The 's Greatest Manhunt For Osama Bin Laden Essay

1723 Words Oct 20th, 2014 7 Pages
Presented as “the story of history’s greatest manhunt for the world’s most dangerous man” (Mayer), Zero Dark Thirty is the dramatization of the search for al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Centering on the work of Maya Lambert, a Central Intelligence Agency officer, the film has raised controversy due to its historical inaccuracy in depicting torture. The film justifies torture by portraying that enhanced interrogation techniques provided key information in the hunt for Osama bin Laden. In the film, Maya Lambert locates Osama bin Laden by following a lead from a tortured detainee. However, the information that led to the killing of the al-Qaeda leader was the result of tireless research and deductive reasoning. Because many people will choose this movie over research to learn about the event, its inaccurate portrayal of history may misleadingly shape the public’s understanding of the effectiveness of torture. In 2003, Maya accompanies Dan, a fellow C.I.A. officer, to a secret location for interrogation of Ammar, a detainee who they believe is associated with the hijackers in the attacks of the World Trade Center. The character Ammar is based on Ammar al-Baluchi, the real-life nephew of al Qaeda leader Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Dan threatens and tortures Ammar to extract information from the detainee. Dan’s men push the detainee around while Dan threatens to hurt him if he lies. When Ammar refuses to reveal any information, Dan…

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