Inside Out



When Inside Out was in manuscript form, it contained over eighty footnotes. I was tempted to keep them in the text, but in the end I judged them too distracting from the story. As a compromise, I moved the references to the end of the book and put them here on the website, too. Read the underlying sources and you'll see that while this story is a work of the imagination, it's based on actual events.

During the year in which I wrote the book, various people privy to its plot were concerned the CIA interrogation tapes would surface and overtake the story. I told them not to worry: those tapes would never see the light of day. They haven't. And they never will.

First New York Times report of torture tapes destruction.

Second New York Times report—not two tapes, but 92.

Torture Tape Timeline.
EmptyWheel/Firedoglake (PDF)

Treatment of terror prisoners, as detailed by Physicians for Human Rights in its groundbreaking Broken Laws, Broken Lives report.

Confidential International Committee of the Red Cross report on the treatment of 14 "high value CIA detainees" in CIA Custody. (PDF)

CIA urges suppression of documents related to the torture tapes.

Mainstream media's euphemistic contortions regarding U.S. torture.

Senate Armed Services Committee inquiry into the treatment of detainees in U.S. custody: "The abuse of detainees in U.S. custody cannot simply be attributed to the actions of 'a few bad apples' acting on their own. The fact is that senior officials in the United States government solicited information on how to use aggressive techniques, redefined the law to create the appearance of their legality, and authorized their use against detainees. Those efforts damaged our ability to collect accurate intelligence that could save lives, strengthened the hand of our enemies, and compromised our moral authority." (PDF)

What the Gang of Eight knew about the torture program.

ACLU Freedom of Information Act requests for information on treatment of terrorist suspects.

How the CIA dodged court orders covering terror prisoners.

The CIA destroyed records documenting torture.

Dick Cheney admits to waterboarding.

Records of what was on the interrogation videos.

Information laundering—how the government uses the media to turn talking points into news stories.

And another example of how the government and mainstream media cooperatively propagandize.

Manila City Jail.

Pinwale, the NSA's illegal domestic surveillance program.

Why bounty hunting isn't a great way to catch terrorists.

The CIA's terrorist interrogation "mosaic."

CIA use of Boeing for rendition flights to black sites.

Secretary of State Rice's version of, "If the president does it, it means it's not illegal."

The torture memos.

The CIA as fall guy for Iraq.

Force drift.

How to turn permission to torture into a limitation on torture (and blame field personnel for exceeding it).

U.S. policy on sleep deprivation, hypothermia, stress positions, beatings.

The U.S. torture program led to no useful intelligence.

How the Bush administration used torture to try to establish a Saddam Hussein/al Qaeda link.

Scapegoating of enlisted personnel for torture at Abu Ghraib. (PDF)

Jonathan Turley's article on Abu Ghraib scapegoating and the abdication of command responsibility. (PDF)

Dan Choi, Arab linguist driven from the military for being gay.

We can make a terrorist talk, but we can't get him to talk in English.

Assassination ring operating out of the Office of the Vice President.

The vice president's plan to override the Fourth Amendment and use active-duty military to arrest U.S. citizens on American soil.

CIA briefs Congress on a CIA assassination program.

CIA lies to Congress.

Doctors assist in torture.

Outsourcing assassination to Blackwater.

Contractors rape with impunity.

How to destroy a citizen through trial by media.

Over half of America supports torture.

Over sixty percent of Evangelicals support torture.

CIA Black sites.

CIA secret prison system.

CIA shuttles ghost detainees through Abu Ghraib, Bagram, Guantanamo, and other prisons so the Red Cross couldn't verify their existence.

Ghost detainees at black sites.

How the CIA built the black site prisons.

The Supreme Court rules terror suspects have the right to petition for habeas corpus.

Government releases terror suspects it can't charge.

Waterboarding someone 183 times in a month.

JSOC run from the Office of the Vice President.

CIA Inspector General's report on torture.

Schlein Vineyard wines.

Covering up that we didn't know who we had imprisoned at Guantánamo.

We knew most Guantánamo prisoners were innocent.

U.S. torture—a jihadist recruitment bonanza.

Torture radicalizes prisoners.

Senator Durbin: Congress is corporate-owned.

Health care reform creates new customers for the insurance companies and big pharma.

The AIG bailout was a way of funneling money to Goldman Sachs.

Halliburton profits from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Marshall Plan as corporate welfare.
Thomas J. McCormick, "Drift or Mastery? A Corporatist Synthesis for American Diplomatic History." Reviews in American History 10, no. 4 (December 1982).

Congress's turnover lower than North Korean Politburo's.

The mainstream media as "Church of the Savvy."

Why France lost in Algeria even though torture "worked."

The oligarchy includes journalists.

Arthur Andersen was examining Enron.

The credit agencies were examining the subprimes.

The leviathan only grows.

Are the Caspers real?

Prologue and First Chapter (PDF)
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