Conspiracy to Torture Conspiracy to Torture

No nation is immune from the insidious downward spiral signified by torture. In this special issue, The Nation confronts the sweeping moral seriousness what the torture conspiracy ...

Dec 8, 2005 / Editorial / The Editors

An Army of Lawyers An Army of Lawyers

Human rights organizations have coordinated an investigation into torture and an extensive defense of detainees, organizing lawyers who represent clients from nonprofits to oil and...

Dec 8, 2005 / Feature / Lisa Hajjar

Secrets and Lies Secrets and Lies

By the time the first prisoners were taken in Iraq, a green light to abuse had been issued in writing. Now torture is cloaked in a veil of secrecy, with obscured statistics, dismis...

Dec 8, 2005 / Feature / Karen J. Greenberg

Pop Torture Pop Torture

Pop culture does more than validate the claim that torture could help foil bombs seconds before detonation.

Dec 8, 2005 / Books & the Arts / Richard Kim

Rogue Scholars Rogue Scholars

Defenders of torture dwell not only in the White House and Pentagon, but in the halls of academia. When prominent law professors and academics cite the fantastic "ticking-bomb theo...

Dec 8, 2005 / Books & the Arts / Tara McKelvey

Disco Inferno Disco Inferno

Military detainees have been subjected to starvation, sleep deprivation and now Metallica and Britney Spears. Blasted at high volume, torture music has become a weapon of war, used...

Dec 8, 2005 / Books & the Arts / Moustafa Bayoumi

The Silence of the Doctors The Silence of the Doctors

The overlooked players in the torture scandal are the medical personnel who supervise--and often participate in--acts of torture. Military medical professionals have reportedly tai...

Dec 8, 2005 / Feature / Jonathan H. Marks

Seeds of Abu Ghraib Seeds of Abu Ghraib

Americans wondered how Army Specialist Charles Graner could torture detainees in the gruesome Abu Ghraib scandal. In war, people do things that would otherwise be unthinkable. But ...

Dec 8, 2005 / Feature / Sasha Abramsky

Brass Tacks Brass Tacks

"Do what has to be done" is the motto of the investigative arm of the US military. But when the understaffed institution regularly loses evidence and delays autopsies, it does too ...

Dec 8, 2005 / Feature / Tara McKelvey

The Torture Administration The Torture Administration

Despite what we know of history, it comes as a shock to discover that American leaders would open the way for torture of prisoners, that the President would fight legislation prohi...

Dec 8, 2005 / Feature / Anthony Lewis