The Torture Papers

The Torture Papers

The Road to Abu Ghraib

Book - 2005
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Baker & Taylor
Gathers documents written by U.S. government officials seeking to establish legal justification for the use of coercive interrogation and torture and to absolve those implementing the policies of any wrongdoing.

Cambridge Univ Pr
Documents US Government attempts to justify torture techniques and coercive interrogation practices in ongoing hostilities.
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.

& Taylor

The torture memos and reports which U.S. government officials wrote to prepare for and legitimize coercive interrogation, including techniques many would label as torture, are brought together in this collection of documents. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005.
ISBN: 9780521853248
Characteristics: xxxiv, 1249 p. : ill. ; 27 cm.


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