Shortly after 9/11, Dick Cheney made a chilling announcement on Meet the Press of a new attitude in Washington: “A lot of what needs to be done here will have to be done quietly, without any discussion, using sources and methods that are available to our intelligence agencies. . . . ” What’s been secretly done in regards to human rights abuses is the subject of tonight’s panel discussion, Voices Against Torture: Writers and Lawyers on the Way Forward, hosted by the American Constitution Society and the PEN American Center. The panel includes Jane Mayer, a staff writer at The New Yorker and author of The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals; Anouar Benmalek, author of The Lovers of Algeria and co-founder of the Algerian Committee Against Torture; Columbia Law School professor Scott Horton; and Elisa Massimino, executive director and CEO of Human Rights First. Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate, moderates the discussion.

Tue., Dec. 16, 6:30 p.m., 2008