Friday, August 23, 2019

SENATE TO PROBE FILMMAKERS’ ACCESS TO CIA SECRETS

January 3, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

While some conservative lawmakers and commentators have praised the Zero Dark Thirty filmmakers for making a convincing case that the use of torture was justified in tracking down Osama bin Laden, several have also expressed concern that the film may have revealed too much about the inner workings of the CIA. Several liberals have also […]

STRONG LIMITED DEBUT FOR ZERO DARK THIRTY

December 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Opening in limited release, Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty was the clear weekend winner on a per-theater basis. The movie, the object of attack by some critics for its suggestion that torture — or “enhanced interrogation” as its supporters euphemistically refer to it — played a valid role in the manhunt for Osama bin Laden, […]

MCCAIN SAYS HE WAS SICKENED BY ZERO DARK 30 TORTURE CLAIM

December 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Senator John McCain said on Tuesday that he was sickened by the suggestion in Zero Dark Thirty that waterboarding al-Qaeda’s No. 3 leader, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, helped provide information that led to the hiding place of Osama bin Laden. McCain, who himself endured 5 1/2 years as a prisoner of the North Vietnamese in the […]

DOES ZERO DARK 30 MAKE CASE FOR WATERBOARDING?

December 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Films based on real people or real events inevitably stir up controversy between the filmmakers and those who claim that reality has been stage-managed for dramatic effect. Even before its release, Zero Dark Thirty is embroiled in controversy over the seeming suggestion that an al-Queda captive while waterboarded provided information that eventually led to the […]

DID CIA GIVE FILMMAKERS CLASSIFIED INFO ABOUT BIN LADEN RAID?

May 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The conservative government watchdog group Judicial Watch charged on Tuesday that the Obama administration gave Oscar-winning filmmakers Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal classified information and gave them access to government officials for their film about the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in May 2011. The group posted what it claimed were 153 pages of […]