Torture Team: Uncovering War Crimes in the Land of the FreePaperback
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- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 368 pages
- Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 21mm | 274g
- Publication date: 7 May 2009
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0141031328
- ISBN 13: 9780141031323
- Illustrations note: ports.
- Sales rank: 452,862
'May well be the best bit of contemporary investigative journalism you will read! follows a paper trail and nails the truth' - Rod Liddle, "Sunday Times". 'Gripping, furious and very serious indeed' - John le Carre. After 9/11, the Bush administration declared that it would have to work through 'the dark side'. And it did: the Administration turned its back on the rules and on America's commitment to the dignity of every human person. It embraced torture, looking for legal advice that justified cruelty, and making sure that it found it. Voices of dissent - in the military and elsewhere - were pushed aside, as ideology and incompotence led to illegal interrogation techniques encouraged by Jack Bauer in 24. In "Torture Team", Philippe Sands travels around America, tracking down those responsible. In their own words, he shows how war crimes were committed. He opens the door to accountability and justice. 'It was not skulking renegades who emboldened ordinary Americans to strip and leash their captives, to expose them to snarling dogs and to half-drown them. It was suited attorneys' - Sadakat Kadri, "Daily Telegraph". 'How did a state conceived in awe of The Rights of Man make psychopaths of its children? Meticulously, soberly, astonishingly, [Sands] finds the answer' - Rafael Behr, "Observer".
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Philippe Sands QC has been Professor of Law at University College London since 2002 and has also taught at Boston College Law School, Cambridge University and New York University Law School. He is the author of the acclaimed Lawless World: Making and Breaking Global Rules as well as several other books on international law. He participated in the negotiation of the 1992 Climate Change Convention and the 1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. He is also a practising barrister at Matrix Chambers and has been involved in leading cases before English and international courts including those concerning Senator Augusto Pinochet and the Guantanamo and Belmarsh detainees. He lives in London with his wife and three children.
'A gripping book ... one day we'll see the captains of the torture team in court.' - Michael Byers, Guardian 'May well be the best bit of contemporary investigative journalism you will read ... follows a paper trail and nails the truth.' - Rod Liddle, Sunday Times 'Gripping furious and very serious indeed.' - John le Carre