Documentary: "Torturing Democracy"

Thursday, 28 May 2009 15:59 By Bill Moyers and Bill Moyers Journal, t r u t h o u t | Programming Note | name.

Documentary: "Torturing Democracy"
US soldier watches detainees at Guantanamo Bay Prison. (Photo: Shane T. McCoy / USN)

    PBS Airtime: Friday, May 29, 2009, at 9:00 p.m. EDT on PBS (check local listings here.)

    Award-winning producer Sherry Jones presents a comprehensive documentary - more than 18 months in the making - that examines America's detention and interrogation practices in the "war on terror." Bill Moyers Journal presents "Torturing Democracy," which examines how coercive interrogation methods were used by the CIA and migrated to the United States military at Guantanamo Bay and other locations as well as the charges that these interrogations became "at a minimum, cruel and inhuman treatment and, at worst, torture," in the words of former General Counsel of the United States Navy Alberto Mora. It carefully presents evidence that the Bush administration promoted these methods and developed legal justification for the practice. The film features in-depth interviews with senior military and government officials who fought the policy and former Guantanamo detainees who experienced it, and uncovers the origins of the tactics the White House called "enhanced interrogation techniques."

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