|Title||:||American Torture: From the Cold War to Abu Ghraib and Beyond|
|Publisher||:||Pluto Press First Edition edition May 20, 2007|
|Number of Pages||:||296 pages|
|File Size||:||763 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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American Torture: From the Cold War to Abu Ghraib and Beyond Reviews
This book gets my highest accolade: it is explanatory. It explains in clear prose the complex subject of the evolution of American torture policy. It starts with the CIA's early cold war fear and fascination that the Russians could so successfully "brainwash" Hungarian Cardinal Joseph Mindszenty. It traces how the CIA then adopted these Communist brainwashing techniques, and how finally the Military Commissions Act of 2006 enacted them into law for official CIA use. The cruel anhd illegal has now become lawful for the CIA. Along the way the book explains, for one among many examples, how John Yoo's infamous memo justifying torture did so only by ignoring the Geneva Convention (which is a ratified treaty and therefore binding US law).
Otterman's work presented in his book American Torture will no doubt be recognized as a classic for those opposing the so called "coalition of the willing" war on Islam. his early chapters describe the torture being applied to detainees (POW's)and suspected terrorists. The 'human face' of torture and the complicity of professionals and the U.S. government in systematic torture of these unfortunate captives. the material is hard hitting and one gets the sense that Mike is pulling his punches in order to not horrify his audience. A wise move, indeed, as the torture is very ugly. My initial response was to ponder what darkness lies in mens hearts to do such things to fellow human beings. Combined with the widely broadcast pictures of torture at Abu Ghraib and Guantanimo Bay, these chapters resound with Robert Lifton's The Genocidal Mentality. Lifton was the sole survivor of his family from Nazi Germany's death camps for Jewish, homosexual and others who are 'different' who live with us. The answer Lifton came to was that the entire process of exterminating Jews (or rephrased for today;s audience 'Ethnic cleansing')was done by bureaucrats who were simply following orders.