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The Resource Does torture work?, John W. Schiemann

Does torture work?, John W. Schiemann

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Does torture work?
Title
Does torture work?
Statement of responsibility
John W. Schiemann
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
When the Senate released its so-called "Torture Report" in December 2014 the world would learn that, for years, the CIA had used unimaginably brutal methods to interrogate its prisoners - often without yielding any useful or truthful information. The agency had long and adamantly defended its use of torture, staunchly arguing that it was not only just but necessary for the country's safety. And even amid the revelations of the report, questions abound about whether torture can be considered a justifiable tool of national security. Is interrogational torture an effective method of extracting information? How good does the information extracted need to be for the torture to be considered successful? How often or how vigorously must torture be used to achieve valuable information? It may be the case that interrogational torture can never be justified under any circumstances, but, according to John Schiemann, if it is to be justified at all, it must be effective. According to more than one national poll, most Americans do believe that torture can work, and that it can be justified under certain circumstances.0But if the information that torturers extract is bad, then the method amounts to nothing more than pure sadism. So, how can we solve the dilemma over whether to torture or not to torture? In this book, John Schiemann takes a truly unique approach to the question of torture: game theory. Thinking of torture as a "game" played between an interrogator and a detainee, the book walks the reader through the logic of interrogational torture, comparing the outcomes to the claims made by torture proponents. The book draws on a wide variety of sources ranging from records of the Inquisition to secret CIA memos to trace this logic, illustrating each outcome of the model with a narrative from the real world of interrogational torture. 'Does torture work?' is an absorbing and provocative take on one of most discussed human rights and security dilemmas of our time. -- Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Schiemann, John W
Index
index present
LC call number
HV8593
LC item number
.S345 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Torture
  • Questioning
  • Military interrogation
  • Terrorism
  • Crime prevention
  • Crime prevention
  • Military interrogation
  • Questioning
  • Terrorism
  • Torture
  • Folter
  • Spieltheorie
Label
Does torture work?, John W. Schiemann
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-295) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Interrogating torture -- Dangerous torment -- Benchmarking interrogational torture -- A quixotic model of interrogational torture -- A realistic model of interrogational torture -- A brutal logic -- A matter of calculation -- Surprise torture -- Ambiguous information and false confirmation -- Valuable information, selective torture -- Torturing innocents, resisting torture -- Torture's garden -- Torture's confession
Control code
908311191
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 315 pages
Isbn
9780190262365
Lccn
2015016041
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)908311191
Label
Does torture work?, John W. Schiemann
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-295) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Interrogating torture -- Dangerous torment -- Benchmarking interrogational torture -- A quixotic model of interrogational torture -- A realistic model of interrogational torture -- A brutal logic -- A matter of calculation -- Surprise torture -- Ambiguous information and false confirmation -- Valuable information, selective torture -- Torturing innocents, resisting torture -- Torture's garden -- Torture's confession
Control code
908311191
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 315 pages
Isbn
9780190262365
Lccn
2015016041
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)908311191

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