January 11th, 2012 marks the tenth anniversary of the arrival of the first twenty captives at Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp. PEN American Center and OR Books are reflecting on the occasion by mounting an event designed to explore the human cost of America’s post-9/11 torture program. What has been lost and what can we recover? Who has been harmed and how? How can we best undo the damage of torture? How much can be repaired?
Jameel Jaffer, Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU, moderates a discussion that is meant to be part reflection and part brainstorming session. Panelists include Larry Siems, Director of Freedom to Write and International Programs at PEN American Center; Dr. Jack Saul, Psychology Professor at Columbia University and Director of the International Trauma Studies Program; Joshua E. S. Phillips, author of None of Us Were Like This Before, and Lisa Magarrell, Director of the program office of the International Center for Transitional Justice.
The discussion coincides with the publication of Larry Siems’ remarkable new book The Torture Report (“A chilling account of the use and justification of torture” — Salman Rushdie), which chronicles the post-9/11 torture program and tells the story of the victims, perpetrators, dissenters and investigators using 140,000 government documents acquired through the Freedom of Information Act.