Be ready for disturbing images that include nudity and torture. Taking this case as a jumping-off point, the film examines wider claims of torture that occurred at bases like Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay during the Bush administration. Building rapport is a much more successful technique to extract legitimate information. This use of torture only creates future terrorists as it outrages Arabs and Muslims as well as those who experience it. At the prison detainees would be shackled to the ceiling and forced to stand for long periods of time.
After a belated investigation, a few U. In her testimony for the abuse investigations, Captain Woods said that she felt pressured to produce intelligence and that led her to use dogs, nudity, stress positions, and other unauthorized techniques in order to get that information. None of them have been brought to trial. Then what do we stand for? Thought provoking and comprehensive treatment of a complicated set of issues. Little meaningful research that addresses the costs, benefits, and effectiveness of various interrogation practices has been undertaken, making it impossible to give definitive statements on their effectiveness.
However, there has never been a case in which a detainee has information on an imminent attack. And by allies, I mean Afghani warlords and Pakistani authorities. Many speakers lament the loss of American ideals in pursuit of security. The film would have done well to address this lack of research and mention some alternatives to the practices it condemns. If we are fighting the War on Terror to preserve America and its principles, but doing so violates our principles, what is the point of the war? Cheney was one of the strongest proponents in the administration of harsher interrogation techniques.
One intelligence expert explains how a typical rapport building session goes. In all that time, as a species it appears we have not advanced so very far after all. The thing is, he states, the life of the person detained is over. Every source has limitations and biases. This was an excellent documentary. Is this what he meant? The medical examiner claimed the driver died from excessive physical abuse.
At the time Dilawar was believed to be the triggerman in a rocket attack. An autopsy showed that his legs were so badly mauled, they would have had to be amputated, had he lived. For the record, I'm not advocating sending suspected terrorists to Club Med and I'm all for the death penalty for those who commit crimes against humanity. But in fact, most of the people who have called Guantanamo home have been people that our allies have handed over to us, not people that we captured. Basically, they were given medals and placed in charge of another prison: Abu Ghraib in Iraq. We reap what we sow, and the chickens will come home to roost.
They did not follow field manuals. At the end of the documentary, we learn that these soldiers were eventually made scapegoats, tried, and in many cases convicted of torture. There are moments when Taxi to the Dark Side overreaches, spreading its narrative too thin and covering topics already discussed in other documentaries. Ironically the use of torture is putting millions at risk rather than making them safer. By other accounts, this number is only 93%.
Dilawar had no rights, no hearing, no trial. Without these rules and freedoms, such as habeas corpus, which states that we cannot be detained indefinitely without a hearing, what are we? Daliwar was arrested shortly after the invasion of Afghanistan on suspicion of helping plan a mortar attack on American forces. Back home, the White House and the Pentagon tacitly encouraged the use of extreme torture, while publicly denouncing it, paving the way for those in charge to deny any link to what would inevitably happen. He was eventually released from Guantánamo and repatriated to Britain in January 2005. Female interrogators also would touch detainees in order to make them uncomfortable.
The director even seems to try and absolve the soldiers who carried out the actual acts in certain parts of the film. It is also nearly impossible to convince any American community to take former detainees, considering the amount of fear mongering prevalent in the media and blog sphere. See this movie, and you tell me. And he includes never before seen photos and images of torture at work. Some of the innocent detainees have proven hard to release since few countries want to take them. Sensory depravation was used because it was found to be particularly effective during studies in the 60s and 70s. The film also piles the blame almost solely on the Bush Administration.
Graphic pictures and short videos show the torture. Soldiers, their attorneys, one released detainee, U. Taxi to the Dark Side starts out by discussing the case of a Muslim taxi driver named Daliwar. Director: Genres: Keywords: , , , ,. How many detainees have been there for years or decades because someone had a grudge against them back in Afghan or as one person mentioned, someone wanted their poppy field and turned them in in order to gain possession of the land? Begg is interviewed throughout the documentary.