Alex Massie

If you only see one documentary this year...

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Public Service Announcement: the news that the CIA has taken to destroying videotape of its interrogations depresses but does not surprise. It also reminds me that you really ought to see Alex Gibney's new documentary Taxi to the Dark Side when it is released in January.

It's a dispiriting, devastating indictment of the Bush administration's detention and torture policies that have done so much* to destroy the United States' reputation around the world (as well as, of course, increasing the dangers faced by captured US servicemen). Anyway, loony tunes conservatives will be able to ask why the Academy Hates America whe the movie is, as I'd bet it will be, nominated for a Best Documentary Oscar.

Steve Clemons hosted a screening earlier this week and has more here.

*And, I'm afraid, deservedly so. Almost as sadly, I guess these policies remain more popular than folk in Washington like to think. Remember Mitt Romney's pledge to "double Guantanamo" is intended - and received - as an applause line.

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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