Comments on: ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ is the most vile and immoral war film I’ve seen in years Independent commentary and news from Israel & Palestine Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:24:34 +0000 hourly 1 By: ehnyah Tue, 19 Mar 2013 13:26:21 +0000 Do Americans still know how to read?

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In an unusual step, acting CIA Director Michael Morell issued a statement about the film emphasizing that while the production team had met with the CIA, the film is a dramatization and is not historically accurate. Morell specifically contradicted the film’s assertion that “enhanced interrogation techniques”, also known as “torture”, had been of significant benefit in locating Osama bin Laden. Director Morell stated, “That impression is false. We cannot allow a Hollywood film to cloud our memory.”

CIA hated Zero Dark Thirty

Debating the effectiveness of torture? Sick.

Ignoring rape videos from Abu-ghraib, mass murder of children at point blank range in Afghanistan, and state sponsored wars on the innocent for profit and politics.

Neo-American values on display for the world to see.

By: Jason Sun, 24 Feb 2013 20:08:23 +0000 One of the most pathetic excuses for a movie review I’ve ever seen. Poorly written, lazy and unclear invective, and no real point besides “The movie didn’t come from the same ideological stance as me.”

Stick to politics guys.

By: aminah Sun, 24 Feb 2013 15:23:27 +0000 Bravo! But don’t go soft on torturers…it’s NEVER excusable. Courage…seen so seldom lately, I simply HAD to comment. Thank you.

By: aminah Sun, 24 Feb 2013 15:10:57 +0000 Bravo! Courage…seen so seldom lately, I simply HAD to comment. Thank you.

By: Natalie Mon, 04 Feb 2013 23:06:53 +0000 I am an American. I haven’t seen the film, but it seems the consensus around the internet is that there are some serious moral issues in it. I agree with most of what you wrote, other than one thing. I don’t think the film was necessarily for liberal bleeding hearts, because among liberals the “War on Terror” is shame. It is conservatives (many of whom benefit financially from the military-industrial complex) that remain so confidently, unquestioningly patriotic even when confronted with the horrible reality of the really fucked up things that happened at the hands of fellow Americans. In fact, the director got unprecedented access to national security info to make a “journalistic account” of the movie. I think what happened is that Bigelow got seduced by her very patriotic, Pentagon/D.O.D. sources, and ended up making a movie pandering to them. For me, I guess the narrative in my head is something like… well good, we got Bin Ladin, but at what price? So much useless death. And Bin Ladin succeeded in what he sent out to do: he exposed Americans as the hypocrits we are.

By: jojo Sun, 03 Feb 2013 14:26:44 +0000 Bin Laden died in 2001 of kidney failure. All of the prisoners tortured had nothing to do with 911 or terrorism. Sad part–what is never revealed in any Hollow’wood movies–USA is a evil terrorist establishment–killed millions for profit on lies.

By: Vojkan Sat, 02 Feb 2013 18:22:41 +0000 Hat off Sir for writing what a load of rubbish 0 dark 30 is. Even more self-righteous, immoral, and devoid of any trait that characterises humanity than The Hurt Locker. Bigelow, Boal, and Chastaing are depraved morons. Now, one only hopes that there are people like you on the other side and that you start talking to each other like human beings.

By: Paul j Fri, 01 Feb 2013 01:12:43 +0000 Effectiveness is as applied, not average result.??????????????

But without the protections of that law, abuses in the other direct would increase??????????

The IDF has decided to let the innocent fall to fall the guilty. ??????

i dont understand any of your points

By: Jan Thu, 31 Jan 2013 00:13:58 +0000 This is one film that I will not see. It is bad enough that so many countries use torture as an instument of policy but for a film to glorify and justify it goes beyond the pale.

What is even worse than the film is that soon an American named John Keriakou, an ex CIA agent, will be heading to prison for blowing the whistle on CIA torture of prisoners. While not one torturer, nor one person who authorized or justified torture will head to jail, this couragous whistle blower and father of five will spend at least 30 months behind bars and emerge owing hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees.

And all this in the administration of the president who was elected promising “hope and change.” Sorry President Obama but George Bush must be very happy that you are not only carrying on his legacy but besting him as your administration has clamped down on more whistle blowers than all past adminstrations put together.

I wonder how many times Pres. Obama has sat in the White House screening room enjoying Zero Dark Thirty. Probably more than once.

By: andrew r Wed, 30 Jan 2013 16:35:41 +0000 Actually, it looks like Palestinian kids got the same training:

“‘Omar Hamamrehcontends that he admitted to the charge because he had been pressured during the police interrogation: :

During my whole interrogation, the interrogator did not let me go to the bathroom, even though I really had to go. They didn’t bring me food, or even water. I was really tired from the interrogation and from being beaten. So I preferred to tell the interrogator that I did throw stones in 2007. Then he ordered me to sign my confession. I signed a paper that was written in Hebrew. I didn’t know what it said. At the time, I just wanted to put an end to the interrogation and the beatings, especially since it was the first time I’d been arrested.”