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From the PublisherCompelling . . . Bold . . . A clear-eyed gaze into a labyrinth of lies.
-Washington Post Book World
This urgently needed book offers both well-documented evidence of the CIA's continuous involvement in torture tactics since the 1970s and moving personal testimony from many of the victims. Most important, Harbury provides solid, convincing arguments against the use of torture in any circumstances: not only because it is completely inconsistent with all the basic values Americans hold dear, but also because it has repeatedly proved to be ineffective: Again and again,'information' obtained through these gruesome tactics proves unreliable or false. Worse, the use of torture by U.S. client states, allies, and even by our own operatives, endangers our citizens and especially our troops deployed internationally.
|Introduction : an early glimpse|
|Ch. 1||The fall of Abu Ghraib||1|
|Ch. 2||The lessons of Latin American human rights history||28|
|Ch. 3||From the Latin American torture cells||56|
|Ch. 4||What can be done : the law||105|
|Ch. 5||Paying the price||144|
|Conclusion : reflections on our future||183|
Posted July 1, 2006
For many Americans Abu Ghraib was a shocking revelation of American involvement in torture and gross violations of human rights. Even political leaders who should know better seemed overome by the pictures of naked detainees, piled on each other, masturbating, bitten by dogs and beaten by guards with CIA operatives and Titan contractors 'standing by.' After reading Jeniffer Harbury's book one sees clearly that Abu Ghraib was not an anamoly but one episode in a long history of the American government's sponsorship of torture. Since Abu Ghraib many investigations and many reports have been written but I think none brings into clearer focus the long history of human cost and legal consequences of the U.S. aberrant and abhorrent foreign policy. Equating torture as the 'American Way' may rankle some people but I hope they will wrestle with Jennifer Harbury's book and discovery the truth she has painfully wrested from her personal experience and legal career. It is truth that should concern us all.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.