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Senators Mad ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Shows ‘Torture’

From two unquestioning reporters at The Hill:

Senators: ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ film a ‘dangerous’ mix of fact, fiction

By Carlo Muñoz and Jeremy Herb | December 19, 2012

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) says the film “Zero Dark Thirty” is a combination of “fact, fiction and Hollywood” that dangerously links the use of torture with the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Feinstein and Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Carl Levin (D-Mich.) are sending a letter to Sony Pictures, the film studio distributing the Oscar contender, to make their complaints known.

“I thought it was terrible," said Feinstein, one of a handful of lawmakers to see the film ahead of its limited release this week. “It is a combination of fact, fiction and Hollywood in a very dangerous combination.”

McCain, who was tortured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, said Tuesday that he was “sickened” by the film when he saw it, according to The Associated Press, saying the filmmakers fell hook, line and sinker for the torture storyline.

“Zero Dark Thirty,” which has already been named the film of the year by the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Board of Review, opens with an extended waterboarding scene.

It suggests controversial interrogation techniques viewed as forms of torture by many eventually helped interrogators gain information about bin Laden’s courier, which helped intelligence agencies track down the terrorist’s hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

Feinstein told The Hill the positing of a correlation between the use of waterboarding and the discovery of bin Laden’s compound was “dangerous.”

Feinstein, Levin and McCain all say that the use of enhanced interrogation did not contribute to the CIA tracking down bin Laden

Except it did. (See below.)

In the letter, which was first reported by The Hill, the senators request that the filmmakers state that the role of torture, as it’s depicted in the movie, is “not based on the facts.”

“We believe the film is grossly inaccurate and misleading in its suggestion that torture resulted in information that led to the location of Osama bin Laden,” the senators write.

“We believe that you have an obligation to state that the role of torture in the hunt for Osama Bin Laden is not based on the facts, but rather part of the film’s fictional narrative.”

The lawmakers pointed to a recent report on enhanced interrogation tactics by the Senate Intelligence Committee that they said proved the ineffectiveness of waterboarding and other measures in gaining actionable intelligence.

In fact, the perpetually wrong Feinstein and Levin were claiming that these tactics didn’t work as far back as April 2012, long before their "report" proved anything.

Feinstein’s Intelligence Committee completed the 6,000-page report last week on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program under the George W. Bush administration. The vote on the torture report, which took three years to complete, was split 9-6, with Republicans voting against adopting the report…

You see? Their own report, written by their own Democrat staffers, said that the CIA’s detention and interrogation program didn’t work. So that’s settled.

Meanwhile, we might turn to the man who was actually in charge of the program at the time for some details, via the op-ed page of the Washington Post:

The path to bin Laden’s death didn’t start with Obama

By Jose A. Rodriguez Jr., Published: April 30, 2012

This administration built on work pain­stakingly pursued for many years before Obama was elected — and without this work, Obama administration officials never would have been in a position to authorize the strike on Abbottabad, Pakistan, that resulted in bin Laden’s overdue death.

In 2004, an al-Qaeda terrorist was captured trying to communicate with Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of the terror organization’s operations in Iraq. That captured terrorist was taken to a secret CIA prison — or “black site” — where, initially, he was uncooperative. After being subjected to some “enhanced interrogation techniques” — techniques authorized by officials at the most senior levels of the U.S. government and that the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel confirmed were consistent with U.S. law — the detainee became compliant. He was not one of the three al-Qaeda operatives who underwent waterboarding, the harshest of the hard measures

But he did undergo enhanced interrogation techniques that the ignorant claim to be torture.

With some trying to turn bin Laden’s death into a campaign talking point for Obama’s reelection, it is useful to remember that the trail to bin Laden started in a CIA black site — all of which Obama ordered closed, forever, on the second full day of his administration — and stemmed from information obtained from hardened terrorists who agreed to tell us some (but not all) of what they knew after undergoing harsh but legal interrogation methods. Obama banned those methods on Jan. 22, 2009.

This past weekend, Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Carl Levin attacked statements made in May 2011 by me, former CIA director Michael Hayden and former attorney general Michael Mukasey regarding what led to bin Laden’s death. They misunderstood and mischaracterized our positions…

What a shock that these two misunderstood. They somehow always manage to misunderstand everything.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, December 20th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Senators Mad ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Shows ‘Torture’”

  1. GetBackJack

    I guarantee you our people in Gitmo do not use torture. Any fool knows torture yields skewed results at best. Torture is both unreliable and non-productive.

    What we use is a simple practice of withholding tryptophan from prisoner meals. This sets up a chemical imbalance in the neural workings of the brain leading to irritability and inability to control emotions. Interrogator can then easily goad the subject into revealing anything needed to be known.

    Prisoner then receives tryptophan-laden meals and all is returned to normality. No harm, no foul.

    We Do Not Torture

    “Torture” is a CNN/MSNBC dog-whistle for hating on the military

  2. canary

    If this can get the word out the movie Zero Dark Thirty is based on fiction it is good.

    I don’t understand the Democrat leaders at the DNC bragging they killed Osama bin Laden and he wasn’t in heaven, but at the bottom of the sea. ha ha clap clap.

    Such graphic behavior by the Democrats endangered our U.S. Troops overseas.

  3. yadayada

    why are princess di and comrade carl sqwaking? they don’t think any of their highly intelligent, well educated constituency could think their cohorts adminstration could be even peripherally linked to torture, do they?

    only some uneducated, backwoods, low info voter could possibly think any hollywood movie might be an accurate portrayal of any historical occurance……

    now if I saw it nightline or anderson cooper’s show, then I could be convinced.




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