Documentary on uses of torture to be screened March 27

Author: Melanie McDonald


The Center for Civil and Human Rights at Notre Dame Law School will screen the Academy Award-winning documentaryTaxi to the Dark Sideat 6:30 p.m. March 27 (Thursday) in the Annenberg Auditorium of the Snite Museum of Art.

Beginning with the case of an Afghan taxi driver beaten to death by U.S. soldiers at Bagram Air Base, the film examines the use of torture and other harsh techniques in the war against terror.

The film features an exchange from a debate between Douglass Cassel from Notre Dame and John Yoo, from the University of California, Berkeley, and formerly an attorney in the Office of Legal Counsel for the United States. Asked by Cassel whether the president could lawfully authorize torturing the child of a terror suspect, Yoo answered:It depends on the purpose.

Cassel, a Notre Dame Presidential Fellow and director of the Law Schools Center for Civil and Human Rights, has worked as a consultant to the United Nations, the Organization of American States, the U.S. Department of State, and the Ford Foundation, and he was legal advisor to the U.N. Truth Commission for El Salvador.

After the film, a panel discussion at 8:30 p.m. will include comments from former Army intelligence interrogator Peter Bauer; Donald Glascoff, an attorney and one of the films producers; and documentary filmmaker Jill Godmilow, professor of film, television and theatre at Notre Dame. Cassel will moderate the panel.

The event, which is co-sponsored by Notre Dames Center for Social Concerns, is free and open to the public.

_ Contact: Liz Kovacs, CCHR, 574-631-8555,_ " "

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