Secrets, Politics and Torture

May 19, 2015

The secret history of the fight over the CIA’s controversial interrogation methods, widely criticized as torture.

(54:30) The secret history of the CIA's controversial "enhanced interrogation" methods.



John Rizzo: The Legal Case for “Enhanced Interrogation”

“I did consider the implications of the U.S. government in any way, shape or form going down this road,” says the former CIA attorney. “But my major concern as the chief lawyer was: Were these techniques legal?”

Dianne Feinstein: The CIA “Cannot Shove the Laws Aside”

It’s crucial for the United States to confront its use of torture in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and vow, “never again,” says the veteran California Democrat.

John McLaughlin: CIA Interrogations Were Legal, Moral and Effective

It’s too simplistic to write off the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” program as torture, says the agency’s former deputy director. “Wouldn’t it be equally immoral if we failed to get this information,” he asks.

Mark Udall: The U.S. “Treated People in Inhumane, Terrible Ways”

The former Colorado senator says that when he learned the details of the CIA’s covert interrogation program, he “physically felt sick.”

Why You Never Saw The CIA’s Interrogation Tapes

When videotapes depicting “enhanced interrogations” of two Al Qaeda suspects in CIA detention were destroyed, even the agency’s own lawyer says he was shocked.

WATCH: How the CIA Helped Make “Zero Dark Thirty”

The blockbuster reflected the CIA’s narrative that “enhanced interrogation techniques” — widely criticized as torture — were key in finding and killing Osama bin Laden. But was that version of history true?

How the CIA Outsourced Torture

Ali Soufan, a former top FBI interrogator, says torture must be permanently stopped.

Voices from the “Dark Side”: The CIA Torture Debate

A Senate investigation has prompted new debate on the CIA’s use of “enhanced interrogation” in the aftermath of 9/11. So what did key players who helped shape the policy think at the time?

Report: Medical Professionals Participated in Torture of Terror Suspects

They helped to force-feed detainees, participated in waterboarding, and failed to report abusive treatment, according to a two-year task force review.

Six Reasons the “Dark Side” Still Exists Under Obama

Obama banned torture, but hasn’t taken steps to keep it from happening again, according to a recently released report.

The Interrogator

An extended conversation with Ali Soufan, an FBI agent who was at the center of the 9/11 investigations.

Extraordinary Rendition

In a crowded city in northern Egypt, FRONTLINE tracks down a man who was once one of the CIA’s “ghost prisoners” at one of the agency’s controversial “black sites.”


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