Monday July 28, 2014

Caught up in the Kill Team: Adam Winfield's story

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Documentary filmmaker Dan Krauss, and former U.S. infantryman Adam Winfield join guest host Piya Chattopadhyay to talk about The Kill Team -- Krauss's award-winning documentary about a rogue group of U.S. soldiers who killed Afghan civilians for sport.

The film centres on Winfield, who tried to alert the military to the war crimes his unit was committing, but was ultimately involved in the killing of an Afghan civilian. In his first media interview about the film, Winfield reflects on the culture of the kill team, his failed attempt to blow the whistle and the illegal command that ultimately landed him a three year sentence from a military tribunal. 

"I was terrified. I didn't know what to do, I didn't know what to do at all, and I said okay, I'm going to put my head down, I'm not going to shoot this guy, I don't want to be part of this, but I'm here right now and this is happening, so I need to survive," he tells Piya, adding that every day he thinks about his decision.

Krauss also weighs in on Adam's story, arguing that there was no good choice in his particular circumstance. 

"What do you do when you're faced with a suite of choices, none of which assure you any positive outcome, and many of which could result in your death?" poses Krauss. 

"I mean, in that moment, Adam had to decide whether he was going to shoot his own men, whether he would sacrifice himself potentially - put his own life on the line to protect this other human being - these are impossible choices for any person to make, let alone a 20, 21-year-old kid in a very alien and dangerous part of the world."

Listen to the full interview by clicking on the listen button above and share your reaction to Adam story in the comments section below. 

Watch the trailer for The Kill Team in the window embedded below.