Torture as Public Policy: Restoring U.S. Credibility on the World Stage

Torture as Public Policy: Restoring U.S. Credibility on the World Stage

by James P. Pfiffner
     
 

After September 11, 2001 the Bush Administration decided that the most important intelligence about terrorism would come from the interrogation of captives suspected of terrorism. As a result, many detainees were subject to harsh interrogation techniques that at times amounted to torture. Here, James P. Pfiffner authoritatively examines the policy directives,

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After September 11, 2001 the Bush Administration decided that the most important intelligence about terrorism would come from the interrogation of captives suspected of terrorism. As a result, many detainees were subject to harsh interrogation techniques that at times amounted to torture. Here, James P. Pfiffner authoritatively examines the policy directives, operational decisions, and leadership actions of the Bush Administration that reversed centuries of U.S. policy on the treatment of enemy prisoners. He shows how the serious reservations of career military lawyers about these policies were overcome by the political appointees of the Bush Administration. Pfiffner then analyzes the philosophical and legal underpinnings of the policies and practices that have led to the denunciation of the United States’ policies by its allies and adversaries throughout the world. Looking ahead, Pfiffner anticipates Obama administration policy changes to restore U.S. credibility and accountability. In all, Torture as Public Policy is a model of detailed policy analysis that demonstrates how greatly public policy matters beyond the back corridors of bureaucracy.

Torture as Public Policy is a model of detailed policy analysis that demonstrates how greatly public policy matters beyond the back corridors of bureaucracy. This book:

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594515095
Publisher:
Paradigm Publishers
Publication date:
04/30/2010
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Chapter 1: Introduction: U.S. Detainee Policy

Chapter 2: Policymaking on Torture

Chapter 3: Operations: The Implementation of Policy

Chapter 4: The Logic of Torture: Moral and Behavioral Issues

Chapter 5: Torture and teh Law

Chapter 6: Command Responsibility

Notes
Index
About the Author

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