Administration of Torture: A Documentary Record from Washington to Abu Ghraib and Beyond

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"When the American media published photographs of U.S. soldiers abusing prisoners at Abu Ghraib, the Bush administration assured the world that the abuse was isolated and that the perpetrators would be held accountable. Over the next three years, it refined its narrative at the margins, but by and large its public position remained the same. Abuse, the administration said, was aberrational - not systemic, not widespread, and certainly not a matter of policy." The government's own documents, obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union, tell a starkly different story. Administration of Torture is the most detailed account thus far of what took place in America's overseas detention centers. The book also reproduces hundreds of government documents - including interrogation directives, FBI e-mails, autopsy reports, and investigative files. The documents constitute both an important historical record and an indictment of the Bush administration's policies with respect to the detention and treatment of prisoners in U.S. custody abroad.
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Editorial Reviews

The Huffington Post - Naomi Wolf

[An] extraordinarily important book

New York Review of Books - David Cole

An immensely useful resource.

The Village Voice - Nat Hentoff

The definitive evidence of the Bush-Cheney war crimes.

The Huffington Post
[An] extraordinarily important book

— Naomi Wolf

New York Review of Books
An immensely useful resource.

— David Cole

The Village Voice
The definitive evidence of the Bush-Cheney war crimes.

— Nat Hentoff

John W. Dean

In gathering these truly telling documents Jaffer and Singh have distilled the essence of an evil that has shamed America. Exposing it can only help remove a terrible national stain.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231140522
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 10/5/2007
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jameel Jaffer directs the American Civil Liberties Union's National Security Project and has been a litigator for the ACLU since 2002. He was educated at Williams College, Cambridge University, and Harvard Law School.

Amrit Singh is a Staff Attorney at the Immigrants' Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union and has been a litigator for the ACLU since 2002. She was educated at Cambridge University, Oxford University, and Yale Law School.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Administration of torture 1

Timeline of key events 45

Description of the documents 53

The documents

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