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Zero Dark Thirty: CIA Questioned Over Torture
US senators have demanded to know what the CIA told the makers of a controversial film about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden about the use of torture.
Zero Dark Thirty shows an al Qaeda figure undergoing waterboarding, which simulates near-drowning, and other similar interrogation techniques before eventually providing information that helps ultimately track down Bin Laden.
However, a Senate Intelligence Committee investigation into the CIA's detainee programme has previously concluded that such methods produced no useful intelligence.
In a letter to the CIA, Dianne Feinstein, John McCain and others asked Michael Morell, the CIA's acting director, to share documents detailing what the filmmakers were told.
They asked him to provide what information was acquired from detainees and whether it was "prior to, during, or after the detainee was subjected to the CIA's enhanced interrogation techniques? If after, how long after?"
In another letter, they wrote: "The CIA cannot be held accountable for how the agency and its activities are portrayed in film, but we are nonetheless concerned... that the filmmakers could have been misled by information they were provided by the CIA."
The filmmakers reportedly had a 40-minute meeting with Mr Morell about the film.
In a recent statement, the director and screenwriter said "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 dramatises".
In a statement last month to employees, Mr Morell said that while the film was wrong to depict harsh techniques as being key to the hunt for bin Laden, those interrogations did produce some useful intelligence.
"Some came from detainees subjected to enhanced techniques, but there were many other sources as well," he said.
CIA spokesman John Tomczyk said the agency would co-operate with inquiries from the senators.
"As we've said before, we take very seriously our responsibility to keep our oversight committees informed and value our relationship with Congress," he said.
Zero Dark Thirty opens in the UK later this month and has been tipped for Oscar success.
Directed by the Hurt Locker's Kathryn Bigelow and starring Jessica Chastain as a CIA agent, it charts the hunt for bin Laden and the raid on his compound by US Navy Seals.
This week, The Producers Guild of America included the movie on its best film shortlist, while it has also been nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture.
what do you think?
This from a congressional report about the CIA from 1996 - "The CS [clandestine service] is the only part of the IC [intelligence community], indeed of the government, where hundreds of employees on a daily basis are directed to break extremely serious laws in countries around the world in the face of frequently sophisticated efforts by foreign governments to catch them. A safe estimate is that several hundred times every day (easily 100,000 times a year) DO [Directorate of Operations] officers engage in highly illegal activities (according to foreign law) that not only risk political embarrassment to the US but also endanger the freedom if not lives of the participating foreign nationals and, more than occasionally, of the clandestine officer himself." And this from a foremost expert on the CIA, John Kelly, about that report - "The report suggested that the CIA's crimes include murder and that "the targets of the CS [Clandestine Service] are increasingly international and transnational and a global presence is increasingly crucial to attack those targets." In other words, we are not talking about simply stealing secrets. We are talking about the CIA committing crimes against humanity with de facto impunity and congressional sanctioning." Aaah, the good ol' USA. Making the world safer by making it more dangerous for everyone.
First you are an expert on us gun control now the cia next you will tell us you are ex phoenix program you brits are so funny lol
I don't have to be an expert on anything to quote what your own people have said, Mark. If you bother to read the first line of my post, you'd notice that this comes from a congressional report. Last time I checked, that was a branch of the US government. It would appear that you're not much of an expert on reading things properly.
All cia macsog members sign the secrets act if you brake it you go to jail
And your point is......?
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Its part of war im afraid.horrible though it is.wish they would do it to that monster that knows the wearabouts of that little girl in wales..