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How the Gloves Came Off – Lawyers, Policy Makers, and Norms in the Debate on Torture - Columbia Scholarship Online
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How the Gloves Came Off: Lawyers, Policy Makers, and Norms in the Debate on Torture

Elizabeth Grimm Arsenault


The treatment of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison, Guantánamo Bay, and far-flung CIA "black sites" after the attacks of 9/11 included cruelty that defied legal and normative prohibitions in U.S. and international law. The anti-torture stance of the United States was brushed aside. Since then, the guarantee of American civil liberties and due process for POWs and detainees has grown muddled, threatening the norms that sustain modern democracies. How the Gloves Came Off considers the legal and political arguments that led to this standoff between civility and chaos and their significant consequenc ... More

Keywords: torture, terrorism, intelligence, human rights, laws of war, Geneva Conventions, U.S. foreign policy, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780231180788
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231180788.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth Grimm Arsenault, author
Georgetown University

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