Errol Morris’s Smoking Gun?

The new documentary "Standard Operating Procedure" purports to show that abuse at Abu Ghraib was ordered by military higher-ups. But…

Almost five years after Abu Ghraib, the story is about to kick off another media spree: Errol Morris’s documentary “Standard Operating Procedure” is due for release on April 25, to be followed by the release of a book of the same title by Morris and Paris Review editor Philip Gourevitch. This week Morris and Gourevitch published an article in The New Yorker about Sabrina Harman, one of the soldiers convicted in the Abu Ghraib abuses. The piece repeats much of the same information in the film, though it benefits by being separated from the movie’s silly sci-fi style graphics (rows of pictures marching along through space and clicking into place as though we’re about to get a progress report on the building of the Death Star) and its heavy reliance on so much reenactment footage blurring the thin celluloid line between documentary and fiction film that you expect Robert Stack to chime in to ask us for help in solving the mystery. 

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