Does It Make Us Safer? Is It Ever OK? : A Human Rights PerspectiveBook - 2005
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.
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"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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