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½ January 1, 2016
Sjokkerende og noeyansert om ignorante mennesker som er offere i et stoerre militaerpolitisk prosjekt.
TheDudeLebowski65
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½ August 19, 2012
This is a stellar documentary about the infamous Abu Ghraib Prisoner abuse scandal. With interviews done with the people who where there, witnessed the events and participating in the extreme interrogation techniques used by the military in Iraq, this is a chilling portrait into the ordeal. Brilliantly directed, this documentary goes deep into bringing these interrogation techniques to light. We get to see soldiers tell their story at how they were once trying to serve their country to being told that these interrogation techniques which were no more than humiliating the prisoners to get information. In doing that they got dishonorably discharged from the military, created one of the most infamous Scandals involving the U.S military and made the situation in Iraq much more fragile. I have no sympathy for the soldiers who committed the acts, and disgraced the military. The film is definitely worth seeing this is a compelling story behind what happened at the prison. The film is shocking but is also a must see. I really liked the film, thought it was insightful, but also very hard to watch due to the nature of the scandal. Rory Kennedy does a great job here, and I thought it was a very well made documentary. The film does ask important questions, and it shows how some politicians are crooked in their means of treating prisoners of war.
June 27, 2012
We wonder what and how can the United States government be bought to a halt, when it comes to doing what they did at the prison?? The real terrorists sat at the top of the government, and are Scot
-free today..
November 4, 2011
Fascinating. Tying the incidents at Abu Ghraib to the Milgram experiment puts the situation into context.
March 17, 2010
Discusting how people can do such things...
½ January 21, 2010
Absolutely chilling.
September 18, 2009
This film seems to let the implicated soldiers off lightly by allowing them to plead their cases of temporary insanity. Despite this, the documentary remains incisive and horrifying; an important expose on America's military tactics.
September 8, 2009
it's despicable that we've persecuted michael vick more than the military brass who ordered this torture of iraqi "dissidents." with the footage of the milgram experiments, you do kinda feel a little more for the individuals directly involved with the abuses, that they too were victims themselves. this doc does a nice job of discussing the events without sensationalizing them.
February 14, 2009
Disturbing. Depressing. What happens when decisions made by those in power were denied and the evil in human manifested.
February 2, 2009
A disturbing look in what war can do to humans and how the chain of command ignored the torture happening in the prison.
½ November 17, 2008
very dark but captivating. a must see if you want to have an idea of how the Iraq war is progressing.
November 12, 2008
This HBO documentary is an interesting depiction of the impact of the U.S. military's interrogation tactics on the interrogators and of the direction and cover up of the tactics by military command. This documentary also includes photographic images not included in other media, as well as information regarding the destruction of other evidence by the U.S. CID.
November 2, 2008
It's unfortunate that the information presented here is no longer "shocking" to most of us. I find many of the interviews to be highly disturbing, and the photos are hard to stomach no matter how many times you've seen them.
October 18, 2008
it's a sorry state of affairs when one isn't that surprised of the allegations made in this doc which finger the bush administration for systemic violation of the geneva convention and the employment of torture during interrogations.
½ August 20, 2008
Raw. Us humans are clearly animals with anger issues.
August 13, 2008
A very unique and brilliant documentary! By showcasing and making a comparison with the famous Stanley Milgram's experiment about obedience, director Rory Kennedy brings us a very compelling narrative as to why the Abu Ghraib tortures, murders and human rights violations occur. This remarkable documentary also shows for the first time in-depth and very objective interviews with some of the prison torturers, men and women in their late twenties, as well as narratives from the former Afghan detainees. A very rare feature of modern documentaries. The torturers' interviews suggest psychopathic behavior and a clear lack of remorse or mercy for their former detainees. These soldiers are clearly rotten and it is highly disturbing to see not only the behaviors that they engaged in while violating other human beings' integrity but also the squalid and light punishment they received back in the United States. The documentary provides incontrovertible evidence about who ordered the tortures and the lack of accountability that exists in some upper echelons of the current US administration, despite of their systematic implementation of torture and their flagrant violation of the Geneva convention. The audience will become more cynic and helpless after watching this masterpiece. One of the best works in non-fiction of 2007! Don't miss it!
August 10, 2008
ok documentary. not really that shocked that any country, even the US, would use these tactics during a war. of course the higher ups are to be blamed, but like any other time who's gonna stop them?
½ July 20, 2008
"There's no such thing as a little bit of torture..." This is a horrifying portrait of the ways in which power corrupts people. The documentary uses Stanley Milgram's psychological study, about which he wrote in his article, "The Perils of Obedience," as the point of departure. Milgram hired people to come in and supposedly deliver electric shocks to participants in another room to see the impact of the shocks. What the lever-pushers didn't know was that the people they were purportedly shocking were actually actors being told to scream each time they pressed the lever. The real goal of the experiment was to see how far the lever-pushers would go despite the screaming and loud complaining of the people they believed to be receiving the shocks. The results showed that nearly 100% of the shockers delivered the maximum shock simply because they were instructed to do so by the guys running the experiment. Milgram's experiment seems to have been brought vividly to life in Abu Ghraib. What this documentary shows is the ways that officers when instructed by the president, Donald Rumsfield, and the chain of command, to use whatever means necessary to extract confessions (no matter how wrong or immoral) did exactly that and then some. And, not only did they do it, they took pictures of it, and apparently enjoyed it. What this kind of chilling portrait says about democracy, the Bush administration, the reality of Fascism, and the "truth" behind this "war on terror," I will leave to you to decide. But, be forewarned, you might hold a different view than you thought you would by the end of the documentary.
½ July 8, 2008
Good documentary. Nothing exceptional, but Kennedy does a good job of hammering home her key point: the administration is ultimately responsible for this mess. The stories and footage are gripping and despairing as would be expected. Hearing from some of the soldiers who were directly involved - i.e., the "rogue few" who were solely responsible for this debacle, according to the administration - added an interesting psychological element to the story.

As tempting as it is to turn this review into a political missive, I'll resist doing so more than I have. After this: It's truly astounding to hear John Yoo speak. As with his written material, it's as if he occupies a world all his own (except, unfortunately, many have joined him in this faraway place) - one that blends fantasy and reality legal doctrine with seamless ease. And the documentary didn't even capture a fraction of the fun: we hear nothing, for example, about Yoo's infamous thoughts on the unitary executive or the fourth amendment. Kennedy's documentary wasn't the place for this stuff, of course, but I just can't resist. Maybe someone should make a documentary - you know, one of these "can you f-in believe these people?!" types - about conservative political thought and the war(s). Ah, yes, I know - it's called the New York Times.
½ July 5, 2008
A disturbing -- but necessary -- look at the slippery slope created when the most basic of human ethics are compromised, especially if a senior government authority is condoning such actions. Abu Ghraib represents one of the darkest chapters in American history and it is important to realize the wide-reaching scale of the abuses and the consequences of such actions in the world sphere and to our own national conscience.
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