The Skimmer

The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals By Jane Mayer (Doubleday; 392 pages)

Five days after 9/11, Dick Cheney famously said that to combat terrorism, "We'll have to work sort of the dark side." Mayer's new book argues that he meant what he said: "For the first time in its history," she writes, "the United States sanctioned government officials to physically and psychologically torment U.S.-held captives, making torture the official law of the land in all but name." The author, an investigative reporter for the New Yorker, meticulously demonstrates...

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