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Payments: Special financing available. An error occurred, please try again. Good : A book that has been read but is in good condition. George W. Bush calls them an 'alternative set of procedures', vital tools needed 'to protect the American people and our allies'.

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By any definition, these techniques are torture. In American Torture Michael Otterman reveals how torture became standard practice in today's War on Terror and how it was refined, spread and legalised. Long before Abu Ghraib became a household name, the US military and CIA had used torture with impunity both 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.

As the Cold War ended, these tortures were legalised using the very laws, designed to eradicate their use. Torture violates more than international law and fundamental human rights-it radicalises enemies, undermines credibility and yields unreliable intelligence. Above all, the practice does not make the world a safer place. Book jacket. American Torture is a hard-hitting survey revealing how torture became a standard practice in the War on Terror, how it was honed and legalised and how the military and CIA had used torture before both at home and abroad.

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These tortures were legalized using the laws designed to eradicate their use as the Cold War ended.. Frankly, I'd rather deal with the permanent damage inflicted by American Torture on my psyche than live in benighted ignorance of the damage our nation wreaks on human beings in captivity every day. Seller does not offer returns. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about American Torture , please sign up.

Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. A great history on how America Tortures prison inmates and how President Bush keep it going while in office. Really shows how illegal some of Bushe's torture techniques were. Why he got away with it while in office and really goes over all the internationl laws that h broke.

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The author also throws others from th Bush administration under the bus as well. Dec 12, Erkan Saka rated it liked it Shelves: politics.


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Repetitives towards the end. Feb 16, Sodom Hussein rated it it was amazing Shelves: journalism , history , psychology , dystopia , war.

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Difficult subject to read about but well written and includes a lot of important information. Jan 04, Mitch S rated it liked it.

A non fiction on the history of american torture. Morbidly fascinating if you are curious, but a lot of people looked at me weird for reading this. America uses acts of terrorism to transcend international war laws. We condemned Nazis for eugenics but america has done farrrrrr worse. They conclusively proved that rapport building a friendship type building excercise used by the FBI yields information from captured enemies.

Then the CIA continues to advance new types of torture to "quell the A non fiction on the history of american torture. Then the CIA continues to advance new types of torture to "quell the new terror threat". After releasing the tortured detanies it breeds more actual terrorits because of what was done to the people. Americuhhh , torturing peeps to protect you. Not for the easily sickened or well adjusted. Overall, the author provided a clear, compelling summation of the history of torture and the US' policy toward using it and abusing international law.

Not much of an argument or an ask from the reader, which was a bit refreshing. But, there was a clear underlying attempt to show the reader how absurd the US government was and is in interpreting and acting on how to best serve and preserve our country and its values by providing numerous, well-researched examples, such as our mirroring of Soviet Overall, the author provided a clear, compelling summation of the history of torture and the US' policy toward using it and abusing international law.

But, there was a clear underlying attempt to show the reader how absurd the US government was and is in interpreting and acting on how to best serve and preserve our country and its values by providing numerous, well-researched examples, such as our mirroring of Soviet psychological tactics and Nazi "scientific" experiments and more recently of Guantanamo and its repercussions.