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Monstering : inside America's policy of secret interrogations and torture in the terror war

Author: Tara McKelvey
Publisher: New York, NY : Carroll & Graf Publishers, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Carroll & Graf edView all editions and formats
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In April 2004, the Abu Ghraib photographs set off an international scandal. Yet until now, the full story has never been told. Tara McKelvey -- the first U.S. journalist to speak with female prisoners from Abu Ghraib -- traveled to the Middle East and across the United States to seek out victims and perpetrators. McKelvey tells how soldiers, acting in an atmosphere that encouraged abuse and sadism, were unleashed on  Read more...
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McKelvey, Tara.
Monstering.
New York, NY : Carroll & Graf Publishers, ©2007
(OCoLC)647419789
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tara McKelvey
ISBN: 0786717769 9780786717767
OCLC Number: 124040648
Description: xii, 291 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. I. The path to Abu Ghraib --
Robotripping at Abu Ghraib --
The torture memo --
Lynndie in love --
Under contract --
Thirty miles from Camp Victory --
pt. II. War crimes --
Counterinsurgency operations --
The night shift --
The interrogator --
The sweet shop of Abu Ghraib --
The translator --
The playboy --
Blackout --
pt. III. Investigation --
Brass tacks --
Photographic evidence --
Collateral damage --
State secrets --
The other hooded man --
The list --
pt. IV. Judgment --
Discovery phase --
The brig --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Tara McKelvey.
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In April 2004, the Abu Ghraib photographs set off an international scandal. Yet until now, the full story has never been told. Tara McKelvey -- the first U.S. journalist to speak with female prisoners from Abu Ghraib -- traveled to the Middle East and across the United States to seek out victims and perpetrators. McKelvey tells how soldiers, acting in an atmosphere that encouraged abuse and sadism, were unleashed on a prison population of which the vast majority, according to army documents, were innocent civilians. Drawing upon critical sources, she discloses a series of explosive revelations: an exclusive jailhouse interview with Lynndie England connects the Abu Ghraib pictures to lewd vacation photos taken by England's boyfriend Charles Graner; formerly undisclosed videotapes show soldiers "Robotripping" on cocktails of over-the-counter drugs while pretending to stab detainees; new material sheds light on accusations against an American suspected of raping an Iraqi child; and first-hand accounts suggest the use of high-voltage devices, sexual humiliation and pharmaceutical drugs on Iraqi prisoners. She also provides an inside look at Justice Department theories of presidential power to show how the many abuses were licensed by the government.

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