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Bad Men

4.29  ·  Rating Details  ·  77 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
'Bad Men' is an explosively personal account of the United States detention facility at Guantanamo Bay by a British lawyer. Through the prisoners' stories he explores the steep human costs of fighting terrorism."
Paperback, 313 pages
Published 2008 by Phoenix (first published 2007)
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Aug 17, 2014 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics, history
Guantanamo Bay is a dastardly place, devoid of moral prowess and is probably the best recruitment tool that extremist groups such as Al Qaeda have. This much we know, but it is only because of the sterling work of people like Clive Stafford-Smith that we know anything. For years he and many others like him; lawyers battling for global human rights, at Reprieve and similar organisations , have lifted the lid on the abusive regime at Guantanamo Bay, a regime that has become almost a parody of itse ...more
Mar 09, 2010 Jasper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Harrowing but now dated in the light of what we know from the internet and newspapers regarding rendition. I read the chapter about Binyam Mohamed and it left me depressed and horrified.

This is a good book but I had to put it down after the aforementioned chapter. I'll go back to it but it is a chapter per month read.

What they are doing is just wrong. It is not necessarily wrong in it's intentions (the mythical ticking bomb scenario) but it is wrong because they have not followed the due proces
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Jul 05, 2011 Muhammad Ahmad rated it it was amazing
If Bad Men were a book about the former Soviet Union or Iran, it would be the subject of a blockbuster film. Some of the court scenes have all the drama and irony of the best in legal fiction, but much of the reality described here would not be out of place in Kafka (Orwell has nothing on this). It is a gripping read and whatever time you spend on this book will be well rewarded by informed, intelligent and incisive decostruction of the house of horrors Cheney, Wolfowitz and Addington built in t ...more
Ali Ashraf
Jul 08, 2014 Ali Ashraf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely worth a read! Although a bit outdated but shows without a doubt the level of inhumanity from the US government!
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Aug 08, 2010 Freya Roberts rated it liked it
Incredibly readable and at times harrowing, this is a darkly humerous book about Clive Stafford Smith's attempts to save the sanity and lives of innocent men trapped in the hell of Guantanamo Bay.
Sep 02, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, fascinating and scary read. A thorough examination of the "logic" behind the existence of Guantanamo Bay. The U.S. and U.K. governments do not come out of this well.
Aug 09, 2011 Tasha added it
A truly chilling account of the War on Terror and some of the rather disturbing acts that take place in the name of freedom and liberty.
Oct 27, 2014 Lena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
great book. If you want to form an opinion on Guantanamo Bay, and other secret prisons - this is the book to help you do it.
Nov 19, 2013 Suzuki rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Written by a lawyer whose clients are prisoners in Guantanamo. Very insightful.
Jun 06, 2007 Pratibha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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An eye opener!!! I knew Bush was crazy but this book totally proves it.
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Clive Stafford Smith OBE is a British, formerly US-based lawyer specializing in civil rights and the death penalty in the United States. He is also the founder and Director of Reprieve, a human rights not-for-profit organization. To date, Clive has helped secure the release of 65 prisoners from Guantánamo Bay (including every British prisoner) and still acts for 15 more. More recently, Clive has t ...more
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