WPSU-TV to air documentary about current U.S. interrogation policies

October 23, 2008

Public TV station WPSU will air “Torturing Democracy,” a 90-minute documentary about the current administration’s policies on interrogation and detention, at 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30. The broadcast will be immediately followed by a discussion of the topics portrayed in the documentary.

Emmy-award winning producer Sherry Jones uses exclusive interviews and rare archival footage to look at interrogation methods first used by the CIA and then by military officials at Guantanamo Bay and in Iraq. The film will show viewers about how a secret U.S. military training program – “Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape” or SERE -- became the basis for many of the harshest methods used to question prisoners in U.S. custody.

The documentary features several former detainees and their experiences as prisoners. These people spent years in custody, but were eventually released with no charges filed against them. “Torturing Democracy” also includes in-depth interviews with high-ranking military and government officials -- some of which have not spoken on television about the practices and tactics of the U.S. counter-terrorism policy until now.

“Uncovering the fierce struggles waged by these insiders was one of the surprising revelations during the months of work on ‘Torturing Democracy,’" Jones said.  “They were unable to overcome formidable resistance from the most powerful figures in the Pentagon and the White House … all the more important that their stories be told.”   

Following the program, WPSU-TV will air a 30-minute panel discussion about the film with Alan Dershowitz, Harvard law professor; Carol Rosenberg, staff reporter for the Miami Herald; and Philippe Sands, director of the Centre for International Courts and Tribunals at University College, London. The discussion is moderated by journalist Aaron Brown.

 

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