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Alex Gibney, Oscar-Winning Documentarian, Blasts Torture Portrayal In 'Zero Dark Thirty' (VIDEO)

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Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney has taken on corruption and torture in his documentaries "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" and "Taxi to the Dark Side", never holding his tongue when it comes to discussing controversial topics. Gibney spoke to HuffPost Live host Josh Zepps about how torture in "Zero Dark Thirty" is represented, and criticized the film's suggestion that torture lead to the capture of Osama Bin Laden.

"In the film, what's missing is the context of how damaging torture was not only to the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, how much it threw us off the trail because of false information obtained," said Gibney, "but how disastrous it was in all sorts of circumstances." Gibney referenced how false information obtained under torture contributed to the decision to invade Iraq, and returned to "Zero Dark Thirty," saying "there's no counter narrative in the film, no sense of the disastrous policy of torture that created so much havoc."

In the interview, Gibney was joined by Laurie Goodstein of the New York Times, who collaborated with him on his new HBO documentary "Mea Maxima Culpa" which explores sexual molestation in the Catholic Church. Also participating in the discussion was Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, who spoke out publicly about abuse within the church.

Gibney also gave details on his upcoming documentary on Lance Armstrong, and how Armstrong's recent revelations have impacted the film.


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