Monday, December 10, 2012

AC360 previews "Zero Dark Thirty": does the film falsely show that the US needed torture to get Osama bin Laden?

On AC360 tonight,  Anderson explored the allegations that the first part of the film “Zero Dark Thirty”, about the assassination of Osama bin Laden, directed by Kahtryn Bigelow (Columbia Pictures), inaccurately showed the use of torture (“extreme rendition”) by the military and CIA in order to locate Osama.  Analyst Peter Bergen, an unpaid consultant for the film, appeared.

The AC360 report suggested that the public will come away with a false impression that torture (waterboarding) was needed to find bin Laden, and this could affect future operations. Anderson noted that the FBI was also involved in the location of bin Laden as well as the CIA.

Anderson has already seen the film, which is getting awards, even though it will open only in New York and Los Angeles on Dec. 19, and not open in wide release until Jan. 11, 2013.  Arch Campbell of WJLA in Washington DC has also reviewed it.

Since Washington was also hit on Sept. 11, 2001, why doesn't Columbia Pictures do us the courtesy of opening here on Dec. 19 along with NY and LA, even if at only one theater (like Loew's AMC Gerogetown, or Landmark Bethesda Row).  Or perhaps Regal's Potomac Yard or AMC Shirlington, the closest theater complexes to the Pentagon. 
Peter Bergen has an op-ed on the question at CNN here

On Tuesday, Dec. 11, the Washington Post has a story (by Greg Miller) about the young female operative who helped trck down bin Laden's location from a courier, here.  The article describes the CIA as "middle school with clearances".   Detached, schizoid personalities are common.  I could probably have done her job the same way had I been employed there.  The Post offers a video interview of director Bigelow.  

Anderson and Sanjay Gupta also presented a new treatment for childhood leukemia, in which HIV is modified to carry immune modulators against the leukemic cells to T4 cells (but not to destroy T4 cells permanently). It was successful in at least one girl, and temporarily in some other children.  It is still very brutal treatment but less costly than bone marrow transplant.

CNN’s report on the experiment was not posted as if this writing, but MSNBC has a similar story from NBC Nightly News.

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