Season 24, Episode 1 The Torture Question

First Aired: October 18, 2005

“The Torture Question” explores how the post-Sept. 11 fear of terrorism led to the abuse of detainees at Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere. “We moved and blurred some important lines,” says producer Michael Kirk, “and we may have crossed them.” Kirk, who filmed at both prisons and follows cases, also interviews military and White House officials, and examines how government lawyers “rewrote” the definition of torture. They “miniaturized it,” he says.