A British reality program filmed in an east London warehouse decked out to resemble a Cuban internment camp and showing seven volunteer men being stripped naked, sworn at, and physically and sexually abused by US military interrogators has been condemned by human rights groups. Um, why? Torture: The Guantanamo Guidebook, a Channel 4 production, comes hot – some might say too hot – on the heels of the channel’s live exorcism last week. In the mock camp, the men are cruelly deprived of sleep, kept cold, and their religious beliefs ridiculed. They are not treated well at all. We can’t wait for the inevitable US copycat version. Oh, wait, we have America’s Next Top Model.
Several of the men – who include a martial arts champion, “Britain’s fittest fireman” and a triathlete – became ill during the 48 hours of ill-treatment – called “torture-lite” by the US authorities. One man fell ill with hypothermia, another wet himself, and others suffered cramps, hallucinations and vomiting.
Ahh, that last part sounds like our weekends. Medical groups have called the show “grossly distasteful,” but we say where do we sign up? (The Independent)