Senators condemn 'Zero Dark Thirty' torture

10:50 AM, Dec 20, 2012   |    comments
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by Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY

Influential members of the U.S. Senate are condemning the depiction of torture in Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., along with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., are sending a letter to the film's distributor, Sony Pictures, to complain about the role of torture in the movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

"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, according to The Hill newspaper's DEFCON Hill blog.

"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 letter continues.

The film about the 10-year-long hunt for bin Laden starts with a prolonged waterboarding scene.

Director Bigelow and writer Mark Boal put out a statement last week regarding the use of torture in the film. Zero Dark Thirty earned four Golden Globe nominations last week, including best film.

The statement reads: "We depicted a variety of controversial practices and intelligence methods that were used in the name of finding bin Laden. The film shows that no single method was necessarily responsible for solving the manhunt, nor can any single scene taken in isolation fairly capture the totality of efforts the film dramatizes.

"One thing is clear," the statement continues. "The single greatest factor in finding the world's most dangerous man was the hard work and dedication of the intelligence professionals who spent years working on this global effort."

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