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Ghosts of Abu Ghraib (2007)

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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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Rory Kennedy

Writers:

Jack Youngelson, Mark Bailey (story editor)
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Israel Rivera Israel Rivera ... Himself
Megan Ambuhl Graner Megan Ambuhl Graner ... Herself
Javal Davis Javal Davis ... Himself
George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
John Yoo John Yoo ... Himself
Alberta Mora Alberta Mora ... Himself - Navy Department
Scott Horton Scott Horton ... Himself - New York Bar
Mark Danner ... Himself - Author
John Hutson John Hutson ... Himself (as Rear Adm. John Hutson)
Donald Rumsfeld ... Himself (archive footage)
Dick Cheney ... Himself (archive footage)
Ken Davis Ken Davis ... Himself - MP
Anthony Lagouranis Anthony Lagouranis ... Himself
Mohammad Talal Mohammad Talal ... Himself
Roman Krol Roman Krol ... Himself
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abu Ghraib kísértetei See more »

Filming Locations:

Turkey

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Don't be surprised - everyone hates America
3 March 2007 | by swan_brunerSee all my reviews

It is unfortunate that Americans are constantly being watched for the wrong and never credited for the right. This "documentary" disappoints me because it focuses on what some have termed harsh techniques while not highlighting the true conditions that existed.

Rumsfeld is made out to be a cold and heartless man who authorized certain "torture techniques." I am fortunate enough to have read a copy of the memo handed down from Mr. Rumsfeld and others. These techniques involved things such as forcing the detainees to eat MREs (Meals Ready to Eat), which is what our military eats on a regular basis, and adjusting the light so that the prisoners are only allowed 8 (yes 8) hours of sleep at a time. I do believe that our country should set an example, and I also believe that we have done so... in a good way for those of you who just rolled your eyes. We have set an example of strength, power and protection and that should continue. Unfortunately, there are many who live within our borders who are more concerned with what others think of them than their own safety. They apologize while their countrymen fight for their right to apologize.

I am not saying that I agree with everything that went on in the AG prison; however, I do believe that the military has proved its ability to deal with situations such as this without the help of the general public. I don't think it does America any good for our media to plaster pictures and videos of our soldiers' mistakes all over the news. Do we see other countries doing that? No! And if anyone actually believes that America is the only country with a military that makes mistakes, well, I don't even need to waste my time with that discussion.

I would like to say more, however am running out of space.

I hope that, even if you disagree with the Abu Ghraib situation, you will still support our troops who are doing their job - and they are doing a damn good job of it! It is their job after all, and Americans are notorious for giving their all no matter what it is to be accomplished.

In summary, this is yet another movie that will cause the rest of the world to laugh at us and our inability to support our own in times of crisis.

Our weakness is our separation and that is what makes us, as a country, vulnerable.


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