Barry Eisler

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, also view, and

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

CIA urges suppression of documents related to the torture tapes

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

What the Gang of Eight knew about the torture program

How the CIA dodged court orders covering terror prisoners

The CIA destroyed records documenting torture, also view

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

Manila City Jail, also view

Pinwale, the NSA’s illegal domestic surveillance program

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

Force drift, also on

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

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

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

Scapegoating of enlisted personnel for torture at Abu Ghraib

Jonathan Turley’s article on Abu Ghraib scapegoating and the abdication of command responsibility

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

How to destroy a citizen through trial by media, also view

Over half of America supports torture

Over sixty percent of Evangelicals support torture

CIA Black sites, also view

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

Schlein Vineyard wines

Covering up that we didn’t know who we had imprisoned at Guanttánamo

U.S. torture—a jihadist recruitment bonanza

Senator Durbin: Congress is corporate-owned

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

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 oligarchy includes journalists

Arthur Andersen was examining Enron

The credit agencies were examining the subprimes

Are the Caspers real?

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