The manipulation of minds: reckoning with the legacy of the American post 9/11 torture program


  • Maria Hartwig John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Mark Fallon



Guantanamo Bay, torture program


In this article, we argue that the government’s post 9-11 torture program was a big lie, in that the designers, executors and enablers knew all along that torture does not elicit reliable information. We review the government’s own research on the matter, and we discuss the ways in which methods known to be unreliable were implemented, most saliently at the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay. We review the secrecy and propaganda surrounding the scope and horror of the torture program at Guantánamo and black sites around the world, and how the government knowingly adopted the terror policies of the torture program, against their own knowledge, against international human rights, and against the law.


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How to Cite

Hartwig, M., & Fallon, M. (2022). The manipulation of minds: reckoning with the legacy of the American post 9/11 torture program. Torture Journal, 32(3), 71–83.