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The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War… (2008)

by Jane Mayer

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I had probably heard all of these stories before - but here the facts and general knowledge is presented clearly and without much commentary - the facts speak for themselves. I'm horrified to think that anything in this book could be true, but it is. Also informative to read the sections about US interactions with Egypt, in light of current events there. The rules surrounding the "war on terror" are being defined as we go along, and there's no winning when we stoop to such tactics that compromise our very humanity. I'd recommend this book highly, as we should all be more informed as to how these decisions continue to be made and influence our standing around the globe, and with ourselves. ( )
  quakerkathleen | Apr 23, 2016 |
This detailed account of the Bush Administration's decisions on rendition, torture and other unpleasant matters is a must read book. What I find most disturbing, after the revelations of the last couple of years, all recounted in this book, is the clear incompetence of everyone involved, from the hawks who never saw combat to the legal experts like John Yoo to the actual interrogators. The next President and Congress must rescind all the Bush decisions on these matters and we must hold them accountable for doing so. ( )
  nmele | Apr 6, 2013 |
fascinating insight into the government activities following 9/11 and the problems created by the amoral powers that occupied Washington for the last 8 years ( )
  lindap69 | Apr 5, 2013 |
It's not the best writing i've read but i think jane mayer delved into an important topic in this book. Every American should read it. ( )
  xiaoshitou | Aug 24, 2010 |
One of the top four books about the Bush Administration, it should be required reading for every citizen.
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America should go "not abroad in search of monsters to destroy...She might become the dictatress of the world: she would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit."
John Quincy Adams...the Fourth of July 1821

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This book is for my parents, Meredith and William Mayer, and my grandparents Mary and Allan Nevins, who passed on to me a love of American history and an admiration for those who have fought to fulfill the promise of the country's ideals.
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If anyone in America should have been prepared to respond to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, it ought to have been Vice President Dick Cheney. For decades before the planes hit the Pentagon and World Trade Center, Cheney had been secretly practicing for doomsday.
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Well written and well researched exploration of government reaction post 9/11, by journalist Jane Mayer. Includes excellent notes, index, and bibliography. "This book grew out of thirteen articles first published in The New Yorker magazine..."
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385526393, Hardcover)

A dramatic and damning narrative account of how America has fought the
"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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In the days immediately following September 11th, the most powerful people in the country were panic-stricken. Radical decisions about how to combat terrorists and strengthen national security were made in a state of chaos and fear, but the key players, Vice President 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. This is a dramatic 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. Whatever the short-term gains, there were incalculable losses in terms of moral standing, our country's place in the world, and its sense of itself.--From publisher description.… (more)

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