33. Kill Team: Could you be trained to kill on command?

33. Kill Team: Could you be trained to kill on command?

By BBC Radio 5 Live

A group of American soldiers sought out and murdered three civilians in Afghanistan. How did this happen? Was it the work of a rogue platoon or is it part of a larger issue?

On this episode of Bad People, Dr. Julia Shaw and comedian Sofie Hagen discuss how soldiers are trained to kill and what counts as murder at war. How do we distinguish between a successful battlefield kill and an unlawful murder?

This episode includes audio from a documentary made by F/8 filmworks, and directed by Dan Krauss, called The Kill team.

Warning: This episode contains strong language and descriptions of violence


Presenters: Dr Julia Shaw and Sofie Hagen Producer: Louisa Field Assistant Producer: Simona Rata Music: Matt Chandler Editor: Rami Tzabar Academic Consultants for The Open University: Lara Frumkin and James Munro Commissioning Assistant Producer: Adam Eland Commissioning Executive: Dylan Haskin

Bad People is produced in partnership with The Open University and is a BBC Audio Science Production for BBC Sounds.


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