) important book is certainly relevant. This gripping collection of essays ... Read full review

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An American Policy of Torture
The CIAs Pursuit of Psychological Torture
Torture and Human Rights Abuses at
U S Foreign Policy Deniability and the Political Utility
Fundamental Human Rights and the Coercive
Torture War and the Limits of Liberal Legality
The Secret History of
The Law of Torture and Accountability of
Terrorists and Torturers
Criminal Responsibility of Bush Administration
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Marjorie Cohn is Professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Her books include The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration, and Abuse; Cowboy Republic: Six Ways the Bush Gang Has Defied the Law; and Cameras in the Courtroom: Television and the Pursuit of Justice. @marjoriecohn

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