Zero Dark Thirty failed to take home any of the big awards at Oscars 2013.
“Instead, the CIA learned of the existence of the courier, his true name and location through means unrelated to the CIA detention and interrogation program.” —Senate Intelligence Committee Letter to Sony Pictures
Articles on the torture scandal:
- Imperial Propaganda: Oscar Edition – The CIA and Hollywood’s fawning admiration.
- Zero Dark’s Crackpot Pragamatism – Steve Breyman takes on Washington Post torture proponent Richard Cohen.
- Torture and the Dark Side of Zero Dark Thirty – Jennifer Epps deconstructs the film, and the nonsensical defenses offered by the filmmakers.
- Assassination Bureau – CIA – Zero Dark Thirty – Jennifer Epps compares and contrasts ZD30 to other films that are said to explore similar themes.
- Not a Fan of Zero Dark Thirty – Randy Shields rants and rails against the mindset that would produce such a heinous glorification of empire and domination.
- Zero Dark Thirty by Dennis Loo – A rebuttal to the claims of Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal, citing their straw man defense of the events depicted on screen.
- Learning to Love Torture, Zero Dark Thirty-Style – Author Karen J. Greenberg is the Director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School and has written non-fiction accounts of Guantanamo prison and the Abu Ghraib torture scandal.
- Zero Dark Thirty: Torturing the Facts – Marjorie Cohn is a former president of the National Lawyers Guild and a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where she teaches criminal law and procedure, evidence, and international human rights law. She lectures throughout the world on human rights and US foreign policy.
- Arrest All Torturers – This is the law, the law that has been broken, the war crimes that as yet go unpunished, yet have no statute of limitations.
- Memo: Zero Dark Torture Scandal – Declassified release
- Kicking ZD30 One More Time – Glenn Greenwald takes on fawning critics in the wake of the film’s Oscar defeat.
- NRCAT: Fact Not Fiction (Torture) – Join the National Religious Campaign Against Torture.
- Bigelow the Tool – Denial will take you damned far in the movie business.
- ACADEMY: Disqualify Zero Dark Thirty – Tell them yourself: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Zero Dark Manipulators – Boal and Bigelow disregard all legitimate criticism, mocking the Senate Intelligence Committee concerns over the false torture propaganda contained in their film.
- Boal and Bigelow Still Dissembling on Torture – Link to the Senate letter to Sony Pictures.
- Zero Dark Treason? – This is the real CIA officer “Maya.” Her name is Alfreda Frances Bikowsky, and you don’t see her investigated in mainstream media. In addition to supervising torture, Alfreda helped hide the 9/11 hijackers from Richard Clarke and FBI investigators prior to the September 11th attacks, and if you don’t know anything about the “San Diego cell” then you are woefully uninformed.
- Our Glorious Torturers: Zero Dark Thirty’s Fabrications – Glenn Greenwald hit hard, and early, against the torture fabrications of Zero Dark Thirty.
- Zero Snuff Thirty – Written prior to release, the long list of unanswered questions concerning Osama bin Laden that will receive no attention whatsoever in this jingoistic snuff film. Propaganda is as much about what is not shown as what is revealed.
Academy member, actor David Clennon, has spoken out against Zero Dark Thirty, urges boycott.
“At the risk of being expelled [from the Academy] for disclosing my intentions, I will not be voting for Zero Dark Thirty – in any Academy Awards category. Everyone who contributes skill and energy to a motion picture – including actors – shares responsibility for the impressions the picture makes and the ideas it expresses. If I had played the role that was offered to me on Fox’s 24 (Season 7), I would have been guilty of promoting torture, and I couldn’t have evaded my own responsibility by blaming the writers and directors.”
Ed Asner and Martin Sheen also protesting the film, urge other actors to speak out.
“Co-Chair” of Sony Pictures, Amy Pascal, had the brass balls to type:
“We fully support Kathryn Bigelow and [screenwriter] Mark Boal and stand behind this extraordinary movie. We are outraged that any responsible member of the Academy would use their voting status in Ampas as a platform to advance their own political agenda. … This film should be judged free of partisanship. To punish an artist’s right of expression is abhorrent.”
Torture is a partisan political issue now?
Amy Pascal is a frothing fount of idiocy.
Sony used special insider access to create a pro-torture film, probably fed lies by the tortuers themselves at CIA. They created scenes, most likely as all-too willing dupes of their CIA sources, which showed information extracted via torture, that never happened in real life. The real Osama bin Laden location was determined “through means unrelated to the CIA detention and interrogation program.” (Senate Intelligence Committee Letter)