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Taxi to the Dark Side

(DVD - 2008)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Taxi to the Dark Side
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Investigates the torture and killing of an innocent Afghani taxi driver in a gripping probe into reckless abuses of government power. This stunningly crafted narrative demonstrates how one man's life and death symbolizes the erosion of our civil rights.
Publisher: [Chatsworth, CA] : Distributed by Image Entertainment, [2008]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 106 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.

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Jul 16, 2013
  • BlueHippo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Nazi's don't have anything on us. This is shameful.

Dec 24, 2012
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“Taxi to the Dark Side” supplements info found in the books “The Black Banners,” “Ghost Plane,” and “The Dark Side,” all books that describe the descent of America from a country that derides torture to a country that applauds torture. The tape indicates that a recent poll indicates that 35% of Americans now believe that torture is OK. Now some people have authoritarian personalities, so some people are naturally going to believe in torture. And some people come from totalitarian societies, so they naturally believe that torture is just a part of man’s nature. But 35%??? This is a sad state that our country has been brought to by Cheney, Rumsfield and subordinates like John Woo. The film reiterates that the torture techniques so famous as filmed in Abu Ghraib, migrated from Bagram and GITMO like a deadly virus. It was not some new phenomenon devised by privates and other low level soldiers, but a secret plan by Cheney and Rumsfeld to help get testimony (albeit, false) that Saddam Hussein was involved in 9/11 so that they could convince Americans that we needed to invade Iraq. Sad to say, that several men were killed by Americans in these prisons, and many, many have committed suicide rather than live like animals for years for nothing that they have ever been done. For some, their only crime is to be able to spill the beans the crimes that the prisons are committing in the name of Americans.

Sep 11, 2012
  • akirakato rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This 2007 documentary film tells you that the US government (Vice President Dick Cheney and Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in particular) abuse the government power in the case of the torture and killing of an innocent Afghani taxi driver named Dilawar as well as the cases of other detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.
Beware of some stunning and disgusting scenes at the detention camp as well as the CIA's use of torture and their research into sensory deprivation.
All the abuses are against the standards of the Geneva Convention.

Jan 19, 2011
  • NanaPat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Printed on the cover is a comment by A.O. Scott from the New York Times . It reads :
"Powerful! It will stand as an important historical record."
Might I add : and hopefully a lesson .

The grit of this film includes the fact that as human beings we are at base animals and given power over others, without clear restrictions, we revert to behaviour of mental savagery and physical brutality that should only exhist in the wild.

Torture. That's what this docu is about. Ghastly. We did that!?

May 23, 2010
  • edul rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This documentary was shocking when it came out but by now much of it seems like old news.

Jan 25, 2009
  • joseph rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Good - Taxi to the Dark Side (2007) 106 min. This picure won Best Documentary in the 2008 Oscars. This film traces the horrific abuse of an Afgani citizen suspected of being a terrorist and held by American forces in Afghanistan. Then it demonstrates the in-humane treatment of detainees in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay by the U.S.; the same people fighting for freedoms and rights. It is not for the faint of heart - graphic images of torture are depicted in this film to really make you understand the gravity of the situation. No wonder President Obama's first act was to abolish the interrogation practices at Guantanamo Bay. All I kept saying to myself as I was watching this picture was "May God have mercy on our souls". To think that one of the reasons for the American Revolution was to fight the king's idict of detaining suspected criminals against the throne without a hearing and here they are - doing exactly the same thing. I kept thinking of Nazi Germany - haven't any of these young soldiers learned anything from the atrocities laid on innocent Jewish civilians? Apparently not. Again, tough movie to watch but something you need to be aware of. When Obama mentioned Guantanomo Bay, it really didn't mean much - it did after
"witnessing" the carnage inflicted on our fellow man; guilty or innocent..

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