D’uh! It’s a movie.

| December 23, 2012

Fox News reports that the acting director of the CIA thought it was important to point out the inaccuracies in upcoming movie “Zero-Dark-Thirty”.

“I would not normally comment on a Hollywood film, but I think it’s important to put (the film,) which deals with one of the most significant achievements in our history, into some context,” acting CIA Director Mike Morell said Friday.

He said the film addresses the successful hunt for bin Laden but in doing so “takes significant artistic license, while portraying itself as being historically accurate.”

Now why would Hollywood use a bit of artistic license when they make a movie? That’s ridiculous. It’s funny how they collaborated with the production and writing crew to get this film out and now they’re concerned because it may put too much emphasis on the “torture” aspect and it might make the president look like an indecisive boob.

Morell acknowledged that torture techniques — such as water boarding — were used on detainees, but said multiple streams of intelligence led CIA analysts to conclude that bin Laden was hiding in Abbottabad.

“Whether enhanced interrogation techniques were the only timely and effective way to obtain information from those detainees, as the film suggests, is a matter of debate that cannot and never will be definitively resolved,” he said

I wonder if they’re willing to put a stop to waterboarding at SERE School, since it’s torture yet we use it on our own soldiers to train them.

I’m sure that the interim director of the CIA has better things to do than make idiot statements about Hollywood production values, ya know, since there this war thing still happening.

Category: Barack Obama/Joe Biden, Terror War

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  1. 2-17 Air Cav says:

    Acting(!) CIA Director Morrell calls the OBL take-out “one of the most significant achievements in our history.” Yipes. Superlative abuse aside, that is one silly statement. Or is it that “our” refers to the obamanation administration?

  2. LZ says:

    It’s a movie!

    Fact: there was a mission to kill Bin Laden
    Fact: Bin Laden was killed
    Fact: Star Wars was “A long time ago”
    Fact: The Millennium Falcon made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs.

    Zero-Dark-Thirty and Star Wars: Historically accurate

    If you want a history lesson go watch a documentary, but seriously Lincoln was a vampire slayer right?

  3. UpNorth says:

    “(W)hich deals with one of the most significant achievements in our history”. Hyperbole much, Mr. Morrell.
    AirCAv, our history didn’t begin until Baracka was immaculated, doncha know?

  4. 2-17 Air Cav says:

    @3. Yeah, I think that just off the top of my head, I can easily name 1000 US achievements that surpass suicide by SEAL.

  5. Cajun says:

    @3: When you revise two centuries of progress accomplishments a “painful legacy of repression” that’s pretty much where you’re left with. History began for my liberal peers…or my peers in general, when Clinton took office and rescued America from 12 years of Republican dark ages, which were a murky time.

  6. 3-1 Cav Scout says:


    I think Han Solo took artistic license. A parsec is a unit of distance, not time.

  7. jrockfitch says:

    I can’t say much, but there is no unclassified proof that waterboarding does/doesn’t occur at SERE.

  8. Richard says:

    regarding “our history” — did he mean the history of the CIA?

  9. Tman says:

    As I mentioned before on another thread, on one of the Christian movie review sites (movieguide.org), it actually mentions that parts of the movie actually make Obama look bad, making it seem like he was more concerned with getting al qaeda detainees attorneys than actually trying to hunt down Osama.

  10. LZ says:

    @6 depending on which theoretical physics you believe, distance is as relative as time. It is possible that he made it under 12 parsecs.
    Are you questioning not only the historical accuracy of Star Wars, but also Han Solo’s integrity? Next you’ll tell me that grenades don’t really level a building, and cars don’t explode when you shoot the gas tank. Laughable sir.

  11. NHSparky says:

    And then you’ll be telling us that Han didn’t shoot first, either.

    Seriously, this thing was nothing more than an election campaign video for Unca Obammy. And from what I’ve seen, Bigelow still has her head jammed firmly up her fourth point of contact.

  12. 2-17 Air Cav says:

    @10. Now wait a second. If it’s a full tank, no ‘splosion but if it’s mostly fumes, that’s a weenie roast, no?

  13. UpNorth says:

    @12, c’mon, everyone knows that if you shoot the gas tank, there’s a ‘splosion big enough to level a city block.

  14. 2-17 Air Cav says:

    @13. Where the heck is everyone? There’s 31 online. They can’t be all lurkers and trolls, can they?

  15. 2-17 Air Cav says:

    Now there’s 30. Don’t tell me that was you who vacated, UpNorth.

  16. 2-17 Air Cav says:

    29-28-27-26. Jeez. They’re falling like flies.

  17. 2-17 Air Cav says:

    Okay, I’m gone. That’s 25.

  18. MAJMike says:

    Han Solo, like the SEALS, shot first.

  19. USMCE8Ret says:

    @14 – Sorry I missed it. I was finishing up Christmas shopping on the 23d.

  20. Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

    For what it’s worth (probably not much) I thought this movie sucked. I saw it last night, a more boring pile of drivel I am hard pressed to remember. I am amazed that this movie would even be considered for an Oscar based on the crappy dialogue and high school musical acting skills of a few of the main characters.

    The movie fails to create any motivation for any of the characters in it to behave as they do. At times the movie seems to attempt to tell you how to feel based on the various odd facial expressions of the lead character. If you are expecting an action packed film regarding the prep and execution of the SEAL mission you would be mistaken, if you are expecting 2 hours and 20 minutes of the exciting minutiae behind following old leads during detective work with about 8 minutes of action, this is your film….

    That’s my opinion YMMV….