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The institutionalization of torture by the Bush administration : is anyone responsible?

Author: M Cherif Bassiouni
Publisher: Antwerp ; Portland, OR : Intersentia, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The United States of America has historically been regarded as a moral leader opening the pathway for human rights. The country which has long struggled for the establishment of the rule of law- as well as to be a model for other nations in observing it- has, since 11 September 2001 committed abhorrent practices of torture against which it has fought when committed by others. What seems astonishing is that such  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: M Cherif Bassiouni
ISBN: 9789400000056 9400000057
OCLC Number: 457147109
Description: 1, 301 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The prohibition of torture under international and United States law --
Interrogation techniques --
The torture-enabling policy and its trickle-down effects --
The practice of "extraordinary rendition" and the use of "black sites" by the CIA --
Responsibility: political, legal, and ethical considerations --
The Obama administration's actions: January 2009-April 2010.
Responsibility: M. Cherif Bassiouni.

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The United States of America has historically been regarded as a moral leader opening the pathway for human rights. The country which has long struggled for the establishment of the rule of law- as well as to be a model for other nations in observing it- has, since 11 September 2001 committed abhorrent practices of torture against which it has fought when committed by others. What seems astonishing is that such practices took place in the U.S. within a climate of significant public indifference and even with some public support. Time and again, observers of tragic historic events reveal that it is not so much the evil doing of the few which allows the worst atrocities to occur, as it is the indifference of the many. The Bush administration assumed neither moral nor legal responsibility, and in the end, it is hard-put to show what positive results may have been obtained for so many transgressions. -- From publisher's description.

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