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LIVE from the NYPL: The Question Of Torture


There has been much discussion about the treatment of prisoners and the use of torture since the revelation of prisoner abuse in Iraq, Guantanamo Bay, and Afghanistan. Panelists will address issues such as what is torture and are any measures to coerce information from a reluctant captive ever appropriate? What "laws" should govern the treatment of captives? To what extent is torture, especially during war, inevitable? And if it is inevitable, how can a nation control it?

A discussion moderated by Aryeh Neier, president of the Open Society Institute and founder of Human Rights Watch with:

Mark Bowden: Atlantic Monthly contributor and author of Black Hawk Down

Mark Danner: Author of Torture and Truth: America, Abu Ghraib, and the War on Terror

Darius Rejali: author of Torture and Democracy

Elaine Scarry: Author of The Body in Pain: The Making and Unmaking of the World

This event is co-sponsored with the Carnegie Council and The New York Review of Books.