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March 2006

Frontline: The Torture Question
PBS documentary's companion Web site includes TG.
Grade Level: 9-12

This site is the companion site to the PBS Frontline documentary, The Torture Question. It explores "How far should the United States be willing to go to protect itself?" in the war on terror. Included is video of the full program, teacher's guide and other resources.
The site is well organized and resources are easily located. The main page lists links to all the areas of the site. Internal pages have a top navigation bar for moving between the sections. Real Player, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Windows Media Player are required.

No matter which side of this issue you come down on, everyone is sure to find this site intriguing and certainly teachers and students will find information to spark vigorous debate in the classroom. Visitors to the site can view (online) the full video of this program that "traces the aggressive development of the administration's interrogation policy in the aftermath of 9/11, where the push for "actionable intelligence" led to authorization for interrogators to strip detainees, degrade prisoners with sexual humiliation techniques and use dogs for intimidation." A teacher's guide with discussion questions and suggestions is provided that can be used with or without students viewing the film. In the Behind the Wire area, users are taken on a video tour of the security facilities at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and provided a slideshow of Abu Ghraib Prison in Iraq. Included is background information, interviews, the opinions of legal experts, an analysis of what caused Abu Ghraib, Frequently Asked Questions, links for further exploration, and more.



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