This is a documentary that came out in 2008 about the notorious prison Abu Ghraib. This is the prison were alot of photos were taken showing our soldiers torturing the Iraqi prisoners. The photo’s showed them being beaten, sexually abused, tormented, dogs chewing on there flesh, and soldiers with smiles and a thumbs up. This was so bad that it made the United States look bad worldwide forcing President Bush to apologize to the world.
The film has almost everyone that was charged for there misconduct in the prison. They each talk about what happened and what they had to do. They review and explain each photo of what is taken place. They explained why they were taking photos showing there abuse. They go into detail about what the rules of interrogation are about. Mostly the rules are to do one thing and that is to provide discomfort into the prisoner. When a prisoner is uncomfortable there is more of a chance for them to confess valuable information. They talked and showed in some of the photo’s of there senior officers who were not allowed to be interviewed. They each said the same thing that they wouldn’t do anything differently. They said its either torture and abuse prisoners, or defy authority and go to prison for disobeying an order. They had no choice and they got punished rather then the system. The thing that was interesting was how the army investigator used measures of trying to find out more by using the photos as a time line.
Extra Scenes- These are scenes that talk about from the prison being built and more perspective from the soldiers who were guilty.
Overall this documentary is sad and dark but great as in helping me to understand what happened. I thought it was brave for the soldiers that were convicted to sit down and do interviews. Most people wouldn’t do that because of guilt and shame. They also made me realize how broken our system is from government to military. It shows the power and destruction of what carelessness can do. It started with Bush and it spread all the way down to the soldiers. The soldiers were only doing what they were told to do.This is why there scapegoats only to cover up a system that is broken. When a system is broken that means whoever is in it are broken as well. I think Congress should put in a rule that states that you can object to an order with proper cause. This rule shouldn’t just apply to the military but everywhere else as well. It can be government, workplaces, banks and credit card companies. By implementing this rule it can help alot of people in the long run. They wouldn’t have to betray themselves for there job over doing something that is horrific and and hurtful.