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Taxi to the Dark Side

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Taxi To the Dark Side (2007)

Taxi to the Dark Side
by Jasmin Ramsey, P U L S E

(This review first appeared on

“We’ll have to work … the dark side, if you will. We’ve got to spend time in the shadows … A lot of what needs to be done here will have to be done quietly, without any discussion … it’s going to be vital for us to use any means at our disposal basically, to achieve our objectives.”

These were the words of former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, during a Meet the Press interview with Tim Russert five days after the September 11 attacks of 2001.

Acknowledging Cheney’s words as a telling precursor to America’s self-serving and calamitous ‘War on Terror,’ Alex Gibney’s 2007 documentary Taxi to the Dark Side provides viewers with a glimpse of what the ‘dark side’ of the Bush administration’s tactics and policies entailed for detainees who had been apprehended by U.S. military forces.

Taxi to the Dark Side

Get the DVD: Taxi To the Dark Side

(2007 Academy Award Winner: Best Documentary)

See also: A ride through America’s Dark Side

Review: Taxi to the Dark Side centers on the murder of Afghan taxi driver “Dilawar,” who was tortured to death by US prison guards at “Bagram Collection Point” detention center in December of 2002.

I was leery of watching this harsh, gritty film for a long time. Now, having done so, I am astounded that the “Academy” gave it their highest award, as they had previously not been so daring and outright political in their choices. Taxi to the Dark Side is unflinching, for the most part, in its indictment of Rumsfeld’s and Cheney’s tyrannical rule and war crimes. They did get away with command responsibility for torture, murder and other atrocities. This is not glossed over, and it prompts the viewer to demand justice now.

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