Bill Moyers Journal: Philippe Sands

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Bill Moyers Journal
May 9, 2008

In his new book, TORTURE TEAM: RUMSFELD’S MEMO AND THE BETRAYAL OF AMERICAN VALUES, Philippe Sands draws on official documents and interviews with key players to explain how the U.S. Military went from interrogations strictly regulated by the U.S. ARMY FIELD MANUAL 34-52 to enhanced interrogations that included sleep deprivation, nudity, stress positions, and water boarding.

As Sands explains in an interview with Scott Horton in THE NEW REPUBLIC:

When the administration released the December 2002 and other memos, it told a story that essentially said this: The new interrogation techniques came from the bottom up and had nothing to do with policy decisions driven from the top. I wanted to explore the truth of that account, by trying to talk to as many of the people involved in the decision as I could.


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On Torture and “Administration Interrogation Rules” by Prof Marjorie Cohn

Philippe Sands on the White House Role in Sanctioning Torture

Philippe Sands: Beyond the Torture Debate (video)

John Yoo-4th Amendment-Torture

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