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Was the Bush administration more aware of the prisoner abuses at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo than it has admitted? According to editors Greenburg (New York Univ. School of Law) and Dratel (New York State Assoc. of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a lead counsel for Guantanamo detainees), the administration not only knew, but created the legal maneuvering that made such actions possible. Using a detailed, well-organized collection of government memos, this book clearly shows that the government circumvented established international regulations to create its own legal justification for the prisoner abuses. Three introductory essays provide an explanation of the editors' beliefs that administration policies resulted in prisoner abuses. A time line of the memos is provided, as well as biographical sketches of key officials associated with them. Inclusion of scanned copies of original documents along with appendixes of recommended readings, suggested Web sites, and relevant torture cases makes this a revealing, important publication. A gripping and alarming read about the use of government power. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General readers. G. R. Moore Central Piedmont Community College
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