"Zero Dark Thirty"

Friday, December 14, 2012


Director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal (Getty) (Getty Images)

This week’s press screening of "Zero Dark Thirty" has yielded a new headline about the controversial film: that the depicted use of torture to get to Bin laden is dangerously misleading. Brooke discusses the controversy with journalist Peter Bergen, the author of Manhunt: the 10 year search for Osama Bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad.

Andrew Pekler - Here Comes The Night


Peter Bergen

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Brooke Gladstone

Comments [5]

Chris Gray from New Haven, CT (birthplace of interchangeable parts)

Well, there's that, too.

Dec. 20 2012 04:13 PM
A_Gray from Rochester NY

I feel the need to point out that despite your mentioning that torture is immoral, and of highly questionable utility, you fail to mention that it is ILLEGAL. The US government has signed treaties declaring that we will not employ the use of torture. Additionally our government has seen fit to execute Japanese military officers for their use of torture/ waterboarding . In conclusion I find it troubling that these discussions of torture never touch on the legality of the practice, much less why our leaders who condoned its practice have never been punished.

Dec. 17 2012 10:14 AM
ihbarddx from Pittsburgh

A movie like this is guaranteed to have CIA influence. The CIA is an organization of professional liars, which knows how to blend lies with truth to promote maximum misleading effect. I am alarmed that people debate such things as if they reresented a conscientious point of view. Intelligence agencies have no consience. As in the film: They ar bad news. They are not your friend.

Dec. 16 2012 12:24 PM
Chris Gray

(You couldn't really call it a career.)

Dec. 15 2012 07:51 PM
Chris Gray from New Haven, CT

Perhaps the height of my very unprofessional theatrical came early when in 5th grade I got to lip-synch (we're talkin' 1959, here) the lead role in our school's English language Christmas operetta Gian Carlo Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors, the story of a crippled shepherd boy/beggar who gives up his crutch as a gift to be given by the Three Kings, who are the visitors.

Fast-forward to May Day (a holiday I now celebrate far more religiously than Xmas) and one name glared at me far more potently than to almost any other US citizen. UBL (in the trailer it is clear that he was Usama) had several wives but the newest, youngest and the one who took a bullet in the leg, presumably trying to shield him, is Amahl (I assume she's portrayed in the movie) and we know who the Night Visitors were. Well, not by name in most cases.

Dec. 15 2012 07:43 PM

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