Earlier this week, a group of former army recruits came forward with allegations that they had been tortured during a military training exercise at Base Wainwright, back in 1984: crammed into a cell naked, hosed down with cold water, windows left open in minus 20 Celsius, no food, no toilets – one said he was so cold he stopped shivering and thought he was going to die of hypothermia.
I spoke to three guests this week, trying to understand whether the armed forces went too far in this case.
Royal Military College professor Christian Leuprecht, confirmed that training is meant to prepare soldiers who may find themselves captured in enemy territory.
Retired Colonel Michel Drapeau, who is representing the soldiers who made the torture allegations, explained that there is a wrong way to do it.
Former PPCLI trainer Lee Humphrey, who went through the program himself at Wainwright in 1982, and was an instructor for the course afterward, explains there is a right way to do it.
All three interviews are below: