March 6, 2014
Taxi to the Dark Side: Torture and Death
Taxi to the dark side was written off of the fury of Alex Gibney towards the George W. Bush administration on torture, mainly the story of a young, innocent Arabic taxi driver who was subjected to torture and was killed under US military custody due to torture tactics even though the young Arabic was not charged with any crime or was affiliated with the Taliban or Al Qaeda. US military interrogators were interviewed and told their stories of the horrific events that took place in Bagram, Afghanistan.
Taxi to the Dark Side opens with an Arabic man who explains the murder of Dilawar, his 22-year-old son. They live in a small village of Yakubi in Afghanistan, which is surrounded by US military forces at Bagram. One day Dilawar and three of his passengers were captured by the US military soldiers who falsely accused the men of attacking Camp Salerno.
Five days after being handed over to American forces at Bagram Prison, Dilawar was subjected to torture and was killed by US Army interrogators who shackled him to the ceiling and deprived him of sleep and ruthlessly beat him. The initial official military report claimed that Dilawar had died of “natural causes”. 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.
After American journalists exposed Dilawar’s murder, the US military and the Bush administration employed its “bad apples” defence, simply blaming the soldiers immediately involved. The documentary demolishes this claim. Using interviews with the interrogators and other primary sources, it establishes irrefutably that the main responsibility for this and other war crimes lies with the US military high command and the Bush administration. Bush states in a press conference about the Geneva Convention that it states, “There will not be an outrageous upon human dignity.” This is simply the Bush Administration saving their own butt by saying it was military officials fault and that those individuals will be brought to justice.
Taxi to the Dark Side details how the illegal methods at Bagram were applied at the Guantánamo Bay internment camp and then Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Captain Carolyn Wood, the officer who at the time was in charge of interrogations at the Bagram base and was awarded the Bronze Star for valor and dispatched to help establish the brutal and sadistic system at Abu Ghraib.
Rear Admiral John Hutson explains in the documentary: “What starts at the top of the chain of command drops like a rock down the chain of command, and that’s why Lynndie England knew what Donald Rumsfeld was...