Wednesday, 4 February, 2009
Jeremy Paxman presents this evening. Here's Peter Marshall with details of what is coming up in the programme:
Tonight we are looking at torture and the War on Terror. Jeremy will be interviewing Alberto Gonzales, who was President Bush's White House lawyer and who told the president that parts of the Geneva Convention were quaint and obsolete. No doubt he'll be asked whether he accepts responsibility for water-boarding and detainees being paraded naked on dog leads etc, all the horrors of what were quaintly termed "enhanced interrogation techniques".
It is also four years since I broke the alarming story of Binyam Mohamed, the London student who was sent by the CIA from Pakistan to Morocco for eighteen months of "enhanced interrogation" (he says they took a razor to his genitals). Today David Davis in the Commons demanded an explanation of what the British Government knows about his apparent torture. We have reported several times the claim that MI5 supplied information used by Binyam's interrogators. Today High Court judges suggested America has warned the British government to keep shtum, or else they'd break intelligence links. It's a murky business.
Join us in the thick of it at 10.30pm.