Digging Deeper Into the Long Shadow of Torture
Want to dig deeper? Find out more? For each program, producers gather a lot of background material for Krista and staff to use in preparing for interviews and producing programs. Here's a sample of the information we came across in preparing for this program.
Profiles of Darius Rejali
- Interview on WFIU's Profiles about Rejali's background, work, writing and more. (audio, 53 min; December 2008)
- Reflections on his family, his grandfather, and the Iranian generation that lived through the Iran-Iraq war. (Reed College Magazine, Winter 2007)
- Broad-ranging interview that covers his family background and moves into some of his major points. George Mason University's History News Network. (July 2008)
- Good overall profile piece about Darius Rejali published in the Oregonian. (October 2003)
Writing by Rejali
- Interview in Harper's about his book and how torture infects democratic societies. (February 2008)
- Two-part piece in Salon about the ineffectiveness of torture and the case of the French in Algeria. (June 2004)
- Five myths about torture and truth. (Washington Post, December 2007)
- How British police caught would-be terrorists after 7/7. (The Huffington Post, July 2006)
- A couple of articles on torture techniques in Slate (March 2009) and Boston Globe. (December 2007)
- 2004 Seattle Times editorial on Alberto Gonzales. (December 2004)
- Interview in Willamette Week with a few interesting questions that touch on Guantanamo, Harry Potter, and Rejali's great-grandfather in Iran. (November 2007)
- Transcript of 2004 CNN debate with Alan Dershowitz on whether it is ever "morally appropriate to torture." (scroll a little more than halfway down) (May 2004)
Audio/video of Rejali
- Reflections on the 30th anniversary of the Islamic revolution (5 min). (The TakeAway, February 2009)
- Speaking at the Intelligence Squared debate on torture (7 min). (March 2008)
- Rejali was interviewed for the American RadioWorks documentary "What Killed Sergeant Gray" about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the psychological effects of being a torturer. (October 2008)
Torture in American Culture
- New Yorker article on 24: politics of its creators, its normalization of torture, its effect on military training. Rejali sometimes references 24, Jack Bauer and the "ticking time-bomb plot." (February 2007)
- Pew Forum study on American attitudes toward torture. (April 2009)
- Pew study of attitudes toward torture per religious group. (May 2009)
- Recent New Yorker article on the recent torture debate. (May 2009)
- "Challenging Torture" by Harper's contributor Scott Horton (also interviewed Rejali in one of the links above). (February 2008)
- Christian Science Monitor article on Jose Padilla, psychologically damaged during his detainment. (August 2007)
- Washington Post: a former Army officer struggles with his memories as torturer. (June 2007)
- New York Times' William Safire on the origins of the term waterboarding. (March 2008)
- Richard Land condemns waterboarding in Christianity Today. (May 2009)
Official Documents, Memos, Orders, and Reports
Torture Memos (latest memos)
- Complete text of the four memos released in April 2009 (downloadable PDFs).
- NY Times summary article on the memos. (April 2009)
- The Huffington Post: Rahm Emanuel responds to critics who say releasing the memos helps terrorists understand US techniques. (April 2009)
- Feb 2007 Red Cross report (PDF) from New York Review of Books article, referred to by Rahm Emanuel. (April 2009)
- NY Times: "Waterboarding used 266 times on 2 suspects". (April 2009)
- NPR: CIA officials won't face charges for waterboarding. (April 2009)
- NPR: CIA exempt on torture, but not Lynndie England. (April 2009)
- Huffington Post: New torture photos release delayed by Obama. (April 2009)
- White House April 16, 2009 statement on its decision to declassify Bush administration torture memos.
- Obama's May 13, 2009 statement on the White House's decision not to release detainee photographs.
Torture memos (previous memos and abuses)
- 2008 Senate Armed Services Committee report (pdf) on treatment of detainees during Bush presidency.
- 2005 NY Times report on memos from 2002 and 2003, on torture, prisoner treatment and the Geneva conventions.
- 2002 training document for GTMO, released 2008.
- ACLU archive of previous release memos and declassified documents.
- 2008 Guardian article on April 2008 released memos, with links to PDFs of memos. (April 2008)
- 2004 report on 60 Minutes II that first exposed Abu Ghraib abuses, with links to documents and reports. (April 2004)
Obama interrogation policy and views on torture
- Executive Order: Ensuring Lawful Interrogations (January 2009)
- Executive Order: Closure of Guantanamo (January 2009)
- Executive Order: Review of Detention Policy Options (January 2009)
- BBC overview of Obama policy and army field manual techniques (links to field manuals below). (January 2009)
- WSJ analysis of Obama's executive orders. (January 2009)
Obama interrogation policy and views on torture