Jane Mayer: How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Values

Conversations with History - Jane Mayer

Jane Mayer; Staff Writer The New Yorker

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes New Yorker writer Jane Mayer for a discussion of her new book, The Dark Side. She explains how, under the direction of Vice President Cheney and his Assistant David Addington,the Bush administration, contrary to American history and tradition, implemented a policy of torture and rendition in violation of U.S. and international law. She describes the resistence within the government and the military to these actions. Mayer also offers a compelling account of what happened to detainees under the Cheney/Addington regime. She also analyzes the long term consequences for the fight against terror and for U.S. moral leadership in the world.


Key Words: Journalists, International Law, Terrorism, U.S. Presidents, U.S. Foreign Policy, Leadership, U.S. Political Tradition, 911, Laws of War, Torture, Women Trailblazers
Jane Mayer
Publication date: 
August 7, 2008
Publication type: 
Conversations with History