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Senators Slam 'Zero Dark Thirty' as 'Dangerous' for Showing Waterboarding Works

Senators Slam 'Zero Dark Thirty' as 'Dangerous' for Showing Waterboarding Works


Government officials are ramping up pressure on the upcoming film detailing the hunt for Osama bin Laden, further blurring “Zero Dark Thirty’s” chances at a Best Picture Oscar.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, called “Zero Dark Thirty” a combination of “fact, fiction and Hollywood.” The film indirectly shows how enhanced interrogation tactics like waterboarding gleaned critical information that helped the U.S. military find bin Laden, a series of events Feinstein dubs dangerous.

And the Democrat isn’t alone.

Feinstein and Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Carl Levin (D-Mich.) are sending a letter to Sony Pictures, the film studio distributing the Oscar contender, to make their complaints known.”I thought it was terrible,” said Feinstein, one of a handful of lawmakers to see the film ahead of its limited release this week. “It is a combination of fact, fiction and Hollywood in a very dangerous combination.”

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