By David Hackett Fischer

ISBN-10: 0195069056

ISBN-13: 9780195069051

This interesting e-book is the 1st quantity in a projected cultural historical past of the U.S., from the earliest English settlements to our personal time. it's a heritage of yank folkways as they've got replaced via time, and it argues a thesis in regards to the value for the U.S. of getting been British in its cultural origins.

While most folk within the usa this day haven't any British ancestors, they've got assimilated neighborhood cultures that have been created via British colonists, even whereas maintaining ethnic identities even as. during this feel, approximately all americans are "Albion's Seed," it doesn't matter what their ethnicity can be. The concluding element of this amazing e-book explores the ways in which neighborhood cultures have persisted to dominate nationwide politics from 1789 to 1988, and nonetheless aid to form attitudes towards schooling, executive, gender, and violence, on which modifications among American areas are more than among ecu international locations.

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In April of that year, Allen Dulles, then CIA deputy director for covert operations, met with military intelligence chiefs to seek their assistance in launching Project Artichoke. ” In this mobilization, the CIA employed a combination of financial incentives and collegial manipulation by a few leading researchers to effect a subtle redirection of the nascent cognitive science community. This alliance between the intelligence and science would prove seminal. Through a seemingly erratic yet systematic process, the CIA and its contract researchers produced a distinctively American approach to psychological torture grounded in a scientific understanding of the sensory pathways to human consciousness.

B. Retarding and advancing clocks. C. Serving meals at odd times. D. Disrupting sleep schedules. E. ” But now a penciled insert warned: “It is illegal and against policy to use them to produce regression. ” Offering visual confirmation of this continuity, the detainees at Guantanamo’s Camp X-Ray in 2002 wore prison suits with goggles, gloves, and ear muffs that bear a striking resemblance to equipment Dr. Hebb used to test sensory deprivation on student volunteers at McGill University in 1952. When the Cold War came to a close in 1990, Washington rescinded its torture training and resumed its advocacy of human rights.

Unless such a formal inquiry is convened to investigate this history of coercive interrogation and begin to break the cycle of secrecy, exposé, and impunity, we are likely in a few years to find ourselves once again facing another major torture scandal arising from some newly discovered dungeon in Asia, Africa, or the Middle East. When that happens, the world will not have forgotten those photos from Abu Ghraib. The damage to this country’s international standing will likely be nothing short of devastating.

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