I spend plenty of time defanging Government propaganda about why they need more power, money and privilege to intrude upon individual liberty, without numb shiny movies that try to make the opposing case, badly:
The film has been blasted by critics of torture (how fucked up is it that “critics of torture” is even a thing?) as elevating and validating the role of “enhanced interrogation techniques” in finding and killing Al Qaeda’s number one.
But that criticism isn’t just coming from war critics and human rights advocates: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), himself a survivor of torture, went on radio and television to decry the Sony Pictures release, as the LA Times reports:.
“You believe when watching this movie that waterboarding and torture leads to information that leads then to the elimination of Osama bin Laden. That’s not the case,” McCain said on CNN’s “The Situation Room,” adding that torture had yielded false information from detainees.
McCain and fellow senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Carl Levin (D-Mich.) sent a letter echoing this statement to Sony on Wednesday. CNN terrorism analyst Peter Bergen at CNN has a piece up at CNN.com about the criticism coming from Washington; his original long-form critique of the film is required reading.
As was been widely reported in the months leading up to the film’s release, the CIA granted ZDT’s filmmakers unprecedented access to sources within the agency, perhaps believing that “Hurt Locker” was an indication of the likely positive treatment the War on Terror would receive in this project.
But just this week, acting CIA director Michael Morell issued an unusual statement condemning it.
“The film creates the strong impression that the enhanced interrogation techniques that were part of our former detention and interrogation program were the key to finding Bin Ladin,” the statement reads. “That impression is false.”
A pretty bold statement, though even he can’t bring himself to use the word “torture.”
See the original for many hyperlinks.