Friday, June 11, 2010

Facing Torture

Lt. General Ricardo Sanchez: Facing Torture

June 9th, 2010

Torture is still happening, says Lt. General Ricardo Sanchez of black sites around the world that the Obama administration has yet to close down. Sanchez was the highest-ranking Latino in the U.S. Army when he retired in 2006, after having been commander of ground forces in Iraq during a critical period of the war--and during the period when abuses at Abu Ghraib occurred. Since his retirement, he has called for a truth commission to investigate torture, and, he says, "Americans need to face up to" what happened there.

Lt. General Sanchez joins Laura in studio to discuss the ongoing debates over torture, the serious questions facing military officers in the field, and the unwillingness of Obama to look back over the conduct of the Iraq war. He was in New York to be a panelist at the Culture Project's "Blueprint for Accountability," and we bring you video from that event featuring Mariska Hargitay.

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Working the Dark Side

Blueprint for Accountability - Working the Dark Side
Timezone: P M C E Saturday, June 12th 01:00 pm DIRECTV Channel 375 | DISH Network Channel 9410

Category: Documentaries
Regions: North America, Middle East
Topics: Current Affairs / News, Music / Art / Culture

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow launched Culture Project's "Blueprint for Accountability" series on May 31 with a gripping evening on accountability and the U.S. policy of torture in the “War on Terror.” This first episode is titled "Working The Dark Side."

In a multi-media production fusing live theater and journalism, Maddow was joined by Pulitzer-Prize winning author Ron Suskind, Vince Warren of the Center for Constitutional Rights, and Lt. General Ricardo Sanchez, who commanded U.S. troops in Iraq during 2003-2004. The evening, directed by Fisher Stevens, featured performances by Liev Schreiber, John Leguizamo, Noah Emmerich and Julianna Margulies. Continued with Video

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