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Senate Panel Investigating Access Given to Zero Dark Thirty Filmmakers

January 3, 2013  |  10:40am
Senate Panel Investigating Access Given to <i>Zero Dark Thirty</i> Filmmakers

A source for Reuters stated the Senate Intelligence Committee is looking to review contacts between CIA officials and Zero Dark Thirty’s director, Kathryn Bigelow, and screenwriter Mark Boal. The investigation would examine if the agency allowed “inappropriate” access to material for the film, which follows the events leading up to the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan. Through a series of emails, conservative group Judicial Watch showed both the CIA and Pentagon gave filmmakers “extensive access” to material (you can read their documents here).

This follows statements from several Senators—including Dianne Feinstein (D-California), Carl Levin (D-Michigan) and John McCain (R-Arizona)—stating the portrayal of interrogation in the film was “grossly inaccurate.” Besides checking on the access filmmakers were granted, one reason for review would be the suggestion that the harsh interrogation techniques were effective leading up to the CIA raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan.

“We cannot afford to go back to these dark times, and with the release of Zero Dark Thirty, the filmmakers and your production studio are perpetuating the myth that torture is effective,” the letter, which was released in December, read. “You have a social and moral obligation to get the facts right.”

Even through these announcements, that hasn’t slowed the film’s pace. It’s up for many awards this year, including three Golden Globes and the Critics’ Choice Best Film award, and has earned high ranks on countless year-end lists. Watch the trailer for the film below.

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