Torture

Torture

Does It Make Us Safer? Is It Ever OK? : A Human Rights Perspective

Book - 2005
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Of all the issues on the human rights agenda, torture offered Americans the moral high ground . . . until this year. With the abuses at Abu Ghraib that led to accusations of torture within the domestic criminal justice system, the question of cruel and unusual treatment has taken on new urgency in the United States and elsewhere.

In Torture , twelve newly written essays by leading thinkers and experts range over history and continents, offering a nuanced, up-to-the-minute exploration of this wrenching but timely topic, including, among others, Reed Brody on the road to Abu Ghraib and "ghost detainees"; Eitan Felner on the Israeli experience; Tom Malinowski on violations of State Department "forbidden practices" at Abu Ghraib and in Afghanistan; Kenneth Roth on the U.S. government's shift from cover-up to justification; and Minky Worden on a global survey of torturing countries.

Intended for a general audience, some of the key questions addressed include how to define torture, whether torture is ever effective, and whether it is ever acceptable.

Publisher: New York : New Press : Distributed by W.W. Norton, c2005
ISBN: 9781565849716
156584971X
Characteristics: xiii, 218 p. ; 21 cm
Other Standard Identifier: 9781565849716

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Liber_vermis
Feb 26, 2012

A readable and thorough collection of essays on this important and timeless topic (once one gets passed the ambivalent 'contribution' by Michael Ignatieff - the only essay that condones torture as “the lesser of two evils”.).

In a single paragraph in his essay, Eitan Felner 'explodes' the "ticking bomb" scenario used to justify the use of torture as recently as February 2012 by the Canadian federal minister of Public Safety [p. 32].

Although some of the items in this collection of essays may be dated as they address the human rights abuses and torture incidents of the Presidency of George W. Bush many of the essays have a lasting value. By and large the essays are by lawyers who have defended torture victims, doctors who have treated victims, and several victims of torture; rather than Ivory Tower philosophers.

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Feb 26, 2012

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Liber_vermis
Feb 26, 2012

Violence: This book contains explicit descriptions of physical and psychological torture.

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Feb 26, 2012

"The 'picana' was originally created to be a cattle prod ... The pain I suffered with each discharge was so intense that my whole body tensed up; many muscles ached for several days after my treatment. When applied in the mouth, face, or head, the shock creates the sensation of a blackout. Needless to say, I screamed at the top of my lungs; the interrogators assured me that no one could hear me. ..." [p. 58]

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