On the Contributors and books

As I mentioned, we’re thrilled to have several of the most knowledgeable people in the country serving as Contributors to the Report. The group includes Matthew Alexander, a former senior military interrogator who led an elite interrogation team in Iraq; David Frakt, who served most recently as Lead Defense Counsel for the Office of Military Commissions in D.C. and Guantanamo; former constitution law attorney and contributing Salon.com columnist and blogger Glenn Greenwald; Joanne Mariner, who directs Human Rights Watch's Terrorism and Counterterrorism Program; Deborah Popowski, who has worked for the Center for Constitutional Rights, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and the UN Committee against Torture; private investigator, attorney, and writer John Sifton; and writer and blogger Marcy Wheeler. Their contributions to what we now know about the Bush administration’s torture program have been enormous.

They will be joined at the outset by attorneys from the ACLU’s National Security Project and in the future by some of the many other researchers, writers, journalists and lawyers who are working to expose and document torture and mistreatment of detainees in U.S. custody. The feedback from these Contributors, which will appear as annotations throughout the text, is an essential part of the report-writing process.

And I also mentioned good books. Here are three indispensible ones, for starters: Jane Mayer’s The Dark Side (Doubleday, 2008); Philippe Sands’ Torture Team: Rumsfeld's Memo and the Betrayal of American Values (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008); and Administration of Torture: A Documentary Record from Washington to Abu Ghraib and Beyond, by Jameel Jaffer and Amrit Singh (Columbia University Press, 2007)

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