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The United States and Torture
Author: Marjorie Cohn

ISBN: 9780814717325
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 356
Published: 28 December 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 583.0 x 389.5 x 2.7
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Waterboarding. Sleep deprivation. Sensory manipulation. Stress positions. Over the last several years, these and other methods of torture have become garden variety words for practically anyone who reads about current events in a newspaper or blog. We know exactly what they are, how to administer them, and, disturbingly, that they were secretly authorized by the Bush Administration in its efforts to extract information from people detained in its war on terror. What we lack, however, is a larger lens through which to view America's policy of torture -- one that dissects America's long relationship with interrogation and torture, which roots back to the 1950s and has been applied, mostly in secret, to "enemies," ever since. How did America come to embrace this practice so fully, and how was it justified from a moral, legal, and psychological perspective?

The United States and Torture opens with a compelling preface by Sister Dianna Ortiz, who describes the unimaginable treatment she endured in Guatemala in 1987 at the hands of the United States, who was supporting that country's dictatorship. Then a psychologist, a historian, a politic...

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