LIVE tonight: Philippe Sands – Torture Team


Philippe Sands, the author of Torture Team, will be in conversation with Olenka Frenkiel, a reporter, writer and documentary film-maker specialising in international investigations for BBC Television and Radio, at the Frontline Club tonight. If you can’t make it in person, please come and watch the discussion online on the Frontline Club Live Channel. We start at 7.30pm UK time Tues 23 Sept.

Philippe Sands investigates in his new book Torture Team – how the Rumsfeld Memo – a Memo signed by Donald Rumsfeld in 2002 that listed eighteen techniques of interrogation which defied international definitions of torture – set the stage for a divergence from the Geneva Convention and the Torture Convention.
The Rumsfeld Memo authorised the controversial interrogation practices that went on to be used in Guantanamo, Afghanistan, Abu Ghraib and elsewhere, as part of the policy of extraordinary rendition. From his behind-the-scenes vantage point, Phillipe Sands investigates and is able to hold the individual gatekeepers in the Bush administration to account, for their failure to safeguard international law. link

UPDATE: the video of the event has been added to this post and appears here.