With the onset of autumn’s dark evenings, Netflix returns to our house. Last night we watched “Taxi to the Dark Side” (2007), the Oscar-winning documentary that takes an in-depth look at the torture practices of the
I’m transcribing a few relevant paragraphs from one of the closing chapters:
Lawrence Wilkerson, US Army colonel, retired: “In a legal sense I think [the Bush administration] wanted to discard the Constitution and they wanted to write a new one. But you can’t do that, so what you do is you throw a new interpretation on the old one. And the new interpretation is, the Executive, in wartime, and perhaps this war is gonna last forever, is all-powerful.”
Congress gave the President most of what he wanted. He would agree to abide by the Geneva Conventions. So long as he could define their meaning and application. A few detainees at
Jack Cafferty: “Buried deep inside this legislation is a provision that will pardon President Bush and all the members of his administration of any possible crimes connected with the torture and mistreatment of detainees dated all the way back to September 11, 2001. At least President Nixon had Gerald Ford to do his dirty work. President Bush is trying to pardon himself.”
The pardon did not extend to frontline soldiers.
This movie will appear on HBO this month: tonight at , Oct. 9 at , & Oct. 16 at .
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We cannot chant "USA, USA" and not know what our country is doing in our names around the world.