American Torture

American Torture : From the Cold War to Abu Ghraib and Beyond

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George W. Bush calls them an 'alternative set of procedures', vital tools needed 'to protect the American people and our allies'. American Torture reveals how torture became standard practice in today's War on Terror.'Tools' including being forced standing for up to forty hours, sleep deprivation for weeks on end and dousing naked prisoners with ice are undeniably torture, and they are used by the United States of America. Long before Abu Ghraib became a household name, the US military and CIA used torture with impunity at home and abroad. Billions of dollars were spent during the Cold War studying, refining, then teaching these techniques to American interrogators and to foreign officers charged with keeping Communism at bay. This book writes the history of these methods and their invention and adoption by US military more

Product details

  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 144.8 x 223.5 x 22.9mm | 385.56g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745326706
  • 9780745326702
  • 605,861

About Michael Otterman

Michael Otterman is an award-winning freelance journalist and human rights consultant. He was a recent visiting scholar at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney. He is the author of American Torture (Pluto, 2007).show more

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'A hard-hitting survey revealing how torture became a standard practice in the War on Terror' -- Internet Bookwatchshow more

Table of contents

List of Acronyms In Their Own Words 1. A Climate of Fear 2. Stress Inoculation 3. Codifying Cruelty 4. The Phoenix Factor 5. In America's Backyard 6. The Human Cost 7. Alive and Legal 8. The Gloves Come Off, Part I 9. Guantanamo 10. The Gloves Come Off, Part II The Dual State Appendix I: Human Resource Exploitation Training Manual - 1983 Notes Bibliography Indexshow more

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