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Torture And Impunity

American Torture
Author: Alfred W. McCoy
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Pres
ISBN: 0299288536
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Many Americans have condemned the “enhanced interrogation” techniques used in the War on Terror as a transgression of human rights. But the United States has done almost nothing to prosecute past abuses or prevent future violations. Tracing this knotty contradiction from the 1950s to the present, historian Alfred W. McCoy probes the political and cultural dynamics that have made impunity for torture a bipartisan policy of the U.S. government. During the Cold War, McCoy argues, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency covertly funded psychological experiments designed to weaken a subject’s resistance to interrogation. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the CIA revived these harsh methods, while U.S. media was flooded with seductive images that normalized torture for many Americans. Ten years later, the U.S. had failed to punish the perpetrators or the powerful who commanded them, and continued to exploit intelligence extracted under torture by surrogates from Somalia to Afghanistan. Although Washington has publicly distanced itself from torture, disturbing images from the prisons at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo are seared into human memory, doing lasting damage to America’s moral authority as a world leader.
American Torture
Language: un
Pages: 285
Authors: Michael Otterman
Categories: Civil rights
Type: BOOK - Published: 2007-01-01 - Publisher: Melbourne Univ. Publishing
Contrary to US government assertions, the Abu Ghraib photos do not reflect the perverse handiwork of a 'few bad apples'. As American Torture reveals, tortures such as sensory deprivation, sexual humiliation and forced standing are core elements of the American detention regime, a product of more than sixty years of government research and development fully detailed in extensive CIA manuals. In the wake of the Abu Ghraib scandal, mainstream media and human rights organisations have exhaustively documented the American use of torture in detention centres around the world. Although expansive, these reports lack context. American Torture examines the origins of this detention regime and traces how it was refined, spread and kept legal. Along the way, American Torture uncovers the effects of state-sponsored torture and deconstructs the myths espoused by its proponents. What are the ramifications of such praxis for global security? The book will also feature an interview with Mamdouh Habib, and look at the plight of Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks.
The Prohibition of Torture and Ill-treatment in the Inter-American Human Rights System
Language: en
Pages: 294
Authors: Diego Rodríguez Pinzón, Claudia Martin
Categories: Civil rights
Type: BOOK - Published: 2006 - Publisher: Boris Wijkstrom
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Torture and Impunity
Language: un
Pages: 298
Authors: Alfred W. McCoy
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-08-24 - Publisher: University of Wisconsin Pres
Many Americans have condemned the “enhanced interrogation” techniques used in the War on Terror as a transgression of human rights. But the United States has done almost nothing to prosecute past abuses or prevent future violations. Tracing this knotty contradiction from the 1950s to the present, historian Alfred W. McCoy probes the political and cultural dynamics that have made impunity for torture a bipartisan policy of the U.S. government. During the Cold War, McCoy argues, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency covertly funded psychological experiments designed to weaken a subject’s resistance to interrogation. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the CIA revived these harsh methods, while U.S. media was flooded with seductive images that normalized torture for many Americans. Ten years later, the U.S. had failed to punish the perpetrators or the powerful who commanded them, and continued to exploit intelligence extracted under torture by surrogates from Somalia to Afghanistan. Although Washington has publicly distanced itself from torture, disturbing images from the prisons at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo are seared into human memory, doing lasting damage to America’s moral authority as a world leader.
Truth, Torture, and the American Way
Language: un
Pages: 227
Authors: Jennifer Harbury
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2005 - Publisher: Beacon Press
Jennifer Harbury's investigation into torture began when her husband disappeared in Guatemala in 1992; she told the story of his torture and murder in Searching for Everardo. For over a decade since, Harbury has used her formidable legal, research, and organizing skills to press for the U.S. government's disclosure of America's involvement in harrowing abuses in Latin America, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. A draft of this book had just been completed when the first photos from Abu Ghraib were published; tragically, many of Harbury's deepest fears about America's own abuses were graphically confirmed by those horrific images. 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
Torture in Latin America
Language: en
Pages: 71
Authors: Jennifer Harbury
Categories: Civil rights
Type: BOOK - Published: 1986 - Publisher:
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Torture
Language: en
Pages: 200
Authors: Debra A. Miller
Categories: Juvenile Nonfiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009 - Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing LLC
Debates the prevalence, efficacy, and morality of torture, and then discusses what America's policy should be on the issue.
The American Legion
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Debra A. Miller
Categories: United States
Type: BOOK - Published: 2002 - Publisher:
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Law & Inequality
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Debra A. Miller
Categories: Civil rights
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011 - Publisher:
Books about Law & Inequality
MACLAS Latin American Essays
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Debra A. Miller
Categories: Latin America
Type: BOOK - Published: 1987 - Publisher:
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None of Us Were Like This Before: American Soldiers and Torture
Language: un
Pages: 256
Authors: Joshua E. S. Phillips
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-07-04 - Publisher: Verso Books
Recounts the journey of a U.S. tank battalion's prisoner detention duties, showing how a group of ordinary soldiers, ill-trained for their new responsibilities, descended into the degradations of abuse.