Gareth Peirce is a British lawyer who represents individuals who have been the subject of rendition and torture, or held in captivity on the basis of secret evidence. This excerpt is from her new book, Dispatches from the Dark Side: On Torture and the Death of Justice (Verso).
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Why We Torture
The last several years have found us in the midst of more catastrophes than we could ever, in our worst nightmares, have dreamed of. We could never have envisaged that the history of the new century would encompass the destruction and distortion of fundamental Anglo-American legal and political constitutional principles in place since the 17th century.