Larry Elder

The trio of senators also sent a letter to Sony Pictures, saying the studio has "an obligation" to correct "the impression that the CIA's use of coercive interrogation techniques led to the operation against Osama bin Laden."

Calling "enhanced interrogation" techniques "indisputably torture" and waterboarding a "mock execution," longtime anti-waterboarder McCain once said: "In my personal experience, the abuse of prisoners sometimes produces good intelligence, but often produces bad intelligence because under torture a person will say anything he thinks his captors want to hear -- whether it is true or false -- if he believes it will relieve his suffering."

But there's a problem -- Obama's own team says enhanced interrogation provided useful information.

On two occasions, former CIA Director and current Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta conceded that waterboarding produced good intel. When asked about this last Sunday on "Meet the Press," Panetta said: "I lived the real story. ... The real story is that in order to put the puzzle of intelligence together that led us to bin Laden, there was a lot of intelligence. There were a lot of pieces out there that were part of that puzzle. Yes, some of it came from some of the tactics that were used at that time, interrogation tactics that were used. But the fact is we put together most of that intelligence without having to resort to that."

And then there was the May 3, 2011, interview, when NBC's Brian Williams asked Panetta: "Are you denying that waterboarding was, in part, among the tactics used to extract the intelligence that led to this successful mission (to kill bin Laden)?"

"Some of the detainees," said Panetta, "clearly were, you know -- they used these enhanced interrogation techniques against some of these detainees. But I'm also saying that, you know, the debate about whether -- whether we would have gotten the same information through other approaches I think is always gonna be an open question."

Hollywood once made a movie, "Hurricane," which portrayed boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter as an innocent man wrongly convicted of a triple homicide. One slight problem. Carter did it. Carter murdered three people; there was ample physical evidence pointing to his guilt, evidence ignored by the movie. And contrary to the alleged "all white jury," Carter's second trial -- that resulted in a second conviction -- included two blacks. Did the attorney general see the need to correct the film's accuracy?

Here, "Zero Dark Thirty" makes a real attempt to get it right. But this upsets the Bush-the-moronic-incompetent narrative.


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