Saturday, June 4, 2011

Movie Moments: #49

A Few Good Men (1992)

What better film to illustrate the above comments.

Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee defends two Marines, Privates Dawson  and Downey, charged with the murder of another Marine, Private Willie Santiago, at Guatanomo Bay.   Did the Marine die during a “Code Red”, a form of violent illegal punishment, and was the Code Red ordered by Colonel Nathan R Jessep, the base commander?

Downey:: What did we do wrong? We did nothing wrong.
Dawson:: Yeah, we did. We were supposed to fight for the people who couldn't fight for themselves. We were supposed to fight for Willie.

The original play was inspired by an actual Code Red at Guantanamo Bay. Lance Corporal David Cox and 9 other enlisted men tied up a fellow Marine and severely beat him, for snitching to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Cox was acquitted and later Honourably Discharged. In 1994, David Cox mysteriously vanished, and his bullet-riddled body was found three months later. His murder remains unsolved.


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