Did you know that the Guantanamo Bay Prison has a gift shop? I didn't. I find that really bizarre, actually. Did you know that the majority (like, over 85%) of detainees held by the U.S. government were actually not captured by the U.S. military, but delivered by our Afghan and Iraqi forces? I had actually never really thought about that before. Did you know that our allied forces get paid incentives for the men that they deliver the the U.S. military? I never really thought about this either, but I suppose it makes sense. I'm kind of embarrassed though, because when you put all these pieces together, the fact that we (the U.S.) still lacks any evidence that the majority of these Islamic prisoners have done anything wrong, also makes sense. It's because many, many of these individuals have not actually NOT done anything wrong at all. Unlike in the U.S., they are not taken to trial or considered "innocent until proven guilty." Instead, they are captured and then interrogated for information. Many were captured as part of a broad sweep in a village, farm or marketplace that was suspect. The man profiled in this documentary was driving his taxi at the wrong place at the wrong time, and was captured, along with the three men he was transporting. The taxi driver was eventually killed, by U.S. military, in prison. The passengers were eventually released after a long period of imprisonment. Personally, I do not know who is luckier... the one who died, or the ones that have to live the rest of their lives remembering the torture they sustained while at the hands of the U.S. government.
I am embarrassed that I have been buying the rhetoric put forth by our leaders. After all, I don't really like Bush, Cheney or Rumsfeld and have been disgusted by many of their other policies. I just really never thought they or the other HUMAN BEINGS (and "good, Christian human beings") that have led the war efforts were capable of such outrageous violations of human rights. I believed them when they said that the detainees that have been captured are really bad, dangerous people who probably deserve to be detained. After all, I want all the terrorists who planned 9/11 and other attacks against Americans to be captured (and, frankly, I really don't care what happens to them afterward). It brought me some peace to think that our military was making progress and capturing these thugs. I did not pay that much attention to the abuse scandals so widely covered by the press, because a part of me has always thought that if these people are terrorists, then I would rather focus my energy and attention on other issues, rather then their rights as prisoners. I was wrong.
This documentary, "Taxi to the Dark Side" won an Academy Award. I think every American needs to watch it. Americans need to wake up and realize that our nation has not acted morally in any sense. They need to learn that just because someone is brown, speaks another language, worships a different God, and wears a turban doesn't make them a terrorist and doesn't give the military free reign to humiliate them. Ask yourselves, my fellow Americans, "What Would Jesus Do?"