During his confirmation hearing CIA Director nominee John Brennan was asked what role the Enhanced Interrogation/Torture Program had in finding the location of Osama Bin Laden. The question was raised due to numerous Bush Administration officials publicly claiming that torture yielded the information that was vital in planning the Osama Bin Laden raid.
That view made its way into the narrative of the Academy Award nominated film Zero Dark Thirty. The film may be the only avenue most Americans have for understanding what events led to the killing of Bin Laden.
The problem? According to Brennan the film is wrong.
Under questioning by Senator Carl Levin (D-Michigan) Brennan, a senior national security official in both the Bush and Obama administrations, said he found no evidence to support the claim that torture led to the information used to plan the Osama Bin Laden raid.
Mark Boal, the screenwriter for Zero Dark Thirty and someone with zero experience in national security affairs, claims he knows better. Boal said torture was clearly part of finding Osama Bin Laden and leaving that out of the film would be whitewashing history.
But if the testimony of John Brennan is to be believed then the Senior Senators’ letter calling the torture scenes in the film grossly inaccurate has been verified. Americans are getting the wrong story and could learn the wrong lessons.