Alex Gibney (pictured above) came to speak at Pomona's commencement on Sunday. Gibney is the creator of Taxi to the Dark Side, a film in which a supposedly innocent Afghan was picked up and killed by his American interrogators.
Naturally, it's a difficult subject matter and Gibney has used it as a cudgel to beat it over the head of the Bush Administration for allowing torture or some such nonsense.
He's suggested that the U.S. and her allies use torture all over the world, without the flimsiest of proof for his assertions. He's even gone so far as to say that we need to "move away from the dark side" in our foreign policy in his Academy Award acceptance speech.
Gibney, who also produced hit documentary Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, said in his acceptance speech that his wife had wanted him to make a romantic comedy.
"But honestly after Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib and extraordinary rendition that simply wasn't possible," the film-maker said, before dedicating the film to Dilawar and his own father.
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"Let's hope we can turn this country around, move away from the dark side and go back to the light."
Funny. I thought the guys who cut off heads, use children as suicide bombers, and were the ones who murdered several thousand innocents on 9/11 were on the dark side. Guess I'm just not Academy Award winning material.