Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Stephen Colbert's extended interview with Kathryn Bigelow

Stephen Colbert interviewed Zero Dark Thirty's director, Kathryn Bigelow, last night. She says the torture scenes were based on first hand accounts of intelligence officers. Colbert reminded her that many Americans get their history from the movies. Bigelow doesn't deny that her intelligence sources may have tried to spin the effectiveness of torture. But she believes that they were fair accounts.

Here's the problem. Zero Dark Thirty makes the point that the name of Osama Bin Laden's courier was derived from torture. In essence, the movie says torture works regardless of Bigelow's protestations against torture. We're Americans. We believe in due process. If the United States uses torture, how can America be against it? I believe that torture is despicable and that many times the victim will tell the "interrogator" anything to end the torture.

Anyway, here's Colbert's extended interview with Kathryn Bigelow.

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