Not that he agreed with the movie. In The Washington Post last week, Rodriguez wrote that "Zero Dark Thirty" wrongly depicted CIA officers beating and freely waterboarding detainees, even leading one naked man around in a dog collar. To Rodriguez, CIA officers are more bureaucrat than cowboy. They had to receive written authorization before they could grasp a detainee. Government documents have revealed that the CIA waterboarded three high-value detainees, not more, and stopped in 2003.
So why is the Senate Intelligence Committee waging an inquisition to discredit a movie that, as Morell, former CIA Director Michael Hayden and former Attorney General Michael Mukasey believe, shows that harsh methods work?
Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that Democrats branded those techniques as "torture" and forced the Bush administration to end their authorized use. "Zero Dark Thirty" leaves little question that under Obama White House rules, the CIA no longer can use the techniques that led to bin Laden.
No worries. As the administration has refined the use of drones, intelligence officers do not have frequent opportunities to question high-value detainees. American morals are safe. There's no waterboarding of suspected al-Qaida leaders; we just kill them.
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