A Question of Torture: CIA Interrogation from the Cold War to the War on Terror

A Question of Torture CIA Interrogation from the Cold War to the War on Terror An indispensable and riveting account of the CIA s development and use of torture from the cold war to Abu Ghraib and beyond Naomi Klein The Nation In this revelatory account of the CIA s fifty year

  • Title: A Question of Torture: CIA Interrogation from the Cold War to the War on Terror
  • Author: Alfred W. McCoy
  • ISBN: 9780805082487
  • Page: 262
  • Format: Paperback
  • An indispensable and riveting account of the CIA s development and use of torture, from the cold war to Abu Ghraib and beyond Naomi Klein, The Nation In this revelatory account of the CIA s fifty year effort to develop new forms of torture, historian Alfred W McCoy locates the deep roots of recent scandals at Abu Ghraib and Guant namo in a long standing, covert program An indispensable and riveting account of the CIA s development and use of torture, from the cold war to Abu Ghraib and beyond Naomi Klein, The Nation In this revelatory account of the CIA s fifty year effort to develop new forms of torture, historian Alfred W McCoy locates the deep roots of recent scandals at Abu Ghraib and Guant namo in a long standing, covert program of interrogation A Question of Torture investigates the CIA s practice of sensory deprivation and self inflicted pain, in which techniques including isolation, hooding, hours of standing, and manipulation of time assault the victim s senses and destroy the basis of personal identity McCoy traces the spread of these practices across the globe, from Vietnam to Iran to Central America, and argues that after 9 11, psychological torture became the weapon of choice in the CIA s global prisons, reinforced by rendition of detainees to torture friendly countries Finally, McCoy shows that information extracted by coercion is worthless, making a strong case for the FBI s legal methods of interrogation.Scrupulously documented and grippingly told, A Question of Torture is a devastating indictment of inhumane practices that have damaged America s laws, military, and international standing.

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    1. TAXI TO THE DARK SIDEIl primo capitolo si chiama “duemila anni di tortura” e già la dice lunga su questa pratica umana molto inumana. Però, fin qui siamo nell’universalmente noto.Il secondo capitolo ha un titolo ancora più inquietante: “il controllo della mente”.È forse con il nazismo che la tortura diventa una scienza: o meglio, il risultato di varie scienze (medica, chirurgica, neurochirurgica, psicologica, psichiatrica, comportamentale, cognitiva…). L’URSS dette presto il su [...]

    2. A STATE OF DEPRAVITYAlfred McCoy wrote this short history of the use of torture by the United States in the aftermath of the Abu Ghraib scandal that erupted in 2004, which along with various other scandals relating to the CIA's extraordinary rendition program, American prison camps in Guantanamo Bay, Bagram Airbase and a number of other locations, dogged the US government for a number of years.McCoy starts with a cursory account of Tortures lengthy pedigree in Europe and the West, before moving [...]

    3. This book really spells it all out for ya. I just read it over the past two days and it's informative and enraging, but also somewhat graphic. I suppose that's to be expected though.I didn't realize that the brand of torture used today that's so invasive and so crippling was developed 50 years ago and been in use this whole time. Absolutely disgusting and deplorable. I also didn't know that the CIA in project Phoenix in Vietnam tortured and then outright murdered 20,000 vietnamese people, and ne [...]

    4. Here is one good reason to read this book:[msnbcn/id/20357580/]I do not think that Colonel Jacobs intended to make any kind of a comment on torture. But the paranoia he claims is helpful for our national defense is the same paranoia that allowed for the creation of torture programs by the CIA. The specifics of the CIA programs are honestly terrifying (testing on unknowing US citizens, the size of the programs all over the world, etc) and are well worth reading about. McCoy also makes a convincin [...]

    5. The CIA spent billions of dollars over the years developing psychological tools for interrogation. They funded a study on the effects of electroshocks and recruited a former Nazi scientist who had administered mescaline to Jewish prisoners at Dachau. Studies show that cheap, simple methods work best (enforced standing) and are more acceptable to the public. Booklist called this title “timely and compelling.”

    6. Enjoyable read of the history of torture with focal points on the Vietnam era CIA program, Operation Phoenix, and since this was written in 2006, the amorphous Bush White House torture policies that resulted in many prisoners who in the words of the book are "too dangerous to release and too tainted for trial". Looking forward to reading his 2012 work Torture And Impunity as a follow up.

    7. This documents how the U.S. and the American Psychological Association conspired to invent the first new form of torture known to mankind in the past 1000 years, and how any other "political view" is either tacitly irrational at best or maliciously culpable at worst.

    8. Thorough overview of development of CIA interrogation practices developed from modern psychology, and its use over the past five decades

    9. Gut-wrenching succinct history connecting CIA research into psychological torture through an escalating coercive path that we all kind of know (countering-with-terror in Vietnam, training police and counter-guerilla regimes in Iran, Latin America, and the Philippines) to the Bush admin's decision to suspend the Geneva conventions for Afghanistan and Guantanamo detainees (under a fearfully strong desire to enable torture) and more broadly encourage CIA extraordinary rendition and participation in [...]

    10. I felt he occasionally exaggerated things (making somebody stand for four hours is not "torture"), but overall an important read.

    11. A dated but insightful and readable book on the CIA’s involvement in researching and utilizing interrogation methods both traditional and controversial. Of course, it is rather dated at this point, given the wealth of new information available since the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s own study in 2014. The book sells itself as a history of CIA interrogation practices and abuses; instead it comes off as a general condemnation of all coercive interrogation methods.McCoy begins [...]

    12. As I was finishing the Shock Doctrine, I found this. Mind you, I didn't pick it up and drop the Shock Doctrine. No no. I just read the intro. It was a freakin' teaser! So after the shock doctrine was done I jumped right into this. It's a really well researched piece and definitely gave more foundation for the things Klein opened with in her book. There were times when I was annoyed with the author because I think he assumes the consciousness of Americans (why didn't they do anything) and yet the [...]

    13. I knew bad things were happening in our name.McCoy does not let the reader down by leaving out details. I had to put the book down a few times in order to recollect myself. And I was JUST READING what was done during torture interrogations. McCoy brings up the great point about top-bottom responsibility, "losing" memos as evidence of OKing such abuse, as well as asking the question, "If it is ok to torture a few, does it become easier to stretch-out or move the crossing line to who should and sh [...]

    14. It covers the last fifty years of American research into torture, primarily psychological and discusses how these techniques have been disseminated to military, intelligence and law enforcement entities. McCoy describes the atrocities at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay as examples of America's contribution to the ancient art of torture. It is part of a series of books called The American Empire Project, which includes a contribution from Noam Chomsky.Kelly

    15. McCoy documents torture used by US government agencies. It existed decades before George W Bush's stay in the white house. Besides being as despicable and barbaric as slavery, torture doesn't even work. Someone being tortured will tell you whatever it is they think you want to hear to get you to stop. Please visit a center for survivors of torture somewhere.

    16. Great book! Very interesting and shocking to see exactly what our government, combined with funding and psychologist are capable of doing.

    17. This was a quick interesting read. I feel like it was really biased but that might just be because I don't want to believe that anyone is capable of the things described in this book.

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