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15 October 2007

Showing of HBO Documentary "Ghosts of Abu Ghraib" at McClellan

Rory Kennedy’s Emmy Award-winning HBO documentary “Ghosts of Abu Ghraib”

Friday - October 26, 2007, 6-8 PM
Silver Chapel, McClellan (Buckner Circle)
(From Highway 21, enter Baltzel Gate. Go to traffic circle and take first (sharp) right up hill to 4-way stop.)

What are the ethics “Love Your Enemy” during wartime?

Join us as we participate in this nation-wide project organized by the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) and the clergy of the Episcopal Campus Ministry at JSU.

Hundreds of congregations across the country will show the film during October 21-28. Small group discussions led by local clergy will follow. In this film, originally shown as an HBO special, director Rory Kennedy explores the peer pressure and government policies surrounding the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison, Iraq.

Viewers are encouraged to reach their own conclusions about the morality and efficacy of American use of torture through interviews with soldiers, lawyers, and psychologists. Kennedy’s depiction of this critical question in American foreign policy will give every viewer new perspectives to consider.

Following the showing of this HBO Special "Ghosts of Abu Ghraib", clergy from local churches will help us examine the question of torture in light of our various spiritual traditions and participate in a discussion of the issue. This is to be a dialogue respecting all points of view and examining the issue of torture in light of our spiritual beliefs.

This film is for mature audiences only. The film includes photographs from Abu Ghraib prison. These images – many of them containing male nudity – and some of the interviews are extremely intense.

The JSU Episcopal campus ministry have agreed to participate in the Spotlight on Torture project because they share NRCAT’s belief that “Ghosts of Abu Ghraib” will help people of faith deepen our understanding of the nature of U.S.- sponsored torture and critically examine our government’s policy.

To learn more about this national project visit the NRCAT Website: You may also contact Scott W Beckett, 256-782-5725 (days); 256-782-3033 (evenings); or

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