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Errol Morris examines the incidents of abuse and torture of suspected terrorists at the hands of U.S. forces at the Abu Ghraib prison.

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Ken Davis ...
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Anthony Diaz ...
Himself - Former MP
Tim Dugan ...
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Lynndie England ...
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Himself - Former MP
Sabrina Harman ...
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Janis Karpinski ...
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Roman Krol ...
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Brent Pack ...
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Jeremy Sivits ...
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Military Police (as Chris Bradley)
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Errol Morris examines the incidents of abuse and torture of suspected terrorists at the hands of U.S. forces at the Abu Ghraib prison.

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I wouldn't recommend a vacation to Iraq anytime soon See more »

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Rated R for disturbing images and content involving torture and graphic nudity, and for language | See all certifications »

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29 May 2008 (Germany)  »

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S.O.P.: Standard Operating Procedure  »

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$14,108 (USA) (25 April 2008)

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$228,830 (USA) (25 July 2008)
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First documentary ever to be nominated for the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival (2008). See more »

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Tim Dugan, civilian interrogator (as himself): You gotta consider yourself dead, and if you come back, you're just a lucky bastard, you know. But if you're there, and you consider yourself already dead, you can do all the shit you have to do. I wouldn't recommend a vacation to Iraq anytime soon.
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The stink of war
22 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As someone who spent the majority of his adult life in the military, this documentary was especially disturbing.

It's not as it there is anything new here. I saw Ghosts of Abu Ghraib, a better picture, and I am sure that I will see some of this again in Taxi to the Dark Side, or at least I am told I will. It is not that this is new or surprising, but that it needs to be seen and remembered as much as the Holocaust.

That is not to say the murder of six million Jews stands equal to the abuses by our soldiers in Iraq, but that we need to remember this and make sure that we do everything we can to prevent it from happening again.

The professionals will tell you that there is no useful information that can be obtained from tortured prisoners. They will say anything to make you quit. So, there is no excuse for what happened here. It was just people reverting to their animal instincts.

The biggest shame, of course, if that no one above the rank of SSgt went to prison. That is just the way it happens. The troops are scapegoated and the officers are reassigned.

The method used by director Errol Morris in telling this story was unique and really added to the film. It needs to be seen by everyone.


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