- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Online publication date: June 2012
- Print publication year: 2005
- Online ISBN: 9780511511127
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511511127
The Torture Papers document the so-called 'torture memos' and reports which US government officials wrote to prepare the way for, and to document, coercive interrogation and torture in Afghanistan, Guantanamo, and Abu Ghraib. These documents present for the first time a compilation of materials that prior to publication have existed only piecemeal in the public domain. The Bush Administration, concerned about the legality of harsh interrogation techniques, understood the need to establish a legally viable argument to justify such procedures. The memos and reports document the systematic attempt of the US Government to prepare the way for torture techniques and coercive interrogation practices, forbidden under international law, with the express intent of evading legal punishment in the aftermath of any discovery of these practices and policies.
Michael Ratner - President of the Center for Constitutional Rights
Source: Dana Priest, National Security Reporter, The Washington Post
Mary Ellen O'Connell - William B. Saxbe Designated Professor of Law and Fellow of the Mershon Center for International Security, The Ohio State University
Phillippe Sands QC is a practising barrister in the Matrix Chambers and a professor of international law at University College London
Source: The New York Times
Source: Journal of the Commonwealth Lawyer's Association
Source: Public Administration today
Source: Netherlands International Law Review
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