Gulag was the name given to Soviet concentration camps where tens of thousands of people, disappeared and out of reach from their families, were tortured and remained imprisoned for years, without any official charges being brought against them. According to Amnesty International, ever since 9/11, the US has created a "universal gulag", ranging from Guantanamo to the Iraqi and other secret CIA prisons. On its part, the US government claims that the measures are necessary and imposed by the war on terror. It also claims that detainees enjoy all privileges that international treaties guarantee them.
What is the truth? Can these emergency measures prevent a new terrorist attack and what will the cost on democratic liberties be? After a research that lasted a year and a half, interviews with the key-figures of cases that shocked the world and previously unreleased footage, Reportage Without Frontiers provides the answers in a four-episode special broadcast.
A REALITY FOR GUANTANAMO
The American government claims that interrogation methods used in Guantanamo Bay – such as prolonged and painful stress positions, sleep deprivation, removal of clothing, exposure to extremes of temperature, and the use of mild non-injurious physical contact - do not consist torture. But is there such a thing as mild torture?
British Channel 4 tried to provide an answer to this question, by finding seven volunteers who agreed to submit themselves to some of the techniques used in Guantanamo, in an East London warehouse, complete with cages, interrogation rooms and surveillance equipment. The interrogating team consisted of experienced former US military interrogators, while some of the volunteers were true supporters of the Guantanamo regime. What did they have to say after the experiment was over and how many of them managed to endure a test that only lasted 48 hours and was rather mild compared to the "American gulag" reality?