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The forever prisoner : the full and searing account of the CIA's most controversial covert program / Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy.

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  • ISBN: 9780802158925
  • ISBN: 0802158927
  • Physical Description: viii, 452 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, [2022]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 379-441) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Mai pen rai -- I am the head motherfucker-in-charge -- Hani 1 -- Disgrace in their face -- The hell with Chris de Burgh -- Oh my god, I can be horrible -- A full-size American refrigerator, only taller -- Controlled death -- Boo boo -- Full-blown, full-tilt, bozo wild person -- Lost in space -- On-the-job training -- Allah will look into their hearts and know -- Zapping the dog for pooping on the rug -- Meow -- Strawberry Fields forever -- A torture ponzi scheme -- A great big terrarium -- Ego and hypocrisy. Nothing else matters -- They are liars, liars, liars! -- Bad guys become good guys and vice versa.
Summary, etc.:
"Six months after 9/11, CIA and FBI agents captured Abu Zubaydah, mistakenly believed to be number three in the Al Qaeda hierarchy. Frantic to thwart a much-feared second attack, the U.S. rendered him to a black site in Thailand. There he collided with Air Force psychologist James Mitchell. Believing that Abu Zubaydah had been trained to resist interrogation, Mitchell and others were authorized to use brutal interrogation techniques that would have violated the Geneva Conventions, international rules and treaties, and U.S. law had not government lawyers rewritten the human rights rulebook. The program metastasized over seven years, encompassing dozens of prisoners and multiple black sites. Ultimately, the U.S. Senate judged it was torture. As a result, numerous prisoners, including Abu Zubaydah, remain in Guantánamo, never charged with any crimes because their trial would reveal the extreme brutality they endured. Based on four years of intensive reporting around the world, on multiple interviews with key protagonists on all sides who speak candidly for the first time, and on thousands of previously classified documents recently released by FOIA requests, The Forever Prisoner is a powerful chronicle of a shocking government initiative that in the end produced zero high-value intelligence, continues to influence U.S. policy to this day, and remains in the headlines twenty years after its inception. It is also a primary source for a feature-length documentary of the same title by Academy Award winner Alex Gibney to debut on HBO on December 6, 2021. Held incommunicado for twenty years, Abu Zubaydah speaks for the first time in the pages of The Forever Prisoner"-- Provided by publisher.
Author Notes

CATHY SCOTT-CLARK and ADRIAN LEVY are the authors of highly acclaimed books, including The Exile, Deception, The Siege, The Amber Room, and The Stone of Heaven. Writing for the Sunday Times and the Guardian, they have won the One World award for foreign reporting and in 2009 were voted One World Media’s Press Journalists of the Year, and they won the 2016 CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction. They live in London.

Subject: Torture > United States.
Extraordinary rendition > United States.
Military interrogation > United States.
ʻAbd al-Majīd, Zayn al-ʻĀbidīn Muḥammad Ḥusayn.
Political prisoners > Abuse of > United States.
Mitchell, James E. (Psychologist)
United States. Central Intelligence Agency.
Intelligence service > Methodology.
War on Terrorism, 2001-2009.
Guerre contre le terrorisme, 2001-2009.
United States. Central Intelligence Agency.
Extraordinary rendition.
Military interrogation.
Political prisoners > Abuse of.
United States.

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