In this Aug. 11, 2007 file photo, blindfolded prisoners are taken for questioning at the Iraqi National Police Detention Center in the Kazimiyah neighborhood of North Baghdad, Iraq. Iraqi officials outraged by the abuse of prisoners at the U.S.-run Abu Ghraib prison are dealing with a prison scandal of their own as allegations continue to surface about years of torture and mistreatment inside Iraq's own lockups. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, File)

The Torture Question

October 18, 2005 / 1h 24m

Season 2005: Episode 1

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In the uncertain weeks following Sept. 11, an internal power struggle was underway deep inside the Bush administration. Waged between partisans at the highest levels of the government, that battle — captured in a series of blunt memos — exemplifies the struggle to create a legal framework to give the president authority to aggressively interrogate enemy fighters in the war on terror. FRONTLINE goes behind closed doors to investigate the struggle over how and when to use what was called “coercive interrogation.” [Explore more stories on the original website for The Torture Question.]