The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals
On Sale: July 15, 2008
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A dramatic and damning narrative account of how America has
"War on Terror"
In the days immediately following September 11th, the most
powerful people in the country were panic-stricken. The
radical decisions about how to combat terrorists and
strengthen national security were made in a state of utter
chaos and fear, but the key players, Vice President Dick
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.
THE DARK SIDE is a dramatic, riveting, and definitive
narrative account of how the United States made terrible
decisions in the pursuit of terrorists around the world--
decisions that not only violated the Constitution to which
White House officials took an oath to uphold, but also
hampered the pursuit of Al Qaeda. In gripping detail,
acclaimed New Yorker writer and bestselling author, Jane
Mayer, relates the impact of these decisions—U.S.-held
prisoners, some of them completely innocent, were subjected
to treatment more reminiscent of the Spanish Inquisition
than the twenty-first century.
THE DARK SIDE will chronicle real, specific cases, shown in
real time against the larger tableau of what was happening
in Washington, looking at the intelligence gained—or not—
and the price paid. In some instances, torture worked. In
many more, it led to false information, sometimes with
devastating results. For instance, there is the stunning
admission of one of the detainees, Sheikh Ibn al-Libi, that
the confession he gave under duress—which provided a key
piece of evidence buttressing congressional support of
going to war against Iraq--was in fact fabricated, to make
the torture stop.
In all cases, whatever the short term gains, there were
incalculable losses in terms of moral standing, and our
country's place in the world, and its sense of itself. THE
DARK SIDE chronicles one of the most disturbing chapters in
American history, one that will serve as the lasting legacy
of the George W. Bush presidency.
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