Senate Launches Zero Dark Thirty Investigation
Both to look into classified disclosures and torture scenes
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 3, 2013 11:57 AM CST
Jessica Chastain in a still from "Zero Dark Thirty."   (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., Jonathan Olley, File)

(Newser) – The Senate Intelligence Committee is launching an investigation into the CIA's ties to Zero Dark Thirty, both to see if intelligence officials gave filmmakers access to classified material, and to see if they're responsible for the film's controversial depiction of torture as essential to Osama bin Laden's assassination. The committee will look into records of director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal's communications with agents, including Michael Morell, who is widely considered the favorite to succeed David Petraeus as the agency's director, Reuters reports.

Originally, it was conservatives beating the drum against Zero Dark, accusing the Obama administration of feeding Bigelow and Boal info for political purposes. But now that it's out, liberals are the ones railing against the film over its depiction of torture. Last month, Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein joined members Carl Levin and John McCain in condemning the film's "grossly inaccurate and misleading suggestion that torture resulted in information that led to the location" of bin Laden.

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Jan 8, 2013 4:54 PM CST
Why do they have their shorts in a wad? This is Hollywood, not a history lesson!
Jan 6, 2013 2:11 PM CST
They should conduct an investigation on why my turds are inhumanely torturing the sewer rats. It's about the same as this story.
Jan 4, 2013 12:14 AM CST
That the Senate Intelligence Committee is investigating a Hollywood MOVIE speaks to their "intelligence" better than anything else. Its a MOVIE .. not an official history or documentary! With the Fiscal Cliff, the Sequester, the Debt Ceiling and other really, really important stuff pending... Feinstein better get her act together and stop using the Government to investigate Hollywood producers, directors and actors. The last time that happened was the McCarthy Hearings... and it didn't turn out well for McCarthy. Besides, who cares how the CIA managed to track down bin Laden.. its SUPPOSED to be a SECRET! Can't wait for the 2014 Mid-Term Elections!!!