Torture Team: Rumsfeld's Memo and the Betrayal of American Values

Torture Team: Rumsfeld's Memo and the Betrayal of American Values

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By (author) Professor Philippe Sands

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Paperback | 270 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 229mm x 25mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 12 May 2009
  • ISBN 10: 0230614434
  • ISBN 13: 9780230614437
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 469,908

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In 2002 Donald Rumsfeld signed a memo that authorized the controversial interrogation practices that later migrated to Guantanamo, Afghanistan, Abu Ghraib, and elsewhere. From a behind-the-scenes vantage point, Phillipe Sands investigates how this memo set the stage for a divergence from the Geneva Convention and the Torture Convention and holds the individual gatekeepers in the Bush administration accountable for their failure to safeguard international law. Cited in Congressional hearings, "Torture Team" is the "rigorous, honest, devastating" (Vanessa Redgrave) account of high ranking members of the Bush administration's involvement in authorizing torture and subsequent attempt to cover their tracks.

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Philippe Sands is an international lawyer and a professor of law at University College London. He is the author of "Lawless World" and is frequently a commentator on news and current affairs programs including CNN, MSNBC, and BBC World Service. He has been involved in many leading international cases, including those involving the treatment of British detainees at Guantanamo Bay. He lives in London, England.

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A remorseless, shocking, forensic narrative, "Torture Team" leads us from Rumsfeld's office in the Pentagon, via a score of eager-to-please lawyers and bureaucrats, and shows us the brutal consequences for one detainee. The parallel with Nazi Germany's descent into immorality is impossible to escape. This may well be the most important book to emerge since 9/11.--Robert Harris, journalist and bestselling author of Pompeii, Imperium and The Ghost