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Author : Philippe Sands
Publisher : Penguin UK
Release : 2008-05-01
Page : 368
Category : Political Science
ISBN 13 : 014191937X
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After 9/11. George W. Bush's administration declared that they were going to have to work through 'the dark side'. And they did: they turned their backs on international law and on America's history of respecting human rights. They wanted only legal advice that made it okay to torture, and they made sure they got it. Voices of dissent were sidelined, while low level officials brainstormed interrogation techniques and took their lead from Jack Bauer in 24. In Torture Team, Philippe Sands tracks down and interviews those responsible, and makes a compelling case that, in an ugly blotch on Americda's recent past, war crimes were committed for which no one has yet been held to account.


Author : Philippe Sands
Publisher :
Release : 2008
Page : 315
Category : Human rights
ISBN 13 : 9781846140082
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What happens when lawyers do politicians' bidding? In the style of the best investigative journalism, international lawyer Philippe Sands uncovers the story behind the human rights abuses that the US government sanctioned and the terrible consequences of their actions. Who were the lawyers, military personnel and politicians who constructed the policy and provided the rationale for the one page memorandum signed by Donald Rumsfeld on 2 December 2002 authorising interrogation techniques forbidden under the Geneva Convention? Torture Team traces the origins of the memorandum through interviews with the key figures speaking out for the first time. A chilling and compelling story of men and women corrupted by power and the few who bravely stood out against them.


Author : Philippe Sands
Publisher : St. Martin's Press
Release : 2008-05-13
Page : 272
Category : Political Science
ISBN 13 : 9780230612167
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On December 2, 2002 the U.S. Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, signed his name at the bottom of a document that listed eighteen techniques of interrogation--techniques that defied international definitions of torture. The Rumsfeld Memo authorized the controversial interrogation practices that later migrated to Guantanamo, Afghanistan, Abu Ghraib and elsewhere, as part of the policy of extraordinary rendition. From a behind-the-scenes vantage point, Phillipe Sands investigates how the Rumsfeld Memo set the stage for a divergence from the Geneva Convention and the Torture Convention and holds the individual gatekeepers in the Bush administration accountable for their failure to safeguard international law. The Torture Team delves deep into the Bush administration to reveal: - How the policy of abuse originated with Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney and George W. Bush, and was promoted by their most senior lawyers - Personal accounts, through interview, of those most closely involved in the decisions - How the Joint Chiefs and normal military decision-making processes were circumvented - How Fox TV's 24 contributed to torture planning - How interrogation techniques were approved for use - How the new techniques were used on Mohammed Al Qahtani, alleged to be "the 20th highjacker" - How the senior lawyers who crafted the policy of abuse exposed themselves to the risk of war crimes charges


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Publisher :
Release : 2009
Page :
Category : Artists' books
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Ten mock-trading cards featuring profiles of United States government officials, intelligence agents, and judges, baseball-style portraits, and information on their involvement in Bush-era United States waterboarding torture policies and practices. Those profiled in the ten-card pack include: George W. Bush, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, Alberto Gonzales, U.S. Congress, John O. Brennan, John Bybee, Steven G. Bradbury, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, and Ricardo Sanchez.


Author : James P. Pfiffner
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2015-11-17
Page : 224
Category : Political Science
ISBN 13 : 1317250354
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After September 11, 2001 the Bush Administration decided that the most important intelligence about terrorism would come from the interrogation of captives suspected of terrorism. As a result, many detainees were subject to harsh interrogation techniques that at times amounted to torture. Here, James P. Pfiffner authoritatively examines the policy directives, operational decisions, and leadership actions of the Bush Administration that reversed centuries of US policy on the treatment of enemy prisoners. He shows how the serious reservations of career military lawyers about these policies were overcome by the political appointees of the Bush Administration. Pfiffner then analyses the philosophical and legal underpinnings of the policies and practices that have led to the denunciation of the United States' policies by its allies and adversaries throughout the world. Looking ahead, Pfiffner anticipates Obama administration policy changes to restore U.S. credibility and accountability. In all, Torture as Public Policy is a model of detailed policy analysis that demonstrates how greatly public policy matters beyond the back corridors of bureaucracy.


Author : George Hunsinger
Publisher : Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Release : 2008-09-05
Page : 272
Category : Religion
ISBN 13 : 080286029X
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In this hard-hitting volume two dozen scholars, activists, military officers, and religious leaders call for an immediate end to the practice of torture, paying particular attention to its use in the American war on terror. Torture Is a Moral Issue begins with background material, including vivid firsthand accounts from a torture survivor and a former U.S. interrogator in Iraq. The heart of the book contains respectively Christian, Jewish, and Muslim arguments against torture, and the final part charts a way forward toward a solution, offering much principled yet practical advice. Included as an afterword is a revealing interview with Darius Rejali, one of the world's foremost experts on torture and democracy. Book jacket.


Author : Philippe Sands
Publisher : Penguin UK
Release : 2006-02-03
Page : 432
Category : Law
ISBN 13 : 0141900873
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International lawyer Philippe Sands has a unique insider's view of the elites who govern our lives. His sensational revelations in Lawless World changed the political agenda overnight, forcing Tony Blair to publish damning mterial that he'd tried to hide. Now, in this updated edition with a shocking new chapter, you can get the full story of how the US and UK governments are riding roughshod over international agreements on human rights, war, torture and the environment - the very laws they put in place. Here sands looks at why global rules matter for all of us. And he powerfully makes the case for preserving them ... before justice becomes history.


Author : Christopher H. Pyle
Publisher : Potomac Books, Inc.
Release : 2011
Page : 354
Category : History
ISBN 13 : 1597976210
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Follows the paper trail of torture memos that led to abuses at Guantanámo, in Afghanistan, and in Iraq.


Author : Manfred Nowak
Moritz Birk
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Release : 2019-12-19
Page : 1376
Category : Law
ISBN 13 : 0192585088
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The prohibition of torture - the right to physical and mental integrity - is guaranteed in the strongest terms under international law. It is protected as an absolute right, non-derogable even in times of war or public emergency under many human rights treaties and is also generally accepted as a part of customary international law and even ius cogens. The main instrument to combat torture within the framework of the United Nations is the Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT). This Commentary explores the problematic definition of torture in the Convention, the substantive obligations of States parties, the principle of 'non-refoulement', provisions for international monitoring, and also the concept of preventative visits to all places of detention as contained in the Optional Protocol to the CAT. It also covers issues including the distinction between torture and cruel inhuman or degrading treatment and the principle of non-admissibility of evidence extracted under torture. Full article by article commentary on the Convention also provides historical context and thorough analysis of case-law and practice from international and regional courts and monitoring bodies. Relevant case-law from domestic courts are also discussed. Despite the broad ratification and the universal recognition of the prohibition of torture and other forms of ill-treatment we witness a 'global crisis' affecting the majority of countries worldwide. In recent years the protection of human rights is experiencing a particularly serious crisis - also affecting the phenomenon of torture - in which official narratives and public belief often trivialise and even endorse such practices in the name of security and the fight against terrorism, ignoring the suffering and damages it causes. On the other hand, the positive experiences in some States illustrate that torture can be eradicated if the provisions of CAT and OPCAT are taken seriously and are being fully implemented. This is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC 4.0 International licence. It is offered as a free PDF download from OUP and selected open access locations.


Author : Philippe Sands
Publisher : Vintage
Release : 2016-05-24
Page : 448
Category : History
ISBN 13 : 0385350724
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A profound and profoundly important book—a moving personal detective story, an uncovering of secret pasts, and a book that explores the creation and development of world-changing legal concepts that came about as a result of the unprecedented atrocities of Hitler’s Third Reich. East West Street looks at the personal and intellectual evolution of the two men who simultaneously originated the ideas of “genocide” and “crimes against humanity,” both of whom, not knowing the other, studied at the same university with the same professors, in a city little known today that was a major cultural center of Europe, “the little Paris of Ukraine,” a city variously called Lemberg, Lwów, Lvov, or Lviv. It is also a spellbinding family memoir, as the author traces the mysterious story of his grandfather, as he maneuvered through Europe in the face of Nazi atrocities. East West Street is a book that changes the way we look at the world, at our understanding of history and how civilization has tried to cope with mass murder.


Author : Danielle Celermajer
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Release : 2018-09-06
Page : 275
Category : Law
ISBN 13 : 1108470459
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Moving past theoretical critiques of human rights, this book considers how we might translate situational analyses of torture into effective strategies for preventing it.


Author : Michael Flynn
Fabiola Fernandez Salek
Publisher : Columbia University Press
Release : 2012-09-18
Page : 336
Category : Social Science
ISBN 13 : 0231526970
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Before 9/11, films addressing torture outside of the horror/slasher genre depicted the practice in a variety of forms. In most cases, torture was cast as the act of a desperate and depraved individual, and the viewer was more likely to identify with the victim rather than the torturer. Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, scenes of brutality and torture in mainstream comedies, dramatic narratives, and action films appear for little other reason than to titillate and delight. In these films, torture is devoid of any redeeming qualities, represented as an exercise in brutal senselessness carried out by authoritarian regimes and institutions. This volume follows the shift in the representation of torture over the past decade, specifically in documentary, action, and political films. It traces and compares the development of this trend in films from the United States, Europe, China, Latin America, South Africa, and the Middle East. Featuring essays by sociologists, psychologists, historians, journalists, and specialists in film and cultural studies, the collection approaches the representation of torture in film and television from multiple angles and disciplines, connecting its aesthetics and practices to the dynamic of state terror and political domination.


Author : David Cole
Publisher : The New Press
Release : 2009-09-08
Page : 304
Category : Political Science
ISBN 13 : 1595584935
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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.


Author : Philippe Sands
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2014-01-14
Page : 286
Category : Political Science
ISBN 13 : 1134161867
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Environmental problems do not respect international boundaries; they affect the entire globe, and dealing with them is a matter for international political negotiation, law and institutions. Greening International Law assesses the extent to which the international community has so far adapted to address environmental problems, and examines the fundamental changes needed to the structure and organisation of the legal system and its institutions. The contributors to this volume have all played a central role in the development of international environmental law over the past decade, and their essays will be of interest to all those professionally, academically or individually concerned with the resolution of environmental problems.


Author : Cynthia Banham
Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
Release : 2017-02-09
Page : 272
Category : Law
ISBN 13 : 1509906827
Description :


This book analyses and compares how the USA's liberal allies responded to the use of torture against their citizens after 9/11. Did they resist, tolerate or support the Bush Administration's policies concerning the mistreatment of detainees when their own citizens were implicated and what were the reasons for their actions? Australia, the UK and Canada are liberal democracies sharing similar political cultures, values and alliances with America; yet they behaved differently when their citizens, caught up in the War on Terror, were tortured. How states responded to citizens' human rights claims and predicaments was shaped, in part, by demands for accountability placed on the executive government by domestic actors. This book argues that civil society actors, in particular, were influenced by nuanced differences in their national political and legal contexts that enabled or constrained human rights activism. It maps the conditions under which individuals and groups were more or less likely to become engaged when fellow citizens were tortured, focusing on national rights culture, the domestic legal and political human rights framework, and political opportunities.


Author : Cairo A. R. Robb
Daniel L. Bethlehem
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Release : 1999
Page : 1020
Category : Law
ISBN 13 : 9780521659666
Description :


A collection of relevant decisions from the UN, European and Inter-American human rights systems.


Author : Richard L. Revesz
Philippe Sands
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Release : 2008-01-07
Page : 448
Category : Law
ISBN 13 : 9780521049009
Description :


This book explores topics in contemporary debates over environmental quality, economic growth and sustainable development.


Author : Sharif Bhuiyan
Philippe Sands
Publisher : Martinus Nijhoff Publishers
Release : 2014-02-06
Page : 352
Category : Law
ISBN 13 : 9004258248
Description :


This book celebrates Kamal Hossain’s lifelong and significant contribution to the development of international law and the cause of developing countries. It brings together an interview with Hossain by the editors, and thirteen essays written in his honour by scholars representing a wide spectrum of expertise in international law.


Author : Flint Taylor
Publisher :
Release : 2020-11-17
Page : 556
Category : Political Science
ISBN 13 : 9781642594690
Description :


A lawyer for the people, Flint Taylor has spent nearly fifty years fighting for justice, from the courtrooms of Cook County to the US Supreme Court.


Author : Laurence Boisson de Chazournes
Philippe Sands
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Release : 1999-08-26
Page : 592
Category : Law
ISBN 13 : 9780521654807
Description :


Most comprehensive book analysing the ICJ Advisory Opinions on nuclear weapons handed down in 1996.