Apparently they would have preferred the filmmakers lied about how effective the CIA’s waterboarding program was.
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Glenn Greenwald: With its release imminent, the film is now garnering a pile of top awards and virtually uniform rave reviews. What makes this so remarkable is that, by most accounts, the film glorifies torture by claiming—falsely—that waterboarding and other forms of coercive interrogation tactics were crucial, even indispensable in finding bin Laden.
Andrew Sullivan: If Bigelow is calling torture “harsh tactics” she is complicit in its defense. And lies do have an agenda, whatever Bigelow says. They pretend that the law allows torture, they violate the historical record, and they make war crimes more likely in the future. Yes, it makes for a more thrilling ride if we start with a torture scene in a movie drama. But actual torture, authorized illegally by war criminals, is not fiction and is far too grave a matter to be exploited as a plot device. It is illegal because it is evil and because it provides unreliable and often false leads, not real ones. Bigelow cannot argue that her movie has no agenda, or duck behind the excuse that this is a “movie” and not a “documentary”. If it lies to promote the efficacy of torture, it has a very real agenda. And that is a defense of barbarism as entertainment, and as the law of the land.
Adam Serwer: No amount of correcting Bigelow’s baseless portrayal of torture as necessary to getting bin Laden will undo the damage … she made a pro-torture propaganda film. But she’s so tall and striking!
Michael Tomasky: Can I just say that I am equally bothered, and indeed even more bothered, by the fact that the movie opens with 9-11. Real-life voices of people in great distress or about to die. According to reports. I haven’t seen the film, so maybe it’s handled well, but that decisions seems to make to make the film automatically and definitionally a work of propaganda.