During the “War on Terror,” U.S. forces turned to torture, with many soldiers, senior officials, and even U.S. citizens believing it was effective and necessary. But how did this happen, and at what cost? Joshua E.S. Phillips, author of None of Us Were Like This Before, and Ian Fishback discuss the reasons that states and soldiers resort to torture during counterinsurgency warfare, as well as the hidden costs of torture on military operations, on detainees, and even on soldiers themselves. Both men’s perspectives come from firsthand knowledge: Fishback served in four combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2001-10 and in 2006 was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People for his role in reforming detainee-treatment standards in the U.S. military; investigative journalist Phillips reported from the Middle East and interviewed soldiers, their families and friends, military officials, and victims of torture. Presented as part of the Town Hall Civic series, with Elliott Bay Book Company, the University of Washington Center for Human Rights, The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation.
Tickets are $5 at www.townhallseattle.org or 888/377-4510 and at the door beginning at 6:30 pm. Town Hall members receive priority seating. Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street.
Other Civic Events
Friday, December 6, 2013, 7:30 – 8:30pm
Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. $5.
Seattle Human Rights Day
A Celebration Honoring the Seattle Human Rights Commission’s 50th Anniversary
Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 7:30 – 8:40pm
Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. $5, suggested donation.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 7:30 – 9:00pm
Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.