Elliot Morris's "documentary" film, "Standard Operating Procedure" opened yesterday in New York. The focus is on Abu Gharib and the soldiers who were convicted for abuse. I went late afternoon so I could write something for Commonweal, the print version.A good deal has been written by and about Morris's techniques (he also did Fog of War, a long, very long, interview with former Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara) and his policies (he has paid some of the soldiers who appear in SOP). I don't think I will recommend the movie to you, but if anyone has seen it or will see it anyway, I'd be curious to have your take on it.

Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, a former editor of Commonweal, writes frequently in these pages.

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