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Tomorrow (Thursday, April 16) the 2009 Ridenhour Book Prize will be awarded to Jane Mayer for her definitive account of the Bush Administration’s descent into torture. The award ceremony is at noon at the National Press Club in Washington, and I will be offering a brief tribute to Jane on this occasion. The event is open to the public and Harper’s readers are welcome to attend. Other Ridenhour Prize recipients are Bob Herbert (Prize for Courage), former Justice Department lawyer Thomas Tamm (Prize for Truth-Telling), and Nick Turse (Prize for Reportorial Distinction). The National Press Club is located at 529 14th Street, N.W.
Meticulous reporting unravels the inside story of how torture was adopted by the U.S. government as official policy in the aftermath of 9/11. With exclusive interviews, explosive documents and rare archival footage, the documentary has been called the definitive broadcast account of a deeply troubling chapter in recent American history.
More info on “Torturing Democracy” is available here.
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
From the June 2014 issue
Acres of hemp grown by “patriotic‚” U.S. farmers in 1942 at the behest of the U.S. government:
A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.
Greenpeace apologized after activists accidentally defaced the site of Peru’s 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines when they unfurled cloth letters reading “time for change” near the ancient sand drawings. “We fully understand,” the group wrote in a statement, “that this looks bad.”
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