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Errol Morris on Abu Ghraib

Errol Morris

"A major problem [about the Abu Ghraib story] is that few people have been willing to look past the photographs into the reality of Abu Ghraib. Sabrina Harman was not involved in al-Jamadi’s death. I know this from hundreds of documents and sources. Someone in a blog wrote: “Who cares about these people?” Quite simply, I care. In learning about Sabrina Harman and the death of al-Jamadi, we can learn more about Abu Ghraib. I believe that the failure to prosecute any C.I.A. personnel for the death of al-Jamadi may lead to the highest echelons of the government. Investigating small things can often teach us about the big things that stand behind them."
-- Errol Morris, New York Times, May, 19, 2008

Errol Morris has recently released a documentary of Abu Ghraib, based on the thousands of snap shots taken by those involved. Yesterday he published an essay in the New York Times, called The Most Curious Thing, on one murder that happened at Abu Ghraib, and the photographic record that was kept of it. It's a long, hard read, but worth it for anyone interested in how the truth works. It would make good background material for a seminar or discussion with Donald Rumsfeld, when he visits the Hoover Institution, in his capacity as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow.

The book version of the documentary, Standard operating procedure, is on order in the Law Library. The film is currently in theaters and the video will be released later in the year. We also have several books, other videos, and government documents dealing with the subject of Abu Ghraib Prison .

September 11 Photo Exhibit in Green

Visitors to Green Library often stop to look at the “disturbingly beautiful” photographs on display in the main corridor connecting the Bing Wing and the East Wing of the library.

The photographs in the exhibit depict the events of September 11, 2001, in New York city; they are the work of both amateur and professional photographers. The exhibit was a gift from Peter and Helen Bing, long time supporters of Stanford and the Stanford libraries. For a close-up view of the individual photographs, please see our on-line slideshow.

Stanford’s collections include hundreds of books, government documents, and Internet resources on the subject of September 11, including 4 books specifically about art exhibits related to the September 11 events.

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