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U.S. on alert for Islamist ire to ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

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WA Times

Could the release of “Zero Dark Thirty” provoke violent protests against the U.S. in response to the film’s searing depictions of “enhanced interrogation” — the coercive, super-secret and bitterly debated methods used by the CIA against al Qaeda terrorism suspects?

Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow’s acclaimed docudrama about the pursuit of Osama bin Laden opened Wednesday at five theaters in New York and Los Angeles.

The film, an early Oscar favorite, graphically depicts coercive CIA interrogation techniques, including the waterboarding, domination and psychosexual humiliation of a detainee, who is, variously, collared and leashed like a dog, stuffed into a cramped “confinement box” and stripped naked for questioning in the presence of a female investigator.

Although the portrayal of such treatment given to a prisoner, regardless of his religion, may be deemed offensive by viewers of any faith, the film steers clear of depicting Islam’s Prophet Muhammad or showing the Koran being desecrated — two acts considered blasphemous by many Muslims.

Muslims have expressed outrage in response to the anti-Islam video “Innocence of Muslims,” the unintentional burning of Korans and a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad in a Danish newspaper.

Although “Zero Dark Thirty” doesn’t enter into any of that territory and nothing suggests a similar chain of events will follow the film’s release, a senior defense official said U.S. forces are always on alert.

“I doubt extremist murderers are going to garner much sympathy in the West or in the Muslim world, but we’ll keep an eye on things,” the official said.

“This isn’t exactly the first time this issue has surfaced. It’s been debated for years, and other major Hollywood productions have fictionalized similar themes. It’s important to keep this in perspective. I haven’t seen the movie, but one thing is for sure: It has a happy ending, not just for the United States, but for Muslims around the world targeted by Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda terrorist network.”

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» 10 Comments

  1. Edith McCrotch

    December 21st, 2012

    I dunno…smells like more Bush bashing to me.

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  2. Mr. Happy

    December 21st, 2012

    If we would just stop offending terrorists and their Muslim supporters, then they would like us, I guess that’s the message.
    The fact that Americans did not riot and drag Muslims naked through the streets and burn every mosque after 9/11 doesn’t count for much then on the Arab street.

    There is no nobility in acting civilized when fighting savages.
    That should be the REAL take-away from this movie.

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  3. grayscape

    December 21st, 2012

    Only musloids and Democrats…musdems…demlims… whatever. Both are fascists assholes.

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  4. Corona

    December 21st, 2012

    Ever since the Benghazi incident I’ve been wondering what’d they do about THIS film. Not some YouTube non-event vid, but a full-blown theatrical release. If this isn’t a fucked-up clusterfuck, nothing is. Anyone who has GPS please put Washington DC as “trending” and please provide geo numerical-locations.

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  5. Bad Brad

    December 21st, 2012

    If it was domestic that would cure the gun control bull shit in a heart beat.

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  6. old_oaks

    December 22nd, 2012

    a senior defense official said U.S. forces are always on alert.

    I believe there’s 4 individuals looking down saying; “WTF?”

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  7. Unneutral

    December 22nd, 2012

    Fuck Islam….

    End of discussion.

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  8. Retro714

    December 22nd, 2012

    a senior defense official said U.S. forces are always on alert.

    HMMM,like in Benhgazi???

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  9. Maudie N Mandeville

    December 22nd, 2012

    WAPO is already blaming the waterboarding scenes for any ensuing violence. I say loud and clear “Obama got Osama, Obama got Osama! nannynannybooboo.”

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  10. The Doktor

    December 22nd, 2012

    Death to Islam.

    Since I read a review of this movie (that I originally thought to be a whitewash of Obozo) I am anxious to see it THIS WEEK. Watch as ALL THE LEFTIST critics PAN this movie. That’s if they don’t ignore it entirely. A good indicator is what that idiot Ebert says/does.

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