The Guantanamo Trap

Meet three people with very different life stories who are all tied together by their connections to allegations of torture at the U.S. Military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. And we speak with the director of the documentary, The Guantanamo Trap about the surprising absence of clear-cut heroes and villains.


The Guantanamo Trap

We started this segment with a clip from Diane Beaver, now a retired lawyer who was a Lt. Col. and legal advisor in the U.S. Army's Judge Advocate General Corps. And she's speaking about the prisoners she saw while working at the U.S. Military Prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and the dark days after 9/11 and the pressure she and others say they felt to get those prisoners to talk.

Diane Beaver made international headlines when a memo she wrote in 2002 became public. It became known as "the torture memo" and in it, she itemized a list of "enhanced" interrogation techniques she deemed legal for use at Guantanamo Bay ... everything from sensory deprivation to water-boarding.

Diane Beaver is one of four people profiled in the new documentary called The Guantanamo Trap. Thomas Wallner co-wrote and directed the documentary and he was in our Toronto studio. Gonzalo Boye is a Spanish prosecutor who is leading a case against the Bush administration for unlawful detention and war crimes. He is also one of the people profiled in the film.

The Guantanamo Trap will debut at this year's Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto.

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