FRONTLINE | Secrets, Politics and Torture

One of the many things that revolts me about the GW Bush years was their introduction of “enhanced interrogation techniques“.

A new documentary reminds us of American torture.

FRONTLINE investigates the fight over the CIA’s controversial “enhanced interrogation” methods, widely criticized as torture. Based on recently declassified documents and interviews with key political leaders and CIA insiders, filmmaker Michael Kirk investigates the secret history of what the CIA did — and whether it worked.

It didn’t work. It was torture. If another nation had used these techniques on Americans, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld would have called it torture.

Click PLAY or watch a trailer on YouTube.

You can watch the hour long documentary on PBS.


Enhanced interrogation techniques … … methods included prolonged stress positions, hooding, subjection to deafening noise, sleep deprivation to the point of hallucination, deprivation of food and drink — as well as waterboarding, walling, nakedness, subjection to extreme cold, confinement in small coffin-like boxes, and repeated slapping or beating.

There were also cases of medically unnecessary forced rectal feeding (anal rape) and threats to harm family members. …

A nonpartisan, independent review of interrogation and detention programs in the years after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks concluded that “it is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture” and that the nation’s highest officials bore ultimate responsibility for it. …


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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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