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Zero Dark Thirty Torture

It's Time to Right the Wrongs of Torture

Curt Goering | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Curt Goering

The government's unlawful, ineffective and misguided torture policies following September 11, 2001, left us with a terrible legacy that continues to trouble our nation today.

Society Instructs Hollywood on 'Moral Ambiguity' of Torture: Or, What the Zero Dark Thirty Controversy Means

Carla Seaquist | Posted 06.07.2013 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Film, whether big-screen or TV, is a powerful medium of representation; it has the power to define. And with this controversy, Society pushed back and said we do not like how this film represents or defines us.

Zero Dark Thirty: After Oscar Snub, the Debate Deepens

Dan Siegel | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Dan Siegel

The controversy and shortcomings of Zero Dark Thirty has opened a critical conversation and debate. Hopefully it will lead to brave new Hollywood storytelling about these years when America went in search of monsters to destroy, and ended up slaying things once held dear.

Matt Sledge

'Zero Dark Thirty' Makers Asked To Weigh In On Senate Torture Report | Matt Sledge | Posted 02.21.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Twenty-eight retired generals and admirals sent a letter to the Academy Award-nominated filmmakers behind "Zero Dark Thirty" on Thursday, ...

This Year's Best Picture Nominees Made A Lot Of Mistakes

AP | JOCELYN NOVECK | Posted 04.22.2013 | Entertainment

NEW YORK — The scene: Tehran's Mehrabad airport, January 1980. Six U.S. diplomats, disguised as a fake sci-fi film crew, are about to fly to fre...

Zero Dark Thirty: The Politics of Art or Why All the Critics Are Wrong

Lennard Davis | Posted 04.20.2013 | Politics
Lennard Davis

Given that the torture scenes are so repulsive, but shown nonetheless, it is clearly Bigelow's goal to make us never forget the horror and demeaning nature of torture both for the victim and for the torturers.

Feinstein, Levin and McCain on the Wrong Side of Free Speech

Ira Glasser | Posted 04.13.2013 | Entertainment
Ira Glasser

The recent controversy over the film Zero Dark Thirty implicates free expression, artistic freedom and public policy issues that are of great concern.

Žižek, 'Zero Dark Thirty' And Torture

Michael J. Broyde | Posted 04.07.2013 | Religion
Michael J. Broyde

To be clear: We are not writing in support of torture; our issue is rather with Žižek's moral reasoning. Does torture work? We do not know and leave the matter for experts to decide.

WATCH: Filmmaker Slams 'Zero Dark Thirty' Torture Portrayal

Posted 02.01.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

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 D...

Martin Sheen Walks Back 'Zero Dark Thirty' Criticism

The Huffington Post | Kia Makarechi | Posted 01.31.2013 | Entertainment

Two weeks after his name appeared on a statement that criticized "Zero Dark Thirty" as promoting torture, Martin Sheen says he didn't mean to come out...

Seeing Torture for What It Is

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 04.01.2013 | Politics
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

Torture was not a part of the interrogation plan for every detainee, and torture most certainly did not provide the critical intelligence leading to finding bin Laden.

Zero Dark Thirty and Torture: What If It Were Your Child?

Matthew Dowd | Posted 03.29.2013 | Politics
Matthew Dowd

Torture has no place in a civilized society. No matter the success or means to achieve a good end, torture (or as some leaders referred to it, enhanced interrogation techniques) reflects our darkest impulses and pulls all of us in this democracy to a dark place.

Michael Moore: 'Zero Dark Thirty' Is Not A Pro-Torture Movie

Posted 01.25.2013 | Entertainment

Michael Moore stopped by HuffPost Live on Friday to weigh in on the seemingly never-ending debate around "Zero Dark Thirty." Moore penned a HuffPost b...

'Zero Dark Thirty' Will Not Be Shown In Pakistan

The Huffington Post | Kia Makarechi | Posted 01.25.2013 | Entertainment

"Zero Dark Thirty' will not screen in Pakistan, as distributors fear inciting the ire of the Pakistani military and terrorist groups. The Guardian...

In Defense of Zero Dark Thirty

Michael Moore | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics
Michael Moore

That really should be the main takeaway from Zero Dark Thirty: That good detective work can bring fruitful results -- and that torture is wrong. Eight years of torture -- no bin Laden. Two years of detective work -- boom! Bin Laden!

Zero Dark Thirty -- Truth or Consequences

Michael Brenner | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
Michael Brenner

The version of events offered by Zero Dark Thirty substitutes pulp fiction -- of the mythological kind -- for truth. It satisfies a gnawing hunger; it meets a powerfully felt need.

John McCain Makes Awkward Joke About Kerry

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) joked that he would do whatever it takes to get the truth out of John Kerry, President Barack Obama's nominee for secretary...

How The U.S. Shapes The Military's Big Screen Image

Agence France Presse | Dan De Luce | Posted 03.24.2013 | World

The CIA and the Pentagon pulled out all the stops for the creators of "Zero Dark Thirty," staging interviews with officials and a Navy SEAL for an ins...

'Zero Sum Dark Thirty': Stop the Torture

Rabbi Jennifer Krause | Posted 03.18.2013 | Entertainment
Rabbi Jennifer Krause

This widespread inability to see anything in the film but the subject of torture blinds us to the greater complexities it brings to the big screen and, as a result, to the question it raises in the big picture of American life after catching our breath from the chase the film depicts.

Will 'Zero Dark Thirty' Nab An Oscar?

AP | CHRISTY LEMIRE | Posted 03.18.2013 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES — A few weeks ago, "Zero Dark Thirty" seemed well on its way to capturing the Academy Award for best picture. It was winning early c...

'Zero Dark Thirty' Director Responds To Critics

Posted 01.16.2013 | Entertainment

Kathryn Bigelow has commented on the controversy surrounding "Zero Dark Thirty" throughout the last month, but the director has issued her most defini...

Zero Dark Thirty Wants Your Cake

Paul Ratner | Posted 03.17.2013 | Entertainment
Paul Ratner

I didn't know what the filmmakers were trying to say with this film and as such, by default, the only idea I took out of the screening was that torture works.

What You Will Not See in Zero Dark Thirty

Jan Lisa Huttner | Posted 03.17.2013 | Women
Jan Lisa Huttner

People who think that Zero Dark Thirty shows that the torture of Ammar leads in some direct way to the capture of Bin Laden are simply wrong. That just is not part of the story Bigelow is telling.

The Zero Dark Thirty Controversy

Ramzi Kassem | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
Ramzi Kassem

The controversy surrounding Zero Dark Thirty has been as misguided as the film itself, which opened nationwide on Friday.

Jaweed Kaleem

Religious Group Protests Torture Depicted In Zero Dark Thirty | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 01.15.2013 | Religion

As the controversy continues over torture scenes in Zero Dark Thirty, the film about the hunt to capture Osama bin Laden, a group called the National ...