The Dark Side

The Dark Side

The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into A War on American Ideals

Book - 2008
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In the days immediately following September 11th, the most powerful people in the country were panic-stricken. Radical decisions about how to combat terrorists and strengthen national security were made in a state of chaos and fear, but the key players, Vice President Cheney and his powerful, secretive adviser David Addington, used the crisis to further a long-held agenda to enhance presidential powers to a degree never known in U.S. history, and obliterate Constitutional protections that define the very essence of the American experiment. This is a dramatic account of how the United States made terrible decisions in the pursuit of terrorists around the world--decisions that not only violated the Constitution, but also hampered the pursuit of Al Qaeda. Whatever the short-term gains, there were incalculable losses in terms of moral standing, our country's place in the world, and its sense of itself.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2008
ISBN: 9780385526395
0385526393
Branch Call Number: 973.931 M452D
Characteristics: 392 p. : ill. ; cm

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1of5
Dec 28, 2016

Right on the money! This foreshadows the 2016 election results perfectly as the companion to her book "Dark Money". Dollars equal votes in the world's largest banana republic. Just follow the money..." It was bought"

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lukasevansherman
Mar 15, 2016

I recently read "The New Yorker staff writer Jane Mayer's "Dark Money," which is about the corrupting influence of right-wing money (The Koch Brothers are the villains.) on politics. This earlier book tackles torture and the Bush administration's legal machinations to undermine human rights and the Geneva convention. While the basics on well-known by now, Mayer is particularly interested in the legal and ethical aspects of torture and this is sheds new, disturbing light on the subject. Some other worthy books of a similar nature: "Chain of Command," "Standard Operating Procedure," "Dirty Wars."

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StarGladiator
May 22, 2015

When I first read this book, I thought the basic premise was both specious and highly erratic, the author upholding the status quo, everything very TV-like or movie-like! Ms. Mayer's very own subsequent reporting [specifically, on the torture queen, Alfreda Bikowsky Silverstein, after the release of the Senate's summary on the CIA torture report] does much to refute her 2008 premise.
Let's just examine the facts, not the suppositions.
FACT: Several months after 9/11/01, offshore hedge funds doubled from $2 trillion to over $4 trillion in valuation.
FACT: On the morning of 9/11/01, Flight 77 crashed dead center into the Pentagon's reinforced west wall [which in of itself was most strange, since that was the most difficult approach, and the greatest destruction would have been from crashing into the roof?] killing almost all of the auditing team which had uncovered the unaccounted for $2.3 trillion in DoD funds.
FACT: America was attacked on 9/11 by 15 Saudis [the Flight 77 was an all-Saudi hijacking, BTW], 2 Yemenis, 1 Egyptian and 1 hijacker of unknown origin on a stolen Kuwaiti passport.
FACT: On that very same morning, the NRO's operations center had been evacuated during an exercise, where multiple planes simulated flying into their facility. The evacuation meant that Eastern Seaboard satellites could not be manually tasked to observe the airspace above Washington, D.C., and NYC. Time to follow the money, not the suppositions at the political theater level.

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voisjoe1_0
Dec 09, 2014

December 9, 2014 - Senator Diane Feinstein, issues the government 500 page report on the torture of US Detainees. This book is a great companion to that newly issued report.

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laruemann
Jul 31, 2014

It's a book no one wants to read! So...no one did!

voisjoe1 Mar 18, 2012

This book was a finalist for the National Book Award, meaning it was considered to be one of the best non-fiction books of the year. It is an excellent supplement to "Black Banners," as it is the story of how Bush/Cheney secretly decided to make CIA agents believe that it was legal to torture suspected terrorists. Cheney and Bush and all of the politicians involved in the torture of prisoners do not want you to read this book as it exposes their lack of humanity.

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adeecee
Jan 16, 2011

A very sobering and disturbing account of how a democracy, given the right (or wrong) circumstances, can be led astray and end up resembling an authoritarian regime intolerant of opposition, implicitly condoning torture, and engaging in under-handed methods on so many levels -- all in the name of protecting the nation. Those responsible seemed to believe they were on some sort of a higher mission but in fact were utterly misguided. The book ends by describing them as "fools and zealots". History will probably judge them as such as well.

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ecurbkit
May 22, 2009

I have not yet read this book but have been waiting for it to be published. Its subject is of extreme importance. How sad that as of today I am the only person to have requested it.

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21288004246712
Oct 15, 2008

how they distorted the system

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