The psychological impact of US torture

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In the aftermath of September 11, during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, legal advisors in the George W. Bush Administration signed off on so-called "enhanced interrogation" techniques to gather intelligence. They argued that it wasn't "torture" because there would not be long-term physical or psychological damage. But nobody in the government has bothered to check to make sure that was true.

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Now the New York Times has published the first in a series of reports, "How US Torture Left a Legacy of Damaged Minds." The author is investigative reporter James Risen.

Credits

Guest:
James Risen - New York Times

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Katie Cooper, Paul von Zielbauer, Christine Detz