America in the Philippines, 1899-1902: The First Torture Scandal

TitleAmerica in the Philippines, 1899-1902: The First Torture Scandal
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsEinolf, Christopher J.
Number of Pages235
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
CityNew York

This volume analyzes the US Army's use of the 'water cure' torture in the Philippine War and the ensuing political scandal that resulted. Drawing on primary source documents to construct a detailed narrative history of the events, the book also proposes an original theory for the causes of torture, which emphasizes the moral agency of low-level actors. The author uses the historical debate to illuminate theories of present-day human rights advocacy. The conclusion relates the Philippine War case to the more recent use of torture under the George W. Bush administration and makes recommendations for researchers and advocates.

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