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Getting away with torture : secret government, war crimes, and the rule of law /
Christopher H. Pyle.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
Washington, D.C. : Potomac Books, c2009.
description
xiii, 339 p.
ISBN
1597973874 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9781597973878 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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imprint
Washington, D.C. : Potomac Books, c2009.
isbn
1597973874 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9781597973878 (hardcover : alk. paper)
contents note
A policy of torture -- Unleashing the dogs of war -- Torture by proxy -- Signaling permission -- Covering up -- The war criminals -- Torture reconsidered -- Congress : the enablers -- Judicial complicity -- Why do they hate our freedoms? -- Restoring the rule of law.
catalogue key
6824031
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"A collection of statistics, legal proceedings, personal accounts, and photographs, the book delivers a striking blow to the conscience, revealing information that will make both Democrats and Republicans cringe. . . . A compelling collection of facts and stories with the detail one would expect from a former military intelligence officer and legal expert."
A collection of statistics, legal proceedings, personal accounts, and photographs, the book delivers a striking blow to the conscience, revealing information that will make both Democrats and Republicans cringe. . . . A compelling collection of facts and stories with the detail one would expect from a former military intelligence officer and legal expert.
"A comprehensive look into the Bush administration's 'war on terror' policies.
"A comprehensive look into the Bush administration's 'war on terror' policies."
"An exceptional study of the very deliberate steps taken after 9/11 toward unconstitutional government, a series of grave misjudgments by executive officials, Congress, the courts, and the general public. Christopher Pyle is to be commended for an unflinching condemnation of public policy that has left America weaker politically, economically, morally, and legally."
An exceptional study of the very deliberate steps taken after 9/11 toward unconstitutional government, a series of grave misjudgments by executive officials, Congress, the courts, and the general public. Christopher Pyle is to be commended for an unflinching condemnation of public policy that has left America weaker politically, economically, morally, and legally.
"A study of the steps taken by the Bush Administration after 9/11 to wage its war on terrorism. The result of those steps, [the author] writes, was that the U.S. became a country that is 'no longer a constitutional government under law.' This is an unsettling book -- not to mention the disturbing photos of prisoner abuse and the self-satisfied visages of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld et al that are contained within. Nor does he take the easy out of concluding that, with the election of Barack Obama, we have turned the page."
A study of the steps taken by the Bush Administration after 9/11 to wage its war on terrorism. The result of those steps, [the author] writes, was that the U.S. became a country that is 'no longer a constitutional government under law.' This is an unsettling book -- not to mention the disturbing photos of prisoner abuse and the self-satisfied visages of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld et al that are contained within. Nor does he take the easy out of concluding that, with the election of Barack Obama, we have turned the page.
"A welcome addition to the growing body of literature on the subject. . . . As can be expected from an author of such distinction, Getting Away with Torture is an exceptionally well-sourced book. [The author] follows the paper trail of torture memos leading to abuses at Guantanamo, in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere in meticulous detail. . . . Curbing government secrecy will be a long, often frustrating battle. . . . These depressing trends make it imperative that Pyle's book is read as widely as possible."
A welcome addition to the growing body of literature on the subject. . . . As can be expected from an author of such distinction, Getting Away with Torture is an exceptionally well-sourced book. [The author] follows the paper trail of torture memos leading to abuses at Guantanamo, in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere in meticulous detail. . . . Curbing government secrecy will be a long, often frustrating battle. . . . These depressing trends make it imperative that Pyle's book is read as widely as possible."
"Christopher Pyle has written a deeply documented and riveting exposure of the systemic torture policy that has discredited us among our allies and--as shown in a recent bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee report--has served the terrorists as a very useful recruiting tool. Getting Away with Torture is a permanent contribution to restoring our Constitution and our moral credibility in the world."
Christopher Pyle has written a deeply documented and riveting exposure of the systemic torture policy that has discredited us among our allies and--as shown in a recent bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee report--has served the terrorists as a very useful recruiting tool. Getting Away with Torture is a permanent contribution to restoring our Constitution and our moral credibility in the world.
" Getting Away with Torture is an exceptionally well-sourced book. It will appeal to scholars, students, and general readers. Avoiding technical terms, Pyle follows the paper trail of torture memos leading to abuses at Guantanamo, and in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere in meticulous detail."
Getting Away with Torture is an exceptionally well-sourced book. It will appeal to scholars, students, and general readers. Avoiding technical terms, Pyle follows the paper trail of torture memos leading to abuses at Guantanamo, and in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere in meticulous detail.
" Getting Away with Torture is a timely tour de force. Pyle's thought-provoking analysis of President George W. Bush's 'war on international terrorism' is as enlightening as it is disturbing. A must-read."
Getting Away with Torture is a timely tour de force. Pyle's thought-provoking analysis of President George W. Bush's 'war on international terrorism' is as enlightening as it is disturbing. A must-read.
"This riveting book by one of the unsung heroes of the Watergate era shows that it is not enough to prosecute the war criminals; we must undo the elected monarchy that short-sighted Democrats and Republicans have constructed, revive checks and balances, and restore the rule of law."
This riveting book by one of the unsung heroes of the Watergate era shows that it is not enough to prosecute the war criminals; we must undo the elected monarchy that short-sighted Democrats and Republicans have constructed, revive checks and balances, and restore the rule of law.
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
This work reveals how the highest officials of the Bush-Cheney administration planned, authorized, encouraged and concealed war crimes relating to the torture of prisoners.
Main Description
That American forces should torture prisoners in their Swar on terror is disturbing, but more shocking still is that the highest officials of the Bush-Cheney administration planned, authorized, encouraged, and concealed these war crimes. When the Supreme Court ruled that the officials were bound by the Geneva Conventions, a Republican Congress responded by granting amnesty to all responsible, from lowly interrogators to the president, while conservative judges erected a wall of secrecy to protect them even from civil liability. Meanwhile, timid Democrats have shown little stomach for repealing the amnesty law and bringing those responsible to justice. Many Americans, including those who endorsed torture to find Sticking bombs that never were, are now embarrassed by credible reports of CIA kidnappings for purposes of torture, secret prisons into which prisoners have disappeared without a trace, and rigged tribunals to convict al Qaeda "s criminals on evidence obtained by torture. But the problem is not just embarrassment; it is the widespread acceptance of unaccountable, secret government that now threatens to destroy the very foundations of constitutional government. The moral standing of the United States will not be restored, Christopher Pyle argues, until a concerted effort is made to bring our secret government under the rule of law.
Main Description
That American forces should torture prisoners in their "war" on terror is disturbing, but more shocking still is that the highest officials of the Bush-Cheney administration planned, authorized, encouraged, and concealed these war crimes. When the Supreme Court ruled that the officials were bound by the Geneva Conventions, a Republican Congress responded by granting amnesty to all responsible, from lowly interrogators to the president, while conservative judges erected a wall of secrecy to protect them even from civil liability. Meanwhile, timid Democrats have shown little stomach for repealing the amnesty law and bringing those responsible to justice. Many Americans, including those who endorsed torture to find "ticking bombs" that never were, are now embarrassed by credible reports of CIA kidnappings for purposes of torture, secret prisons into which prisoners have disappeared without a trace, and rigged tribunals to convict al Qaeda's criminals on evidence obtained by torture. But the problem is not just embarrassment; it is the widespread acceptance of unaccountable, secret government that now threatens to destroy the very foundations of constitutional government. The moral standing of the United States will not be restored, Christopher Pyle argues, until a concerted effort is made to bring our secret government under the rule of law.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
A Policy of Torturep. 1
Unleashing the Dogs of Warp. 35
Torture by Proxyp. 61
Signaling Permissionp. 79
Covering Upp. 103
The War Criminalsp. 121
Torture Reconsideredp. 135
Congress: The Enablersp. 155
Judicial Complicityp. 181
Why Do They Hate Our Freedoms?p. 229
Restoring the Rule of Lawp. 249
Notesp. 267
A Note on Sourcesp. 317
Acknowledgmentsp. 323
Indexp. 325
About the Authorp. 339
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