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Torture: The Guantanamo Guidebook; Is Torture a Good Idea?

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 03 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:543
  1. Trevor Jackson, assistant editor (
  1. BMJ

    Torture: The Guantanamo Guidebook. Channel 4, 28 February at 11 05 pm

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    Is Torture a Good Idea?. Channel 4, 28 February at 8 pm

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    Ever wondered what it's like to be detained in Guantanamo Bay? Seven British volunteers, including several Muslims, were given the chance to find out, courtesy of Channel 4, as part of a week-long series of programmes on torture. Reporting to a specially equipped ware-house, they were ambushed, hooded, kidnapped, shackled, caged, and subjected to a range of Pentagon approved interrogation techniques that included sensory deprivation, “sleep adjustment,” religious and sexual humiliation, and severe physical pain. But Torture: The Guantanamo Guidebook was no Big Brother-style reality show. This was a serious attempt to examine the effects of torture on the body and the psyche, and to bring home to viewers the kind of interrogation techniques that are being employed in the US-led so called “war on terror.”

    “Tonight we recreate 48 hours in Guantanamo Bay,” announced presenter Jon Snow, better known as the face of Channel 4 News. “All the interrogation methods you see have been officially …

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