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The Torture Debate in America

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ISBN-13: 978-0521674614
ISBN-10: 0521674611
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The Torture Debate in America presents the arguments on torture that have been put forth by American lawmakers, human rights activists, and others. It raises the moral, legal and historical questions that have led the US into today's considerations on the use of torture.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 436 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (November 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521674611
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521674614
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,898,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is not an exhaustive or in-depth study of torture. That being said, it does present both sides of the debate over the use of torture and its refined definition during the Bush administration. The book is a compilation of articles by various authors that weigh in on the topic. For my purposes, this book served my need to get an overview of the debate very well. It does cover some of the legal implications of the Bush definition of torture, but doesn't really provide much historical background. Of course, the title does not necessarily suggest it would. I would recommend this book as a source for learning about torture and the moral considerations that are at the center of the debate.
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Few questions are more relevant to our times than that of the resurrection (as if it had ever actually died!) of judicial torture. No longer safely able to stand tall and insular on its humanistic pedestal, America must face this issue NOW. People think of screws and boots and wedges and coals, but such medievalism is no longer remotely relevant: far more reliable (not to mention quicker) results are obtainable from pharmaceuticals (perhaps--like the death penalty--another issue where the Hippocratic oath is [?] at odds with Dr. Smith's specific actions today). Read, absorb, consider, conjecture, believe.
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Useful selection of papers from all sides of the recent and current debates on the use of torture in and by the U.S.
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Karen Greenberg has done a good job of assembling essays on the issue of torture. It's evidence of the intellectual integrity of this work that it includes pro-torture arguments as well as anti-torture ones: it's important for those of us fighting to rid the U.S. of this medieval scourge (and bring justice to high government officials who have authorized it) to familiarize ourselves with the rationalizations of our adversaries.
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