There’s two weekend must reads on Jane Mayer’s new book, The Dark Side, The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals.
First check out the review by Andrew J. Bacevich, in the WaPo: Collateral Damage:
In The Dark Side, Jane Mayer, a staff writer for the New Yorker, documents some of the ugliest allegations of wrongdoing charged against the Bush administration. Her achievement lies less in bringing new revelations to light than in weaving into a comprehensive narrative a story revealed elsewhere in bits and pieces. Recast as a series of indictments, the story Mayer tells goes like this: Since embarking upon its global war on terror, the United States has blatantly disregarded the Geneva Conventions. It has imprisoned suspects, including U.S. citizens, without charge, holding them indefinitely and denying them due process. It has created an American gulag in which thousands of detainees, including many innocent of any wrongdoing, have been subjected to ritual abuse and humiliation. It has delivered suspected terrorists into the hands of foreign torturers.
Under the guise of “enhanced interrogation techniques,” it has succeeded, in Mayer’s words, in “making torture the official law of the land in all but name.” Further, it has done all these things as a direct result of policy decisions made at the highest levels of government.
And then head over to The Washington Note and read Steve Clemons’ piece: “STREAMING LIVE TUESDAY: Jane Mayer on the White House’s Heart of Darkness.” Steve will be hosting “a live streaming discussion with New Yorker Washington Correspondent Jane Mayer” about her new book on Tuesday.
UPDATE: Steve Clemons has a new post up this morning, including via advanced permission from Mayer’s publisher, Random House, a copy of the “press release that they are issuing Monday evening on the key findings in her book,” and a “roster of some of the revelations about the White House’s path towards embrace of a torture policy.” Read it all here.
The Dark Side is going on the top of my reading list.