Synopses & Reviews
The Torture Papers consists of the so-called 'torture memos' and reports which US government officials wrote to prepare the way for and to document coercive interrogation and torture in Afghanistan, Guantanamo, and Abu Ghraib. It presents for the first time a compilation of materials that prior to publication have existed only piecemeal in the public domain. The Bush Administration, concerned about the legality of harsh interrogation techniques, understood the need to establish a legally viable argument to justify such procedures. The memos and reports document the systematic attempt of the US Government to prepare the way for torture techniques and coercive interrogation practices, forbidden under international law, with the express intent of evading legal punishment in the aftermath if any discovery of these practices and policies.
"[T]he book provides a damning paper trail that reveals, in uninflected bureaucratic prose, the roots that those terrible images had in decisions made at the highest levels of the Bush administration....[N]ecessary, if grueling, reading for anyone interested in understanding the back story to those terrible photos." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"This is not a collection of complex legalese but pages where a clear episodic story unfolds free of bias and spin....This is required reading for everyone concerned with fairness, justice, and difficult choices made under the pressures of our post 9/11 world." Nadine Strossen, President, American Civil Liberties Union
"The Torture Papers may well be the most important and damning set of documents exposing U.S. government lawlessness ever published. Each page tells the story of U.S. leaders consciously willing to ignore the fundamental protections that guarantee all of us our humanity. I fear for our future. Read these pages and weep for our country, the rule of law and victims of torture everywhere." Michael Ratner, President, Center for Constitutional Rights
Consists of the torture memos and reports which US government officials wrote to prepare the way for, and to legitimize, coercive interrogation, including techniques many would label as torture, in Afghanistan, Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib. This compilation is the first time the documents have been compiled in one source.
Documents US Government attempts to justify torture techniques and coercive interrogation practices in ongoing hostilities.
The Torture Papers document the so-called 'torture memos' and reports which US government officials wrote to prepare the way for, and to document, coercive interrogation and torture in Afghanistan, Guantanamo, and Abu Ghraib. The Papers document materials that prior to publication have existed only piecemeal in the public domain.
These volumes document the US government's alleged attempt to justify torture techniques and coercive interrogation practices.
About the Author
Karen J. Greenberg is the executive director of the Center on Law and Security at the New York University School of Law.Joshua L. Dratel serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is currently assisting in the defense of Guantanamo detainees.
Table of Contents
Part I. The Set of Internal Bush Administration Memos on the Legal Use of Torture: Part II. Investigations and Reports Documenting Prison Abuse and Human Rights Violations Including The Taguba Report on Abu Ghraib, the Mikolashek Report on Guantanamo, and the Fay-Jones Report on Interrogation Techniques.