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February 6, 2013

Let's not mistake movies for history

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Other government officials and senators were even more emphatic about the perils of the movie being mistaken for history.

“The film creates the strong impression that the enhanced interrogation techniques … were the key to finding bin Laden,” Michael Morell, the acting CIA director, wrote to agency employees in December. “That impression is false.”

Senators Dianne Feinstein, Carl Levin and John McCain wrote a letter calling the movie “grossly inaccurate” and having “the potential to shape American public opinion in a disturbing and misleading manner.”

We’re certainly not saying Hollywood shouldn’t have creative license or needs to be held to historians’ standards. What’s important is that those of us who “saw the movie” know what’s real and what isn’t.

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