Filmed in France, Israel, USA, Algeria, Argentina, Uruguay, South Africa and the UK, this disturbing and candid BBC documentary explores the history of modern interrogation techniques and the rise of modern torture using revealing interviews with state interrogators and state torturers.
The legacy of this history continues to shapes our present, especially in the United States, and some of these techniques have now become routine in the war on terror - be it the use of dogs, water-boarding, or sexual humiliation. This long, unbroken line of inhuman cruelty connects Nazi Germany to Abu Ghraib, and is an essential issue in today’s political landscape.
Jane Mayer's article for the New Yorker: "Outsourcing Torture."
The Center for Public Integrity’s article about criticism of the US’ treatment of detainees.
An LA Times editorial on the Republican primary debates and the candidates’ response to a question about torture.
A Newsweek article on the debate over torture.
Spotlight is a Link TV weekly presentation of investigative reports from around the world. Commentary is provided by prominent authors and journalists. This episode is hosted by Lakshmi Chaudhry , who has been a reporter and editor for independent publications, including The Nation and AlterNet, for over six years. She is currently a senior editor at In These Times.