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Description - American Torture by Michael Otterman

Electric shocks. Sleep deprivation. Forced standing. Water boarding. George W. Bush called them an 'alternative set of procedures', vital tools needed 'to protect the American people and our allies'. By any definition, these techniques are torture. In American Torture Michael Otterman reveals how torture became standard practice in today's War on Terror and how it was refined, spread and kept legal. Long before Abu Ghraib became a household name, the US military and CIA used torture with impunity at home and abroad. Billions of dollars were spent during the Cold War studying, refining, then teaching these techniques to American interrogators and to foreign officers charged with keeping Communism at bay. As the Cold War ended, these tortures were legalised using the very laws designed to eradicate their use. After 9/11, they were revived again for use on 'enemy combatants' detained in America's vast gulag of prisons across the globe, from secret CIA black sites in Thailand to the detention centre at Guant namo Bay, Cuba. American Torture shows how the road to Abu Ghraib leads back through US military survival schools, Latin Americ

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780522853339
ISBN-10: 0522853331
Format: Paperback
(233mm x 155mm x 29mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Melbourne University Press
Publisher: Melbourne University Press
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Michael Otterman

Michael Otterman is an award-winning freelance journalist and documentary filmmaker. He was a recent visiting scholar at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS) at the University of Sydney. He has covered crime and culture for an array of publications, including Melbourne's Is Not magazine, the Sydney City Hub newspaper, and Boston's Weekly Dig. He lives in New York City. American Torture is his first book.