An examination of the prisoner abuse scandal involving U.S. soldiers and detainees at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison in the fall of 2003.

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Examines the abuse, torture, and murder of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison at the hands of U.S. military police in the fall of 2003 and debunks the "bad apples" theory. The film asks: how can decent young soldiers take these actions, and, what orders came from the chain of command. The filmmaker interviews former detainees, soldiers, and MPs involved in photographed degradation. He references Dr. Stanley Milgrim's early 60's experiments. The film also traces memoranda from Secretary Rumsfeld, General Sanchez, and the U.S. Department of Justice allowing various interrogation methods along with a 2003 visit to Abu Ghraib by General Miller, who had been running Guantanimo. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The Chilling Firsthand Account of Iraq's Most Notorious Prison


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[Screen Text]: In 1961, and experiment was conducted by Dr. Stanly Milgram a psychologist at Yale University.
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[Screen Text]: Participants responded to a newspaper advertisement.
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[Screen Text]: The purpose of their 'obedience study" was to observe an individual's willingness to inflict pain when ordered to do so.
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[Screen Text]: The participants did not know that the "victim" was an actor and that the shocks were not real.
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Research Subject #2: ...who's going to take responsibility if anything happens to him?
Researcher: I'm going to take responsibility. Please ...
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This is a MUST SEE Film!!!
22 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After seeing this film at Sundance 07 all I can say is, Wow! Rory Kennedy directs a stunning documentary that examines the horrors and human atrocities of the notorious Abu Ghraib prison. The interviews with the US Soldiers involved and the Iraqi victims will leave the view speechless as we are left to ponder how could such things happen. What would make ordinary Americans do such terrible things to another person? How can the United States hold itself out as a beacon of freedom condone this type of treatment.

Ms. Kennedy does a phenomenal job of exploring this tragedy and looking for whom is accountable, all the way up to the President of the United Stated.

This film is a must see!!


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