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Ghost Plane: The True Story of the CIA Torture Program Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 17, 2006
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“Powerful and damning...[Grey] is a prodigious digger and more than a single-minded muckraker. His attention to detail can be chilling.” ―The Washington Post
“An explosive new book provides a rare glimpse into the full extent of the Agency's controversial terror renditions.” ―Time
“It's not often an author gets an unsolicited pre-publication stamp of legitimacy from the U.S. president, much less one who reports on human-rights issues...disturbing in the depth and detail of its evidence.” ―Kirkus Reviews, (Starred)--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
STEPHEN GREY is an award-winning investigative journalist who has contributed to The New York Times, 60 Minutes, ABC News, CNN, Newsweek, The Atlantic Monthly, the BBC and other publications.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
In many cases there is an almost comical ironic twist to the politics involved in the sense that the Executive Branch and the CIA seem to blatently ignore and deliberately subvert existing foreign policy in acts that are most accurately described as being cynically pragmatic, which also employ outlaw states such as Syria to use extreme torture methods to ply sensitive information from known or suspected terrorist suspects.Read more ›
Grey also asserts that the U.S. has outsourced "questioning" since at least 1965 (South American Communists); in addition similar activities took place in Central America and Vietnam. President Carter then ceased all such activities, and directed the CIA to promote human rights. However, 9/11 ended that - first came Guantanamo, then stories began to leak out of the CIA working with some of the most repressive secret police in the world (eg. Egypt and Uzbekistan) that also opposed Islamic extremism.
Renditions are described as typically utilizing about 8 men dressed in black and wearing masks; when going to Egypt they would also bring two Egyptian officers - thus, technically the prisoners were never in U.S. custody. The U.S. only provided "taxi service" via small unmarked civilian "ghost planes."
Grey documents 89 renditions, and suspects hundreds more took place. Substantiation is provided by public flight logs, released prisoners' site descriptions matching actual known foreign country secret police settings, scars (on some), and reports from a British ambassador. Techniques included beatings, cuts, drug injections, food and water adulteration, threats made regarding a suspect's relatives, incessant and loud music, 18-hour interrogations, near drownings (eg.Read more ›
Grey has made his case of detailing the flights, passengers, destinations, and outcomes of the "rendition" and extraordinary rendition by our own government. And how the details of delusion of the public were worked out by Gonzalez et al.
This book is well worth reading if you have an interest in how a government can go overboard in trashing human rights--and still get poor results (from torture).
What looks like a formidable read turns out to be riveting and is truly a worhtwhile addition to the support of a better, more open government that is above torture.
The CIA runs a system of clandestine prisons holding thousands of kidnapped prisoners, taken from Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Croatia, Macedonia, Albania, Germany, Italy, Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, Zambia, Gambia, Pakistan, Indonesia and Malaysia to be tortured in Afghanistan, Jordan, Uzbekistan, Thailand, Syria, Egypt and Morocco. Grey writes, “the foreign torture cells of Cairo and Damascus and the US jails at Guantanamo and Bagram were part of one interconnected gulag in which prisoners were swapped both between countries but also between the CIA and the US military.”
Grey asked Edward Walker, US Ambassador to Egypt, “When Condoleezza Rice and the president now stand in front of people and say we don’t send people to countries where they torture, are they telling the truth?” Walker replied, “No, they’re not telling the truth.” A CIA official said, “nothing was done without approval from the White House – from Condoleezza Rice herself.”
The Bush and Blair governments talk democracy but support dictatorship. For example, in 2002, the State Department said Uzbekistan ‘routinely’ tortured prisoners, then gave it an extra $180 million aid. Grey points out that the Blair government connived in the renditions and in the use of torture, by using the ‘information’ gained from torturing prisoners.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Stephen Grey must be feeling so vindicated today. He reported on CIA rendition activity way back in 2006, and all credit to Sen Feinstein for finally bringing it all to light. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Nancy F. Thomas
This is a book about renditions, a completely secretive element of the US govt in its dealings with the transport of terrorrists to other locations. Read morePublished on June 1, 2014 by Gaston
OVER RATED, TOO MANY ACCUSATION NONE A SINGLE PROOF. THIS BOOK REALLY QUALIFIED TO BE ONE OF JOHN GRISHAM NOVEL.Published on March 26, 2014 by wally mark
A must read book. It was pretty hard to set this one down once I started reading it. It will open your eyes.Published on March 8, 2013 by RLM
Black Banners, The Dark Side, and Ghost Plane review the history of American's interrogation techniques of Islamic terrorism suspects from three different viewpoints. Read morePublished on April 15, 2012 by Joe V.
This book is banned in Egypt.
It's describing the torture during Mubarak's. It also talk about Omar Soliman who was the head of intelligence in Egypt and Al Adly who was the... Read more
Most of this is a chapter by chapter case by case analysis of various individuals alleged to have ties to terrorist groups who were snatched up by the CIA, taken to countries where... Read morePublished on January 18, 2011 by Cwn_Annwn
An important book in the quest to better understand the war on terror and the actions taken by the United States and others. Read morePublished on January 17, 2009 by George H. Garfield
I have just finished reading Ghost Plane -- and I have just one problem with it's contents. Grey makes numerous references to the capture, detention, and confessions of the alleged... Read morePublished on January 31, 2008 by Antony Wilkes