Monstering by Tara McKelvey
Inside America's Policy of Secret Interrogations and Torture in the Terror War

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In April 2004, the Abu Ghraib photographs set off an international scandal. Yet until this book, the full story behind that scandal 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 whom the vast majority, according to Army documents, were innocent citizens. She gained unprecedented access to soldiers, officers, administration officials, and suspected terrorists. She also provides an inside look at Justice Department theories of presidential power to show how the many abuses were licensed by the government.

About Tara McKelvey

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Tara McKelvey, a senior editor at theAmerican Prospectand contributing editor atMarie Claire, is a research fellow at NYU School of Law’s Center on Law and Security. She lives in Washington, D.C.
Published April 28, 2009 by Basic Books. 322 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction

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But until now few — if any — detailed, documented accounts of sexual relations among soldiers and between soldiers and female prisoners have appeared in the press.” The administration began by dismissing the misconduct at Abu Ghraib as the work of what President Bush called “a few American troop...

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