Torture A Collection

ISBN-10: 0195306465
ISBN-13: 9780195306460
Edition: 2006
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Description: Torture is perhaps the most unequivocally banned practice in the world today. Yet recent photographs from Abu Ghraib substantiated claims that the United States and some of its allies are using methods of questioning relating to the war on terrorism  More...

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List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/10/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Torture is perhaps the most unequivocally banned practice in the world today. Yet recent photographs from Abu Ghraib substantiated claims that the United States and some of its allies are using methods of questioning relating to the war on terrorism that could be described as torture or, at the very least, as inhuman and degrading. In terror's wake, the use of such methods, at least under some conditions, has gained some prominent defenders, notably from within the White House. In this revised edition, Torture: A Collection brings together leading lawyers, political theorists, social scientists, and public intellectuals to debate the advisability of maintaining the absolute ban and to reflect on what it says about our societies if we do--or do not--adhere to it in all circumstances. New to this edition are essays by Charles Krauthammer and Andrew Sullivan on the adoption in 2005 of the McCain Amendment, which explicitly bars the use of torture and other cruel methods of interrogation.

Born in Buenos Aires in 1942, Ariel Dorfman is a Chilean citizen. A supporter of Salvador Allende, he was forced into exile and has lived in the United States for many years. Since writing his legendary essay, "How to Read Donald Duck", Dorfman has built up an impressive body of work that has translated into more than thirty languages. Besides poetry, essays and novels--"Hard Rain" (Readers International, 1990), winner of the Sudamericana Award; "Widows" (Pluto Press, 1983); "The Last Song of Manuel Sendero" (Viking, 1987); "Mascara" (Viking, 1988); "Konfidenz" (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1995)--he has written plays, including "Death and the Maiden", and produced in ninety countries. He has won various international awards, including two Kennedy Center Theatre Awards. With his son, Rodrigo, he received an award for best television drama in Britain for "Prisoners of Time" in 1996. A professor at Duke University, Dorfman lives in Durham, North Carolina.

Foreword: The Tyranny of Terror: Is Torture Inevitable in Our Century and Beyond?
Acknowledgments
Contemplating Torture: An Introduction
Philosophical Considerations
Torture
Political Action: The Problem of Dirty Hands
Reflection on the Problem of ""Dirty Hands""
Torture as Practiced
The Legal History of Torture
American Interrogation: From Torture to Trickery
The Mental State of Torturers: Argentina's Dirty War
Contemporary Attempts to Abolish Torture through Law
Escalation and Necessity: Defining Torture at Home and Abroad
Judgment Concerning the Legality of the General Security Service's Interrogation Methods, Supreme Court of Israel
Can the War against Terror Justify the Use of Force in Interrogations? Reflections in Light of the Israeli Experience
The Promise and Limits of the International Law of Torture
The European Convention on Human Rights and Its Prohibition on Torture
The Prohibition on Torture and the Limits of the Law
Reflections on the Post-September 11 Debate about Legalizing Torture
Tortured Reasoning
Five Errors in the Reasoning of Alan Dershowitz
Torture, Terrorism, and Interrogation
Loose Professionalism, or Why Lawyers Take the Lead on Torture
The Truth About Torture
The Abolition of Toture
Contributors
Index

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