The Dark Side by Jane Mayer
The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals

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One of The New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year National BestsellerWith a New AfterwordNational Book Critics Circle Award Finalist A Best Book of the Year: Salon, Slate, The Economist, The Washington Post, Cleveland Plain-DealerThe 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, but also hampered the pursuit of Al Qaeda. In spellbinding detail, Jane Mayer relates the impact of these decisions by which key players, namely Vice President Dick Cheney and his powerful, secretive adviser David Addington, exploited September 11 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.


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About Jane Mayer

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Jane Mayer is the co-author of two bestselling and critically acclaimed narrative nonfiction books, Landslide: The Unmaking of the President, 1984-1988, and Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas, the latter of which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Mayer was also awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship in connection with The Dark Side. She is currently a Washington-based staff writer for The New Yorker, specializing in political and investigative reporting. Before that, she was a senior writer and front-page editor for The Wall Street Journal, as well as the Journal's first female White House correspondent. She lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
 
Published May 8, 2009 by Anchor. 432 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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In Jane Mayer’s hands the legal machinations behind the war on terror make for an absorbing and disturbing story.

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The New York Times

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This powerful, brilliantly researched and deeply unsettling book recounts the emergence of the widespread use of torture as a central tool in the fight against terrorism.

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During the ten days after the Vice President's scare, threats of mortal attack were nonetheless so frequent, and so terrifying, that on October 29 Cheney quietly insisted upon absenting himself from the White House to what was described as "a secure, undisclosed location" — one of several Cold Wa...

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Huffington Post

It suggests that torture is regrettable but necessary (the agent who says he will break his victim also says he needs a rest after months and "100 naked bodies"), and that torture works.

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Open Letters Monthly

The OLC, says Mayer, “redefined the crime of torture to make it all but impossible to commit.” The memo defined torture as “equivalent in intensity to the pain accompanying serious physical injury, such as organ failure, impairment of bodily function, or even death.” To qualify as torture, mental...

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PopMatters

Almost before the dust had settled from the collapse of the towers, Mayer argues, Cheney and his like-minded confederates set about doing everything possible to sweep away the old restraints on executive power and usher in a new era of monarchical arrogance whose ultimate goal was (in practice, i...

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The Daily Beast

But John Helgerson, the former Inspector General of the CIA until last month, told me that he thinks the White House, Pentagon, and CIA were all equally responsible.

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Huntington News

-- Friedrich Nietzsche, "Beyond Good and Evil" The Los Angeles Times ponders the Bush Administration's possible criminal liability for torture and other abuses committed in the name of the war on terror in a Christmas Eve editorial headlined: "Is the Bush administration criminally lia...

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Daily Kos

It has a sense of urgency mostly because I have a sense of urgency about seeing Bush leave the White House.

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Daily Kos

] President Bush and members of his administration - once out of office - will be liable and likely to face arrest and trial under the principle of universal jurisdiction, say international human rights lawyer Philippe Sands and Lawrence R.

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Media Matters

Former CIA Director Michael Hayden has testified that waterboarding was used on three detainees, and thus, the CIA Inspector General has found that, for two of the three detainees the CIA has acknowledged waterboarding, the CIA went beyond the limits described by the DOJ.

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