I'm no John McCain fan, but he is right about this. The movie Zero Dark Thirty, supposedly based on the mission that killed Osama Bin Laden, is full of shit. It glorifies torture and GETS THE FACTS WRONG. I don't know what the agenda is, but I will not enrich these lying pigs by seeing it.
The movie “Zero Dark Thirty” suggests the CIA’s harsh interrogation techniques led the U.S. to Osama bin Laden. Sen. John McCain watched the movie Monday night and says it left him sick - because it’s wrong.Politico: McCain: 'Zero Dark Thirty' wrong
Last year, McCain asked then-CIA Director Leon Panetta for the facts, and he said the hunt for bin Laden did not begin with fresh information from Mohammed. In fact, the name of bin Laden’s courier, Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, came from a detainee held in another country.
“Not only did the use of enhanced interrogation techniques on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed not provide us with key leads on bin Laden’s courier, Abu Ahmed, it actually produced false and misleading information,” McCain said in a speech on the Senate floor.
On this one, Senator McCain is right. There is no reason to glorify our war crimes (yes, torture is a war crime) and even less reason to so when the supposed benefits were false and demonstrably so.
Update I: well some who have seen the film disagree about whether the film claims that torture led to good info. Not having seen it, I don't know. I don't know why McCain would be upset otherwise.
I've seen Zero Dark Thirty (1+ / 0-)Update II: and there is this review (hat tip to uintas)
And am a bit conflicted. It doesn't really show torture leading to good intel. The guy they torture in the beginning, a 'composite character', only gives up good info after being given a big meal and a cigarette.
However, the movie fully ignores President Obama's massive role in getting Bin Laden, so that was a bit of a red flag for me.
The last 45 minutes -- the actual raid -- are must-see, IMO.
I ♥ President Barack Obama.
by ericlewis0 on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 08:04:44 PM CST
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The suspect finally gives up a name: Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, whom he claims works as a courier for bin Laden. Part of the power of Zero Dark Thirty is that it looks with disturbing clarity at the ''enhanced interrogation techniques'' that were used after 9/11, and it says, in no uncertain terms: They worked.Reviewed by Owen Gleiberman