A Collection

Book - 2004
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Torture is perhaps the most unequivocally banned practice in the world today. Yet within six weeks after September 11, articles began appearing suggesting that torture might be "required" in order to interrogate suspected terrorists about future possibilities of violence. The United States andsome of its allies are using methods of questioning relating to the war on terrorism that could be described as torture or, at the very least, as inhuman and degrading. It is known that the United States sent some suspected terrorists to allied countries that are well known to engage in torture. Andin terror's wake, the use of such methods, at least under some conditions, has gained some prominent defenders. Torture: A Collection brings together leading lawyers, political theorists, social scientists, and public intellectuals to debate the advisability of maintaining the absolute ban on torture and to reflect on what it says about our societies if we do--or do not--adhere to it in all circumstances.One important question is how we define torture at all. Are "cruel and inhumane" practices that result in profound physical or mental discomfort tolerable so long as they do not meet some definition of "torture"? And how much "transparency" do we really want with regard to interrogation practices?Is "don't ask, don't tell" an acceptable response to those who concern themselves about these practices? Addressing these questions and more, this book tackles one of the most controversial issues that we face today. The noted contributors include Ariel Dorfman, Elaine Scarry, Alan Dershowitz, Judge Richard Posner, Michael Walzer, Jean Bethke Elshtain, and other lawyers from both the United States and abroad.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2004
ISBN: 9780195172898
Characteristics: vi, 319 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Levinson, Sanford 1941-

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Dec 09, 2014

Timely revelation - Dec. 9, 2014: . . . “U.S. Senate report condemns CIA harsh interrogations” . . . “Report says CIA misled the public and policymakers about interrogation program” . . . . . . . look for these other titles: . . . “Torture and Truth: America, Abu Ghraib, and the War on Terror” by Danner Mark . . . . . “Oath Betrayed: America’s Torture Doctors” by Steven H. Miles . . . . . . “Monstering: Inside America's Policy of Secret Interrogations and Torture in the Terror War” by Tara McKelvey

Dec 09, 2014

Torture is terror, and without due process, how is anyone to know if only mostly innocents are being tortured? When the Clinton and Bush administrations had pro-democracy activists from Libya, Egypt and Syria, extreme renditioned back to those countries to be tortured and worse, what conceivable justification could exist for such abominable actions? [Other then currying favor from those countries to sign onto the WTO's Financial Services Agreement, which would allow their banking systems to be taken over, then multinationals could take over Egypt and Libya's phosphate resources? FYI: Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia make up over 80% of the global phosphate resources.]


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