Not only was former President George W. Bush criticized for "authorizing torture," his critics argued that "torture doesn't work." During the 2008 presidential campaign, then-Sen. Barack Obama said: "Torture is how you get bad information, not good intelligence. ... No more secret authorization of methods like simulated drowning. When I am President, America will once again be the country that stands up...
There is a difference between an attempted dramatization and a work of pure fiction. It's not like the director just made up Osama Bin Laden and the raid that killed him. Also, according to the article above the "enhanced interrogation" techniques were corroborated by the people in charge at the time. It seems like the only factual debate is in the degree of helpfulness of these methods.
In "Zero Dark Thirty," the movie about the killing of Osama bin Laden, one of the first scenes shows a terrorist being waterboarded, where useful information gets extracted. The movie thus asserts the controversial practice leads to actionable intelligence.
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