Kidnap and Torture American Style

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Kidnap and Torture American Style - 11/27/05 04:53 PM

As Tony Blair unveils his tough new line on deporting foreign terror subjects following the July bombings, journalist Andrew Gilligan investigates whether these new rules will mean suspects, who have never been found guilty by a jury, will be delivered into the hands of torturers. <br><br>Gilligan examines the evidence that Britain's support for America's War on Terror has extended to alleged complicity in the practice of 'extraordinary rendition' - the abduction of terror suspects and their removal to regimes with poor human rights records. <br><br>Dispatches: Kidnap and Torture American Style follows the stories of terror suspects. Some of them are British residents, who have been snatched from streets and airports throughout the world before being flown to the Middle-East and Africa. In countries such as Syria and Egypt, they undergo agonising ordeals before being incarcerated, without ever facing an open trial. <br><br>Testimonies from those suspects allege that Britain has a key role in these shady operations from supplying intelligence information on which interrogations are based, to ordering their arrest and detention. With the legality of extraordinary rendition being questionable at best, Gilligan speaks to Elizabeth Wilmshurst, the former Deputy Director of Legal Affairs at the British Foreign Office. She resigned in protest over Britain's decision to join the invasion of Iraq. In her first interview since her resignation, she voices her concern about reports of Britain's involvement in the CIA's torture by proxy. <br><br>Twenty-two people in Britain are now awaiting deportation to countries which are known to carry out torture. Gilligan asks if the policy of deportation to countries where diplomatic assurances against torture are likely to be broken is any different to extraordinary rendition when the end result is the same the torture chamber. 48 min. 2005<br><br><br><br>Stream<br><br><br><br>Download (28MB)<br><br><br><br><br>Don't like Channel 4? How about the PBS ...<br><br><br>The Torture Question<br><br>In mid-August, a FRONTLINE documentary crew made the perilous journey to the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Entering the 280-acre compound in the middle of the night, escorted by helicopters and a convoy of armed Humvees, the crew was following 50 detainees fresh from the battlefield. As they were ordered to kneel in formation on the concrete floor, one detainee nervously asked the FRONTLINE cameraman, "Is this Abu Ghraib?" The answer brought a shudder. 90 min. 2005<br><br><br><br><br>Don't like PBS? How about the CBC ...<br><br><br>A Few Bad Apples<br><br>In April of 2004, a series of photos depicting events at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq were made public and shocked the world.<br><br>The photos showed Iraqi detainees being abused and humiliated by their American military captors. The fifth estate's story, "A Few Bad Apples", unravels the events of one night, October 25, 2003 events captured in one of those famous photographs. Three Iraqis, detained by American soldiers at the prison, are dragged from their cells, made to crawl naked along the floor and chained together on the ground and forced to mimic sex. More soldiers gather. Some participate in the humiliation of the detainees, others stand by and watch. <br><br>"A Few Bad Apples" tells the story of the soldiers in that photograph some of the "bad apples" that the White House argued were, alone, responsible for the abuses in Abu Ghraib as well as another, bigger, story about politics and the war in Iraq. <br><br>The quick victory predicted by many Pentagon officials did not materialize after the invasion of Iraq. The country became ever more violent and dangerous. Caught unprepared, American forces scrambled to gather intelligence against a new, shadowy enemy. Aggressive interrogation policies that contravened the Geneva Conventions were condoned and, in many instances, encouraged by the highest levels of the American government. High-level commanders insisted detainees be "broken". Soldiers in the field now understood that the "gloves [were] coming off." 40 min. 2005<br><br><br><br>Download (123MB)<br><br><br><br><br>I guess george should change his name to saddam bush and dick to dick hussein, and donald to chemical doni.<br><br>