December 11th, 2012

AC360 VIDEO: ‘Zero Dark Thirty’: Did Torture Really Net Bin Laden?

The highly anticipated movie, “Zero dark Thirty”, tells the compelling story of the search for Osama Bin Laden but also distorts the story in ways that could give the misleading picture that coercive interrogation techniques used by the CIA on al Qaeda detainees – such as waterboarding, physical abuse and sleep deprivation – were essential to tracking down al Qaeda’s leader.

This week, the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee plans to vote on whether to approve the as-yet unreleased findings of a 6,000-page report about its three-year investigation into the secret CIA interrogation program that is depicted in “Zero Dark Thirty.”

This report promises to be the definitive assessment of the intelligence value of the CIA’s coercive interrogation techniques. After the examination of millions of pages of evidence, the chairmen of the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Senate Armed Services Committee have publicly stated that coercive interrogation techniques such as waterboarding did not provide the information that led to bin Laden.


CNN’s national security analyst, Peter Bergen and former CIA agent Bob Baer discuss the reaction to interrogation scenes in a film that portrays the hunt for Osama bin Laden.