STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE: THE SCANDAL WAS A COVERUP -- ILLUSTRATED SCREENPLAY & SCREENCAP GALLERY
You're afraid to look Janis Karpinski in the eye?
I got a letter ten days later from his office relieving me from command of the 800th MP Brigade.
JEREMY SIVITS, SPECIALIST MILITARY POLICE] My name was a good name in the military until I did what I did. My uncle died in Vietnam 13 years to the day when I was born. My dad has two bronze stars for valor [LC-1] from Vietnam. My grandfather's got a bronze star from Vietnam. And then I come along and get involved in that? That just put that name in the mud.
[MEGAN AMBUHL GRANER, SPECIALIST MILITARY POLICE] You're taught from the very beginning that you have to follow your orders and if you don't, you're going to get in trouble, and if you do, obviously, you end up in trouble. You know, it's easy for retired colonels and generals and majors, whatever, to stand there and say, "Well, these people should have known an illegal order and they should have stood up to these lieutenant colonels and majors, and they should have stood up to them at the time in a war zone where, you know, lives are at stake. It's just kind of unrealistic to think that that would happen.
[JAVAL DAVIS, SERGEANT MILITARY POLICE] You were getting shelled every day, shot at every day. Detainees putting together shanks, weapons, starting riots. You know, this guy blew up like ten of my buddies. He needs to get his behind kicked. I know what I can do, and I think I know what I can't do. I think I know what I can't do. But I see these guys doing this, and I see the CIA guys coming in and doing this, you know, after a while it's like, "You know what, it's free rein. Just don't kill 'em." I was not the same person there that I am sitting in this chair, or that I was before I got there.
[SABRINA HARMAN, SPECIALIST MILITARY POLICE] I don't know what I could have done different. I could have said, "Screw you, I'm not working here," and just gone to jail for disobeying an order, I guess. I don't know. I'm sure everybody can do something different, but I just don't know what I would have done different, put in the same situation.
If I could back all the way up, I wouldn't have joined the military. That's what I would have done different. It's just not worth it. You go through all that trouble to start back where you were when you first went in, trying to get into school, trying to get ... it just wasn't worth it.
[LYNNDIE ENGLAND, PRIVATE FIRST CLASS MILITARY POLICE] I just want to go on with life. You know, get a job. Raise my son. I don't think I have a lot of choices. I can't change anything. And if I did, I wouldn't have Carter. And I wouldn't trade him for the world. So I wouldn't want to go back and change anything. It's how the world turns, aint it? People backstabbing other people. Unfairness.