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By George C. Thomas III,Richard A. Leo

How did the U.S., a state identified for safeguarding the "right to stay silent" develop into infamous for condoning and utilizing arguable strategies like water boarding and impressive rendition to extract details? What forces make certain the legislation that outline appropriate interrogation suggestions and the way do they shift so quick from one severe to another?

In Confessions of Guilt, esteemed students George C. Thomas III and Richard A. Leo inform the tale of ways, over the centuries, the legislation of interrogation has moved from indifference approximately severe strength to problem over the slightest strain, and again back. The heritage of interrogation within the Anglo-American international, they exhibit, has been a swinging pendulum instead of a gentle continuum of violence.

Exploring a realist rationalization of this trend, Thomas and Leo display that the legislations of interrogation and the method of its enforcement are either inherently volatile and hugely depending on the perceived degrees of danger felt via a society. legislation react to worry, they argue, and none extra so than those who govern the remedy of suspected criminals.

From England of the past due eighteenth century to the US on the sunrise of the twenty-first, Confessions of Guilt strains the anxious but attention-grabbing heritage of interrogation practices, new and previous, and the legislation that govern them. Thomas and Leo expertly clarify the social dynamics that underpin the continuous transformation of interrogation legislations and perform and glance significantly ahead to what their destiny may perhaps hold.

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