Tag Archive: Zero Dark Thirty
” Mr Brennan, a 25-year CIA veteran, is expected to be announced by the White House later today.
An Obama administration official told the Associated Press that the president will also formally announce that he is nominating Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary. Both men must be confirmed by the Senate.
Mr Obama considered Mr Brennan for the top CIA job in 2008. But Mr Brennan withdrew his name amid questions about his connection to enhanced interrogation techniques while serving in the spy agency during the George W. Bush administration.
Mr Brennan denied involvement in the controversial interrogation tactics, including waterboarding, and has spoken out against them.
The CIA’s top job is vacant after David Petraeus resigned in the wake of a sex scandal. An FBI investigation uncovered that Mr Petraeus, a former four star general, was having an extramartial affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell. “
*Editors Note : We have no problem with enhanced interrogation per se . We merely point out the hypocrisy of the left in condemning the Bush administration while turning a blind eye to whatever the Obama administration does .
- Obama taps Hagel for Pentagon, Brennan for CIA – Boston.com (boston.com)
- Obama to Nominate John Brennan to Head CIA (swampland.time.com)
- Hagel nomination, along with CIA announcement, planned for Monday (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Obama to nominate John Brennan to head CIA (thehindu.com)
- Obama may round out natl. security team next week (thehimalayantimes.com)
” Judicial Watch announced today that it has filed a reply brief with the United States District Court for the District of Columbia seeking access to the names of the five Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) bin Laden raid operatives disclosed by the Obama Department of Defense (DOD) and the CIA to Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal, the filmmakers behind the critically acclaimed and controversial film Zero Dark Thirty, which concerns the capture and killing of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden. Judicial Watch’s brief was filed as news reports emerged indicating that the Inspector General made a criminal referral to the Obama Justice Department in September 2012 regarding Undersecretary Michael Vickers, who was alleged to have improperly leaked the name of at least one operative to the filmmakers.
Documents previously uncovered by Judicial Watch reveal that the Obama administration sought to have “high visibility” into bin Laden-related projects, and granted Boal and Bigelow unusual access to agency information in preparation for their film. However, Obama administration officials also disclosed in sworn court documents related to this lawsuit that the sensitive information released to Bigelow and Boal could cause an “unnecessary security and counterintelligence risk” if released to the public. The admission seems to contradict the public statement by Obama White House spokesman Jay Carney regarding the controversy: “We do not discuss classified information,” Carney told reporters. “
- Treachery Here At Home (youviewedblog.wordpress.com)
- Classified info used to portray ‘gutsy’ Obama (wnd.com)
- ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ screenwriters succeed with tricky balancing act (articles.philly.com)
- Zero Dark Thirty and truthfulness 3: Review by Michael Wolff – “this torture fantasy degrades us all” (cinematicnarrative.wordpress.com)
- Report: Leak of restricted information to makers of film on hunt for bin Laden is referred to Justice – @McClatchyDC (mcclatchydc.com)
- Alex Gibney: Why ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Is Dangerous By Alex Gibney (huffingtonpost.com)
- Bin Laden film leak is referred to Justice; leaker top Obama official (kansascity.com)
- “Zero Dark Thirty” is indefensible (salon.com)
” How factual does a movie have to be when it’s inspired by real events? Can a filmmaker really tell a story without filtering it through a hardline political perspective? We’ve finally got a trailer for Zero Dark Thirty that gives some idea of how director Kathryn Bigelow decided to tell the story of the hunt for Osama bin Laden, so let’s check it out.
Let’s get some facts out of the way here: none of us here at Military.com has a security clearance that gives us access to the classified files that would allow us to come up with any kind of informed opinion about the technical accuracy of this movie. But it’s also true that anyone who’s ever had access to truly classified material of any kind would probably admit that it’s often (read: always) full of conflicting information. An objective retelling of any true life event is pretty much impossible.”
- Will the new Osama bin Laden film “Zero Dark Thirty” rehabilitate torture? (thesunnews.typepad.com)
- Zero Dark Thirty: new torture-glorifying film wins raves | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk (guardian.co.uk)
- VIDEO: Zero Dark Thirty’s Oscar buzz (bbc.co.uk)
- ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Catches Even Cast Members by Surprise (carpetbagger.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Zero Dark Thirty’s Jessica Chastain Responds to Pro-Torture Accusations: “It’s Not a Propaganda Film” (uk.eonline.com)
- Zero Dark Thirty – first look review (guardian.co.uk)
- Jessica Chastain, ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Star, On The Difficulties Of Portraying A Real CIA Agent (gantdaily.com)
Obama Admin Admits Info Released to Zero Dark Thirty Filmmakers Might Pose a ‘security and counterintelligence risk’
” Judicial Watch announced today that Obama administration officials disclosed in sworn court documents that sensitive information released tothe filmmakers for the upcoming film on the bin Laden raid, Zero Dark Thirty, could cause an “unnecessary security and counterintelligence risk” if released to the public. The admissions, made during the course of Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit seeking records pertaining to cooperation between Obama administration officials and director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal in preparation for the film, raise questions about the public statement to reporters by Obama White House spokesman Jay Carney regarding the controversy: “We do not discuss classified information.” The government claims that the information shared is not necessarily classified “in isolation.”
“The government cannot have it both ways in this case,” Judicial Watch argued in a countermotion for summary judgment filed with the court on November 12, 2012. “If this information were very sensitive, it would not have been shared with the filmmakers. Since the government did share the information with the filmmakers, the court should conclude that it is necessarily not sensitive … Assisting to make a movie about government accomplishments is not a necessary or important governmental function. If it were, the term for it would be political propaganda.” “
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- Classified info used to portray ‘gutsy’ Obama (wnd.com)
- Obama Admin: Info Release Might Pose Security Threat (freebeacon.com)
- Group Presses for Officers’ Names in Osama bin Laden Raid (legaltimes.typepad.com)
- Judicial Watch Obtains Documents Detailing the Cost to Taxpayers for Michelle Obama’s Family Trip to Africa (oyiabrown.com)
- ‘District of Corruption’ … (youviewedblog.wordpress.com)
- Bin Laden Film, Starring Barack Obama, Will Debut Two Days Before Election Day (redpillreport.net)
- Obama Cabinet Biggest Violator of Public Records Transparency Laws! (politicalvelcraft.org)
- Judicial Watch: Judicial Watch Press Room (sohereandnow.wordpress.com)