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Journalist Mayer examines Bush administration anti-terror policies

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This country’s response to the September 11th terror attacks continues to spark debate over what’s legitimate in the name of patriotism. New Yorker staff writer Jane Mayer examined that response in her book 'The Dark Side.'

She told KPCC’s "Patt Morrison" that the detention and treatment of alleged terrorists under the previous president has created moral, legal, and foreign policy problems for President Bush's successor.

Jane Mayer: “The problem is during the Bush years these people’s rights were so completely violated they were forced to testify against themselves, they were coerced, sometimes tortured, and once that happens it’s really hard to bring them back inside an American court.”

Mayer’s book was a finalist for the National Book Award. It’s newly available in paperback, with an added epilogue about the Obama administration’s handling of the Guantanamo detainee issue.