The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals

The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals

Jane Mayer

Language: English

Pages: 432

ISBN: 0307456293

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

One of The New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year

National Bestseller

With a New Afterword


National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

A Best Book of the Year: Salon, Slate, The Economist, The Washington Post, Cleveland Plain-Dealer


The Dark Side is a dramatic, riveting, and definitive narrative account of how the United States made self-destructive decisions in the pursuit of terrorists around the world—decisions that not only violated the Constitution, but also hampered the pursuit of Al Qaeda. In spellbinding detail, Jane Mayer relates the impact of these decisions by which key players, namely Vice President Dick Cheney and his powerful, secretive adviser David Addington, exploited September 11 to further a long held agenda to enhance presidential powers to a degree never known in U.S. history, and obliterate Constitutional protections that define the very essence of the American experiment.

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deliver the briefing himself. He visited the ranch once that month but otherwise barely spoke with Bush during this period. Tenet admitted in his memoir that while the alarming-sounding report made clear that Bin Laden was intent on hitting America as hard as he could, “we did not have, and therefore did not convey, information about any specific ongoing plot.” Bush’s reaction was reportedly dismissive. According to an account by journalist Ron Suskind in his book The One Percent Doctrine, after

and Cheney declined repeated requests to be interviewed for this book.) In a city where social THE DARK SIDE 53 networks translated into power, Addington was a loner, commuting to work every day on the subway from a modest suburban house in Alexandria, Virginia. He seemed to revel in being anonymous and abstemious, refusing the lavish invitations that accompany top White House jobs in favor of a simple bowl of gazpacho eaten most days for lunch. “He didn’t care about advancement in the

hired a lawyer for him until January. Frank Lindh tried to send word about Brosnahan to his son in a letter he entrusted to the Red Cross, whose 94 Jane Mayer mandate is to communicate with soldiers across battle lines. But American officials blocked the delivery of the letter. His parents also tried to get word to him through the State Department, the Defense Department, and their representatives in Congress. “He was behind a wall of silence,” Lindh’s father said. During this time, Lindh was

the September 11 attacks and claimed to regret having killed so many Americans. Zubayda expressed an all-consuming hatred for Israel, however, which he claimed justified the mass murders. If released, Zubayda admitted, he would commit more of them, killing every American and Jew that he could, adding sheepishly, “It’s nothing personal. You’re a nice guy. It’s just who I am.” Such sentiments convinced Kiriakou that terrorists such as Zubayda were unlike enemies of the past and so needed to be

study of Arab culture and psychology first published in 1973. A cultural anthropologist, Patai included a twenty-five-page chapter on Arabs and sex, depicting the culture as crippled by shame and repression. “The segregation of the sexes, the veiling of the women . . . and all the other minute rules that govern and restrict contact between men and women, have the effect of making sex a prime mental preoccupation in the Arab world,” Patai wrote. Homosexual activity, “or any indication of homosexual

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