Tags: mcain | zero | dark | thirty

McCain: ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Film Gives ‘Ammunition’ to ‘Forces of Radical Islam’

Friday, 21 Dec 2012 02:12 PM

By James Hirsen

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., recently slammed the Oscar-contending film “Zero Dark Thirty,” claiming that scenes which show U.S. intelligence personnel engaged in the process of the torture of an al Qaeda prisoner, are not only untrue but could also be a dangerous influence on attitudes held by Islamic radicals toward the U.S.

“Obviously movies by very highly credentialed producers, directors, and casts do have an effect on public opinion, not only in the United States, but also around the world,” the Arizona senator said during an appearance on CNN.

McCain called the brutality depicted in the movie “very disturbing,” and pointed out that although one watching the movie might believe that water boarding and other torture produced the information that led to the elimination of Osama bin Laden, “that's not the case.”

McCain and two other senior senators, Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., and Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., sent a letter to Sony Pictures, objecting to the film’s content concerning the water boarding scenes. In the letter, McCain called for Sony Pictures to add a disclaimer to “Zero Dark Thirty,” due to the fact that the film puts forth the notion that it is a true accounting of the actual events leading up to the eventual death of bin Laden.

The Arizona senator indicated in the aforementioned cable television appearance that enhanced interrogation techniques did not contribute to the acquisition of information that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden, but rather resulted in the obtaining of misleading and false material by interrogators.

McCain explained that when Khalid Shaikh Mohammad, mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist acts, was subjected to water boarding “he gave information that was false.”

The senator posed the following question: “Do we really want to do things that are inhumane and basically immoral—torturing people?”

He added, “And what is the impact on our image in the world, when we do that? We are in a long ideological struggle with the forces of radical Islam. This gives them all kinds of ammunition when they have a movie that shows that we are torturing people.”

“The moral of the story is torture does not work. It is hateful. It is harmful, incredibly harmful to the United States of America. To somehow make people believe that it was responsible for the elimination of Osama bin Laden is, in my view, unacceptable,” McCain stated.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Gun Range Billboard Has Santa Claus Toting Automatic Weapon

Monday, 22 Dec 2014 10:21 AM

A California gun range has raised eyebrows with a billboard showing Santa Claus posed with an automatic weapon, but the  . . .

Raymond James Lightning Strike Injures Fans at Tampa Bay Game

Monday, 22 Dec 2014 09:34 AM

A lightning strike at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium's parking lot near the end of the NFL game between the Green Bay Pac . . .

Stonehenge Discovery Could Halt Plans for Highway Tunnel

Monday, 22 Dec 2014 08:56 AM

A discovery by archaeologists near Stonehenge may offer the best clues yet on how Britain's early ancestors in the struc . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved