Summary: Taxi to the Darkside, the latest prize-winning documentary from Oscar-nominee Alex Gibney, confirms his standing as one of the foremost non-fiction filmmakers working today. Dilawar, the young Afghan taxi driver, and my father, a Navy interrogator who urged me to make this film because of his fury about what was being done to the rule of law. Despite efforts by the Obama Administration to shut the facility down, the complexities of the issue have proved to be a hindrance to achieving that goal. Thought provoking and comprehensive treatment of a complicated set of issues. They did not have clear rules or guidelines to follow. Five days later, the man was dead.
The film looks at the issue through the case of an Afghani taxi driver named Dilawar who died from treatment he received while in U. One sergeant recalls being told by his superiors that the prisoners were less than dogs, making them seem subhuman. What emerges from these shocking confessions is a picture of willful neglect on the part of military command. All of the techniques that were used were never officially approved but were on lists of techniques to use that circulated among detention facilities worldwide. The death certificate was in English. Moazzam Begg, a British citizen, was one such person. Our Response is a well-made film and makes the viewer think about one of the biggest moral questions of the War on Terror.
One intelligence expert explains how a typical rapport building session goes. Begg was seized in Pakistan during February 2002, transported to Bagram, where he was held for almost a year, and then moved to Guantánamo. 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. Many detainees cannot be simply sent back to their home country as they would be treated poorly. However, the information presented only tells one side of the story and anyone looking for the whole picture will have to find that information elsewhere. A small point made in the documentary bears some thought. They seem sorry, sobered, and confused.
Ironically the use of torture is putting millions at risk rather than making them safer. The family did not know the listed cause of death until a reporter read it to them. The film covered the United States' recent torture of civilian population in the Afghanistan and Iraq areas as well as the Guantanamo Bay detainees. Five days later, the man was dead. Only one officer was charged in the entire case and those charges were later dismissed. The film also piles the blame almost solely on the Bush Administration. Two and a half years after the first detainee went to Guantanamo Bay, the Supreme Court ruled that detainees have a right to challenge their detention.
He was eventually released from Guantánamo and repatriated to Britain in January 2005. A stunning inquiry into the suspicious death of an Afghani taxi driver at Bagram air base in 2002, the film is a fastidiously assembled, uncommonly well-researched Taxi to the Darkside, the latest prize-winning documentary from Oscar-nominee Alex Gibney, confirms his standing as one of the foremost non-fiction filmmakers working today. Taxi to the Dark Side proceeds to interview soldiers who were responsible for the treatment and torture of detainees at the Bagram detention center. Dilawar, who earned a living by driving a taxi for his remote Pakistani village, disappeared in 2002. This truly is a Must-See film, even if it is a documentary. 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? Advertisement Gibney widens the net to include the illegal detainees at Guantanamo, most of whom have never been charged with any crime.
A subsequent autopsy revealed, however, that his legs had been reduced a pulp and that even if he had survived, it would have been necessary to amputate them. Taxi to the Dark Side starts out by discussing the case of a Muslim taxi driver named Daliwar. Ninety-three percent are turned over to the U. We reap what we sow, and the chickens will come home to roost. Five days after he was brought to Bagram, Dilawar was found unconscious in his cell.
See this movie, and you tell me. And now the people have seen it in action, not merely read about it in news reports. The film carries the message that torture is an unacceptable practice and that the U. 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. The thing is, he states, the life of the person detained is over. It will certainly confirm your worst fears.
Experts such as lawyers, military personnel, and psychologists appear in the documentary, explaining how torture came to be the norm and how the Geneva Conventions were ignored. By some accounts, 95% of detainees were handed over by our allies. On December 5 th 2002 this is where Dilawar was brought. Soldiers asked, repeatedly, for commands to be issued. That Americans would still condone torture in large numbers is shocking to me and a profoundly depressing realization. We have betrayed this and continue to do so. When Gaul asked General McNeill if prisoners had received any blunt force trauma, he answered that he had no information indicating that.