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The dark side : the inside story of how the war on terror turned into a war on American ideals

Author: Jane Mayer
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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In the days immediately following September 11th, the most powerful people in the country were panic-stricken. Radical decisions about how to combat terrorists and strengthen national security were made in a state of chaos and fear, but the key players, Vice President Cheney and his powerful, secretive adviser David Addington, used the crisis to further a long-held agenda to enhance presidential powers to a degree  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jane Mayer
ISBN: 0385526393 9780385526395
OCLC Number: 229309144
Awards: National Book Award Finalist, Nonfiction, 2008.
Description: 392 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Panic --
Blame --
The warning --
Men of zeal --
Detainee 001 --
Outsourcing torture --
Inside the black sites --
The experiment --
The memo --
A deadly interrogation --
Blowback --
Cover-up.
Responsibility: Jane Mayer.
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In the days immediately following September 11th, the most powerful people in the country were panic-stricken. Radical decisions about how to combat terrorists and strengthen national security were made in a state of chaos and fear, but the key players, Vice President Cheney and his powerful, secretive adviser David Addington, used the crisis to further a long-held agenda to enhance presidential powers to a degree never known in U.S. history, and obliterate Constitutional protections that define the very essence of the American experiment. This is a dramatic account of how the United States made terrible decisions in the pursuit of terrorists around the world--decisions that not only violated the Constitution, but also hampered the pursuit of Al Qaeda. Whatever the short-term gains, there were incalculable losses in terms of moral standing, our country's place in the world, and its sense of itself.--From publisher description.

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