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Torture Memos

Author : David Cole
ISBN : 9781595584939
Genre : Political Science
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On April 16, 2009, the Justice Department released never-before-seen secret memos describing, in graphic detail, the brutal interrogation techniques used by the CIA under the Bush administration’s “war on terror.” Now, for the first time, the key documents are compiled in one remarkable volume, showing that the United States government’s top attorneys were instrumental in rationalizing acts of torture and cruelty, employing chillingly twisted logic and Orwellian reasoning to authorize what the law absolutely forbids. This collection gives readers an unfiltered look at the tactics approved for use in the CIA’s secret overseas prisons—including forcing detainees to stay awake for eleven days straight, slamming them against walls, stripping them naked, locking them in a small box with insects to manipulate their fears, and, of course, waterboarding—and at the incredible arguments advanced to give them a green light. Originally issued in secret by the Office of Legal Counsel between 2002 and 2005, the documents collected here have been edited only to eliminate repetition. They reflect, in their own words, the analysis that guided the legal architects of the Bush administration’s interrogation policies. Renowned legal scholar David Cole’s introductory essay tells the story behind the memos, and presents a compelling case that instead of demanding that the CIA conform its conduct to the law, the nation’s top lawyers contorted the law to conform to the CIA’s abusive and patently illegal conduct. He argues eloquently that official accountability for these legal wrongs is essential if the United States is to restore fidelity to the rule of law.
Category: Political Science

The Torture Memos

Author : David Cole
ISBN : 9781595584922
Genre : Law
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The war on terror was justified by a wealth of legislation created by the US government. For the first time, these key Office of Legal Counsel documents are brought together creating an undeniable expose. These recently released memos authored by John Yoo, Steven Bradbury et al, demonstrate the reasoning the OLC used to justify terrible acts of torture, provising undeniable evidence that these officials were complicit in the authorisation of these abusive acts. Edited by the renowned legal scholar David Cole, this is an essential document in the fight against injustice
Category: Law

Gestures Of Testimony

Author : Michael Richardson
ISBN : 9781501315817
Genre : Literary Criticism
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After 9/11, the United States became a nation that sanctioned torture. Detainees across the globe were waterboarded, deprived of sleep, beaten by guards, blasted with deafening music and forced into obscene acts. Their torture presents a profound problem for literature: torturous pain and its traumatic aftermath have long been held to destroy language, shatter experience, and refuse representation. Challenging accepted thinking, Gestures of Testimony asks how literature might bear witness to the tortures of a war waged against fear itself. Bringing the vibrant field of affect theory to bear on theories of torture and power, Richardson adopts an interdisciplinary approach to show how testimony founded in affect can bear witness to torture and its traumas. Grounded in provocative readings of poems by Guantanamo detainees, memoirs of interrogators and detainees, contemporary films, the Bush Administration's Torture Memos, and fiction by George Orwell, Franz Kafka, Arthur Koestler, Anne Michaels, and Janette Turner Hospital, Michael Richardson traces the workings of affect, biopower, and aesthetics to re-think literary testimony. Gestures of Testimony gives shape to a mode of affective witnessing, a reaching beyond the page in the writing of torture that reveals violent trauma - even as it embodies its veiling.
Category: Literary Criticism

Torture Power And Law

Author : David Luban
ISBN : 9781107051096
Genre : Law
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David Luban analyzes the torture debate in the struggle against terrorism from a sophisticated philosophical and legal perspective.
Category: Law

Current Legal Problems 2009

Author : Colm O'Cinneide
ISBN : 9780199583737
Genre : Law
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The Current Legal Problems lecture series and annual volume was established around sixty years ago at the Faculty of Laws, University College London and has long been recognized as a major reference point for legal scholarship. The continuing strength of Current Legal Problems is its representation of a broad range of legal scholarship opinion, theory, methodology, and subject matter, with an emphasis upon contemporary developments of law. Contributions to the 62nd volume in the series include a comparative analysis of UK and US responses to terrorism, a discussion of the current legal solutions to the issue of cohabitation, an analysis of the broadening scope of risk regulation, and essays on subjects as diverse as media regulation, art and law, and abstraction and equality.
Category: Law

Surveillance Counter Terrorism And Comparative Constitutionalism

Author : Fergal Davis
ISBN : 9781134095278
Genre : Law
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The decade after 11 September 2001 saw the enactment of counter-terrorism laws around the world. These laws challenged assumptions about public institutions, human rights and constitutional law. Those challenges are particularly apparent in the context of the increased surveillance powers granted to many law enforcement and intelligence agencies. This book brings together leading legal scholars in the field of counter-terrorism and constitutional law, and focuses their attention on the issue of surveillance. The breadth of topics covered in this collection include: the growth and diversification of mechanisms of mass surveillance, the challenges that technological developments pose for constitutionalism, new actors in the surveillance state (such as local communities and private organisations), the use of surveillance material as evidence in court, and the effectiveness of constitutional and other forms of review of surveillance powers. The book brings a strong legal focus to the debate surrounding surveillance and counter-terrorism, and draws important conclusions about the constitutional implications of the expansion of surveillance powers after 9/11.
Category: Law

Enemy Aliens

Author : David Cole
ISBN : 1565849388
Genre : Political Science
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The nation's foremost civil libertarian shines a light on the cynical exploitation of 9/11 by government officials to target immigrants and lay the groundwork for rolling back the rights of ordinary American citizens.
Category: Political Science

Less Safe Less Free

Author : David Cole
ISBN : 1595584153
Genre : Law
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A critique of the Bush administration and its handling of the war on terror explains how the president and his advisors have cut corners on fundamental commitments to the rule of law in the name of preventing future attacks and why this policy has not lessened the risk of terrorist attack but rather has made American more susceptible to them.
Category: Law

Law Inequality

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ISBN : UCR:31210024299073
Genre : Civil rights
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Category: Civil rights

Prospect

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ISBN : PSU:000061843110
Genre : Great Britain
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Category: Great Britain

New Statesman

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105132680831
Genre : Great Britain
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The Nation

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105132680039
Genre : United States
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Category: United States

No Equal Justice

Author : David Cole
ISBN : 9781565845664
Genre : Current Events
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In a hard-hitting study hailed by "Publishers Weekly" as "well-argued" and "passionate, " a leading constitutional scholar reveals that, despite a veneer of neutrality, race- and class-based double standards operate in virtually every criminal justice setting, from police behavior to jury selection to sentencing.
Category: Current Events