Bored Congressmen Want To Investigate A Movie

Apparently the then looming fiscal cliff wasn’t enough to keep some members of Congress busy. Senators Feinstein, Levin, and McCain sent a letter to the CIA asking if they misled makers of the film Zero Dark Thirty. Oh the humanity!

Specifically, in the December 19 letter, the lawmakers want to know if “the filmmakers could have been misled by information they were provided by the CIA” in regards to the role torture played in getting information that lead to locating Osama bin Laden. This comes three weeks after the same senators wrote Sony Pictures’ Michael Lynton claiming the film was “grossly inaccurate” on the topic. It also comes one day after the committee said it would review CIA records of contact officials may have had with Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal.

Senator Chambliss gets it right (received via email):

Congressional criticism of ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ from both sides of the interrogation debate strikes me as odd—it is entertainment, not a documentary. What’s next—a Senate inquiry of the ‘Bourne’ trilogy or ‘24’? It also seems fruitless to demand more information from the CIA about its detention and interrogation program several weeks after the Committee voted out its final report on the program. The CIA has already provided this information among the millions of records received by the Committee over the past four years of its investigation. Those documents and testimony provided to the Committee support the Acting CIA Director’s message to the workforce that “multiple streams of intelligence led CIA analysts to conclude that Bin Ladin was hiding in Abbottabad” and some of that information came “from detainees subjected to enhanced techniques.”

Maybe these Senators are upset they weren’t invited to a star-studded Hollywood screening.


  1. seenbetrdayz says:

    “Enhanced techniques” sound like an addendum to the Kama Sutra. Remember the days when we just called it torture?

  2. The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

    “Bored Congressmen Want To Investigate A Movie”

    …Could be worse. The headline could be “Bored Congressmen Want to MAKE A Movie”, if you know what I mean?

    So if congress wants to waste taxpayers time and money just merely investigating a Hollywood release instead of being investigated for being involved in a San Fernando Valley-style scandal, I say that we get out of the way and let Congress do what they do best, which is nothing.

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