Standard Operating Procedure

Synopsis: Errol Morris examines the incidents of abuse and torture of suspected terrorists at the hands of U.S. forces at the Abu Ghraib prison.
Director(s): Errol Morris
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  2 wins & 18 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.5
Metacritic:
70
Rotten Tomatoes:
79%
R
Year:
2008
116 min
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It was a Charlie Foxtrot,

without a doubt.

Without a doubt.

I've never seen anything like it.

I never thought that I would

ever see American soldiers

so depressed

and morale so low,

and it was just unbelievable.

Everything about it.

You got to consider

yourself dead.

And if you come back,

you're just a lucky bastard.

You know, but if you're there and

you consider yourself already dead,

you can do all the

shit you have to do.

I wouldn't recommend a

vacation to Iraq anytime soon.

JANIS KARPINSKI:

When Saddam's sons Uday

and Qusay were killed,

there was a great deal

of information seized.

This was a key operation.

We no longer have to

worry about Uday and Qusay,

but we need to use this

information to find Saddam.

After that big event,

the Secretary of Defense came to visit us.

He wanted to see the prison.

He wanted to see the progress.

He wanted to...

Of course, every trip out there by anybody

included a trip to the torture

chambers and the hanging facility.

So we scheduled

different events.

The first stop was

Saddam's hanging chambers.

We were preparing to

continue his walking tour

and he said,

"No. I don't want to go anywhere else.

"Let some soldiers come over here

and we'll take some pictures.

"I don't need to see anything

else in the prison."

And then he left.

Enter General Miller,

the guru of interrogation and

obtaining actionable intelligence.

And he arrives the day

after Rumsfeld's visit.

He was gonna "Gitmo-ize"

the operation.

Contract interrogators,

military people that had

experience in Afghanistan

or down at Guantanamo Bay,

they all arrived

after Miller's visit.

He gives an in-brief.

He's not afraid to say,

"You have to treat

the prisoners like dogs.

"They have to know

that you are in control."

Cell block 1A

transfers to the control

of the military intelligence

brigade commander, Colonel Pappas.

Cell block 1B,

several days later,

under the control of Colonel

Pappas and away from me.

They're going to use

those cells exclusively

for higher value

security detainees.

Abu Ghraib

was becoming exactly

what General Miller said

he wanted to make it

the interrogation

center of Iraq.

SABRINA HARMAN:

"October 1, 2003. First day at the prison.

"It's 9 p.m.,

and we can hear shots.

"No white lights are

allowed to be on at night.

"No leaving the

building after dark.

"I hope we

ain't here long.

"We drove in and two

helicopters were landing,

"taking prisoners off.

"I'm scared of helicopters

because of the dream.

"The tail was swaying

back and forth.

"Then a huge flame shot

up, and it exploded.

"I have a bad feeling

about this place.

"The prison is called Abu Ghraib.

"There's a chamber where

these men were hung.

"I'm not sure about ghosts,

but it is freaky.

"I'm hoping to be home

for Christmas, or soon after.

I love you. Sabrina."

We're coming up the road,

we see this huge structure.

It's like six

football fields.

Then we seen this sign saying like,

"Fallujah," right there, next town over.

We're like, "Yo, we right in

the heart of it right now."

We get inside,

it's nothing but rubble,

blown-up buildings

from shelling,

dogs running all over

the place, burnt remains.

The stench was unbearable.

Urine, feces, body rot.

It was just disgusting.

You didn't want to touch anything.

And then we had to move

into prison cells ourselves.

You're walking around in your compound.

Next thing you know,

(IMITATES MISSILE SOUND)

Boom.

Incoming. Everyone's yelling,

"Incoming." Like, boom,

"Incoming, incoming!"

You got to run.

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