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An eye-opening exposé of America's torture regime
Myths about torture abound: Waterboarding is the worst we've done. The
soldiers were hardened professionals. All Americans now believe that what we
did was wrong. Torture is now a thing of the past. Journalist Justine
Sharrock's reporting reveals a huge chasm between what has made headlines and
what has actually happened. She traveled around the country, talking to the
young, low-ranking soldiers that watched our prisoners, documenting what it
feels like to torture someone and discovering how many residents of small town
America think we should have done a lot more torture.
Tortured goes behind the scenes of America's torture program through the
personal stories of four American soldiers who were on the frontlines of the
"war on terror," including the Abu Ghraib whistleblower. They reveal how their
orders came from the top with assurances that those orders were legal and how
their experiences left them emotionally scarred and suffering a profound sense
of betrayal by the very government for which they fought. Based on the
firsthand accounts of young, working-class soldiers who were forced to carry
out orders crafted by officers, politicians, and government lawyers who have
never answered for their actions The Department of Justice may still launch an
investigation into torture under Bush—and Sharrock argues it must be done
Describes how it feels to torture, and how people back home reacted to the
If reading Tortured doesn't make you angry, nothing America does to tarnish
its reputation as a beacon of fairness and freedom ever will.