The Phenomenon of Torture

The Phenomenon of Torture
Readings and Commentary

Edited by William F. Schulz. Foreword by Juan E. Méndez

2007 | 408 pages | Cloth $ | Paper $34.95
Law | Cultural Studies
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Table of Contents

Foreword, by Juan E. Mendez xiii
Introduction 1

1. TORTURE IN WESTERN HISTORY
Torture and Truth 13
The Torture of Jesus 16
Torture and the Law of Proof 19
Torture 27
Discipline and Punish 30
An Essay on Crimes and Punishments 34
On Torture and Capital Punishment 36
Preventing Torture 38

2. BEING TORTURED
The Railway Man 49
And Night Fell 53
Statement by Abu Ghraib detainee 60
The Gulag Archipelago 63
A Miracle, a Universe 66
The Method 71
Torture 80
Against Our Will 88
Report Uzbekistan 95
Prison of Women 97

3. WHO ARE THE TORTURERS?
King Leopold's Ghost 101
The Torturer's Tale 104
The Perils of Obedience 110
The Official Torturer 120
Ritual Abuse 124
Hidden Terrors 127
The Winter Soldier Investigation 132
Torture 134
The Torturers' Notebooks 136
The Battle of the Casbah 137
The Wretched of the Earth 139
In Their Own Words 141

4. THE DYNAMICS OF TORTURE
Human Resource Exploitation Training Manual 155
The Politics of Cruelty 163
Prisoner Without a Name, Cell Without a Number 167
The Body in Pain 172
What's Wrong with Torture 178
Intimate Terror 180

5. THE SOCIAL CONTEXT OF TORTURE
Torture 195
The Origins of Totalitarianism 196
Republic of Fear 201
The Psychology and Culture of Torture and Torturers 204
How to Make a Torturer 210
Unspeakable Acts, Ordinary People 215

6. THE ETHICS OF TORTURE
Of Torture 221
The Case for Torture 227
Kidnapping Has Germans Debating Police Torture 230
Why Terrorism Works 233
Torture 241
Suggestions for Japanese Interpreters 249
Does Torture Work? 255
Tainted Legacy 260
Landau Commission Report 267
Supreme Court of Israel Judgment 275

7. HEALING THE VICTIMS, STOPPING THE TORTURE
Treatment of Victims of Torture 285
Police Officers Convicted of Torturing Man in Detention 297
Torture Spoken Here 299
Aydin v. Turkey 304
International Criminal Court Q & A Sheet 308
An End to Impunity 311
The Case of General Pinochet 314
Filartiga v. Pena-Irala 325
The Contribution of Truth Commissions 333
Human Rights Education for the Police 347

EXCERPTS FROM DOCUMENTS 357
UN Convention against Torture 357
International Standards Against Torture 360
U.S. Army Field Manual 363
How to Get Involved 365

Notes 367
Bibliography 377
Acknowledgments 381
Credits and Permissions 383