Unspeakable Acts, Ordinary People: The Dynamics of Torture / Edition 1

Unspeakable Acts, Ordinary People: The Dynamics of Torture / Edition 1

by John Conroy
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520230396

ISBN-13: 9780520230392

Pub. Date: 09/25/2001

Publisher: University of California Press

Unspeakable Acts, Ordinary People is a riveting book that exposes the potential in each of us for acting unspeakably. John Conroy sits down with torturers from several nations and comes to understand their motivations. His compelling narrative has the tension of a novel. He takes us into a Chicago police station, two villages in the West Bank, and a secret

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Unspeakable Acts, Ordinary People is a riveting book that exposes the potential in each of us for acting unspeakably. John Conroy sits down with torturers from several nations and comes to understand their motivations. His compelling narrative has the tension of a novel. He takes us into a Chicago police station, two villages in the West Bank, and a secret British interrogation center in Northern Ireland, and in the process we are exposed to the experience of the victim, the rationalizations of the torturer, and the seeming indifference of the bystander. The torture occurs in democracies that ostensibly value justice, due process, and human rights, and yet the perpetrators and their superiors escape without punishment, revealing much about the dynamics of torture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520230392
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
09/25/2001
Series:
Social Science/Human Rights
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
315
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Introductionix
1Belfast: The Five Techniques3
2Israel: Night of the Broken Clubs11
3Chicago: Getting Confessions21
4History and Method27
5Belfast: "No Brutality of Any Kind"39
6Israel: A Dangerous Report48
7Chicago: "The Pain Stays in Your Head"60
8Torturers88
9Belfast: Ireland vs. the U.K.123
10Israel: The Court-Martial138
11Chicago: Informants158
12Victims169
13Belfast: Life Sentences184
14Israel: "The Next Step Is to God"199
15Chicago: The Public Is Not Aroused225
16Bystanders242
Bibliographical Note257
Acknowledgments291
Index295

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