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Torture Papers: The Road to Abu Ghraib / Edition 1

Torture Papers: The Road to Abu Ghraib / Edition 1

by Karen J. Greenberg


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Torture Papers: The Road to Abu Ghraib / Edition 1

The Torture Papers document the so-called 'torture memos' and reports which US government officials wrote to prepare the way for, and to document, coercive interrogation and torture in Afghanistan, Guantanamo, and Abu Ghraib. These documents present for the first time a compilation of materials that prior to publication have existed only piecemeal in the public domain. The Bush Administration, concerned about the legality of harsh interrogation techniques, understood the need to establish a legally viable argument to justify such procedures. The memos and reports document the systematic attempt of the US Government to prepare the way for torture techniques and coercive interrogation practices, forbidden under international law, with the express intent of evading legal punishment in the aftermath of any discovery of these practices and policies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900521853247
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/26/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 1284
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Karen J. Greenberg is the executive director of the Center on Law and Security at the New York University School of Law.

Joshua L. Dratel serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is currently assisting in the defense of Guantanamo detainees.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Anthony Lewis; 2. From fear to torture Karen J. Greenberg; 3. The legal narrative Joshua L. Dratel; 4. Timeline; 5. Missing documents; 6. Biographical sketches; 7. Memoranda.

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