Torture and Truth America, Abu Ghraib, and the War on Terrror

by
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2004-10-31
Publisher(s): New York Review Books
List Price: $24.95

Buy New

Usually Ships in 5-7 Business Days
$24.20

Buy Used

Usually Ships in 24-48 Hours
$17.96

Rent Book

Select for Price
There was a problem. Please try again later.

eBook

We're Sorry
Not Available

This item is being sold by an Individual Seller and will not ship from the Online Bookstore's warehouse. The Seller must confirm the order within two business days. If the Seller refuses to sell or fails to confirm within this time frame, then the order is cancelled.

Please be sure to read the Description offered by the Seller.

Summary

Includes the torture photographs in color and the full texts of the secret administration memos on torture and the investigative reports on the abuses at Abu Ghraib. In the spring of 2004, graphic photographs of Iraqi prisoners being tortured by American soldiers in Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison flashed around the world, provoking outraged debate. Did they depict the rogue behavior of "a few bad apples"? Or did they in fact reveal that the US government had decided to use brutal tactics in the "war on terror"? The images are shocking, but they do not tell the whole story. The abuses at Abu Ghraib were not isolated incidents but the result of a chain of deliberate decisions and failures of command. To understand how "Hooded Man" and "Leashed Man" could have happened, Mark Danner turns to the documents that are collected for the first time in this book. These documents include secret government memos, some never before published, that portray a fierce argument within the Bush administration over whether al-Qaeda and Taliban prisoners were protected by the Geneva Conventions and how far the US could go in interrogating them. There are also official reports on abuses at Abu Ghraib by the International Committee of the Red Cross, by US Army investigators, and by an independent panel chaired by former defense secretary James R. Schlesinger. In sifting this evidence, Danner traces the path by which harsh methods of interrogation approved for suspected terrorists in Afghanistan and Guantnamo "migrated" to Iraq as resistance to the US occupation grew and US casualties mounted. Yet as Mark Danner writes, the real scandal here is political: it "is not about revelation or disclosure but about the failure, once wrongdoing is disclosed, of politicians, officials, the press, and, ultimately, citizens to act." For once we know the story the photos and documents tell, we are left with the questions they pose for our democratic society: Does fighting a "new kind of war" on terror justify torture? Who will we hold responsible for deciding to pursue such a policy, and what will be the moral and political costs to the country?

Author Biography

Mark Danner is Professor of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley and Henry R. Luce Professor of Human Rights and Journalism at Bard College.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xiii
I Torture and Truth
1(9)
II The Logic of Torture
10(16)
III The Secret Road to Abu Ghraib
26(27)
Addenda: The Context
IV Iraq: The New War
53(7)
V Delusions in Baghdad
60(13)
Appendices: Torture and Truth in Words and Pictures
Introduction
73(2)
Appendix I: Disputation: Arguing Torture
Introduction
75(3)
Who Is Protected?: The Debate Over Pows
1 Military Order of November 13, 2000
78(5)
2 Memo: Alberto Gonzales to President Bush, January 25, 2002
83(5)
3 Memo: Colin Powell to Alberto Gonzales, January 26, 2002
88(4)
4 Letter: John Ashcroft to President Bush, February 1, 2002
92(2)
5 Memo: William H. Taft IV to Alberto Gonzales, February 2, 2002
94(2)
6 Memo: Jay S. Bybee to Alberto Gonzales, February 7, 2002
96(9)
7 Memo: President Bush on Humane Treatment of al-Qaeda and Taliban Detainees, February 7, 2002
105(3)
What Is Torture?: The Debate Over Interrogation
1 Letter: John C. Yoo to Alberto Gonzales, August 1, 2002
108(7)
2 Memo: Jay S. Bybee to Alberto Gonzales, August 1, 2002
115(52)
3 Memo: LTC Jerald Phifer to MG Michael Dunlavey, October 11, 2002
167(2)
4a Memo: LTC Diane E. Beaver, SJA, to MG Michael Dunlavey, October 11, 2002
169(1)
4b Legal Brief: LTC Diane E. Beaver, October 11, 2002
170(8)
5 Memo: MG Michael Dunlavey to General James T. Hill, October It, 2002
178(1)
6 Memo: General James T. Hill to General Richard B. Myers, October 25, 2002
179(2)
7 Memo: William J. Haynes II to Donald Rumsfeld, December 2, 2002
181(2)
8 Memo: Donald Rumsfeld to General James T. Hill, January 15, 2003
183(1)
9 Memo: Donald Rumsfeld to William J. Haynes II, January 15, 2003
184(1)
10 Memo: William J. Haynes II to Mary L. Walker, January's, 2003
185(2)
11 Pentagon Working Group Report, April 4, 2003 (excerpts)
187(12)
12 Memo: Donald Rumsfeld to General James T. Hill, April 16, 2003
199(6)
13 Report of MG Geoffrey D. Miller, September 13, 2003
205
Appendix II: Revelation-The Story Breaks
Introduction
215(2)
The Photographs
217(8)
The Depositions: The Prisoners Speak
225(24)
The Witnesses: The Red Cross Report
249(28)
Appendix III: Investigation-Working Toward Truth
Introduction
277(2)
The Taguba Report
279(50)
The Schlesinger Report
329(74)
The Fay/Jones Report
403(177)
About the Author 580

An electronic version of this book is available through VitalSource.

This book is viewable on PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and most smartphones.

By purchasing, you will be able to view this book online, as well as download it, for the chosen number of days.

A downloadable version of this book is available through the eCampus Reader or compatible Adobe readers.

Applications are available on iOS, Android, PC, Mac, and Windows Mobile platforms.

Please view the compatibility matrix prior to purchase.