Torture : we have ways of making you talk

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  • Examining the use of torture over the past half-century, this program describes its horrific application in military and political settings and explores its profound human cost. Featuring interviews with confessed practitioners of the gruesome craft, the program exposes interrogation methods developed and carried out by French army officers against Algerian independence fighters, by British police against the IRA, by American troops against the Viet Cong, and other shocking occurrences in South America and South Africa. The employment of physical and psychological abuse as a weapon against guerilla and opposition groups parallels current dilemmas in Iraq and at Guantanamo Bay.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on June 21, 2006.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
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  • Closed-captioned.


  • General Paul Aussaresses: French Torturer (4:12) -- Torture Workshop (4:50) -- Seven Days of Torture (4:42) -- Interrogation (3:04) -- Viet Nam Era - Unknown Enemy (4:31) -- Trained to Torture (5:14) -- Torturer in Exile (3:19) -- Argentinean Torturer (5:08) -- Aftermath of Torture (2:41) -- Torturer and Executioner (5:26) -- Psychopathic Torturer: Man of God? (5:59) -- Paradox of Torture (2:21)
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