'Torturing Democracy' Premieres on Channel 12/PBS; Documentary Examines America’s Detention and Interrogation Practices
Release Date: 10/30/08
Author: M Simmons
DENVER – (October 30, 2008) – Torturing Democracy, a major documentary film examining America’s detention and interrogation practices in the “war on terror,” will air on KBDI-Channel 12/PBS Friday, Oct. 31 at 9 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m.
Eighteen months in the making, the film examines interrogation methods that were used by the CIA and migrated to the United States military at Guantanamo Bay and other locations.
The documentary features in-depth interviews with senior military and government officials who fought the policy and former Guantanamo detainees who experienced it. Senior Bush administration insiders describe the internal debate over whether the U.S. government should opt out of the Geneva Conventions in order to avoid future prosecution for war crimes.
Among the film’s notable senior military and diplomatic officials is Richard Armitage, former United States Deputy Secretary of State, who describes – for the first time on camera – being waterboarded during his military training.
The 90-minute film will be followed by a 30-minute panel discussion moderated by Aaron Brown.
Bill Moyers calls the documentary “….profoundly journalistic and profoundly affecting. This one will go into the record books for historians and teachers and others who look back to ask, ‘What did we do?’”
KBDI provides high-quality, edgy programming as well as services that address substantive social and educational needs. KBDI delivers three digital channels – more than any other Colorado broadcaster. In addition to its flagship KBDI broadcast channel station, KBDI airs The Documentary Channel featuring the works of independent filmmakers and MHz Worldview, a lineup of programs providing diverse cultural perspectives for a globally minded audience.
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