The number of strongly-worded letters inspired by the scenes depicting torture in Zero Dark Thirty grows by the day. Today, a group of Senators directed their ire towards acting-CIA director Michael Morell about comments he made about torture in his own strongly worded letter.
Previously, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Sen. John McCain and Sen. Carl Levin wrote to Michael Lynton, chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures, to tell him Zero Dark Thirty is "factually inaccurate." Then, Morell publicly published a memo to all CIA employees saying the movie took "artistic license," and that it shouldn't be taken too seriously. After all of that came an official CIA fact-checking and an official probe from the Senate Intelligence Committee looking into who divulged the information on torture techniques.
Well, this evening a new letter from Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Sen. John McCain and Sen. Carl Levin appeared, though it's dated December 31, 2012. This letter asks Michael Morell about comments he made in his letter about "the enhanced interrogation techniques" used that didn't quite add up.
Morell said Zero Dark Thirty gives the impression that torture played a major part in finding Bin Laden, but that impression is "false." But he goes on to say that some of the information used to find Bin Laden, "came from detainees subjected to enhanced techniques, but there were many other sources as well," before concluding that we'll never really settle the debate over whether torture was the best route to take or not.