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Update: The Senate Intelligence Committee has begun a review of the contacts between "Zero Dark Thirty" director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal and CIA officials to determine if inappropriate access to secret information was given, following the committee chairwoman's "outrage" over the film's scenes that imply "enhanced interrogations." Days after the film's December 19 release, three U.S. Senators issued a statement decrying the depiction of torture in the film as not accurate, and CIA acting director Michael Morell stated that the film "takes significant artistic license." Documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney, who won an Oscar for torture documentary "Taxi to the Dark Side," laid out the reported facts of the case against the film's fiction. On the other hand, The Atlantic writer Mark Bowden writes that No, "Zero Dark Thirty" Is Not Pro-Torture. Bowden, himself an expert on the subject (his most »


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