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    A fictional adaptation of the CIA 's hunt for Osama bin Laden, the blockbuster film Zero Dark Thirty directed by Kathryn Bigelow presents us with a number of important ethical questions. Along with a parallel theme surrounding torture, seen in the film, as well as felt through the audience. Following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Osama bin Laden becomes one of the most-wanted men on the planet. The worldwide manhunt for the terrorist leader occupies the resources and attention of two U.S. presidential administrations. Ultimately, it is the work of a dedicated female operative, Maya, that proves instrumental in finally locating Bin Laden. In May 2011, Navy SEALs launch a nighttime strike, killing bin Laden in his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Bigelow triumphantly illustrates the slow-burning and painstakingly decade long process of capturing this Al Qaeda leader through her use of non—diegetic sound, extreme close-ups, and absence of color to reciprocate the torture occurring in the movie, and flawlessly reproduce the true story of the killing of Osama bin Laden. The first scene I analyzed was at the eighth minute mark. As the movie begins, our protagonist, Maya, is seen entering a CIA "Black Site" to witness her first interrogation. When the interrogated detainee fails to give Maya 's mentor Dan the information he wants, Dan ties the captive down, covers his face with a cloth, and starts pouring water onto it. This practice, known as "waterboarding," is one of…

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    “Sometimes you have to pick the gun up to put the gun down” -Malcolm X. I’m certain that every sane person reading this has never wanted to literally kill someone. We all joke around saying “I’m going to kill you!!” but obviously, we never actually do. What if that actually meant something? What if we really are going to kill you? This has happened many times in this course of human events; and it is by no means wrong to have such serious thoughts. This is not only on the singular person scale,…

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    Benefits Of Torture Essay

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    Imagine being chained in a small box, naked, scared, and hungry, but you killed dozens of people in an attack you performed. Would you expect remorse? Some people believe that torture violates rights and is an all in all horrific form of treatment. On the other hand, others think that torture is great to a point when it is used correctly. Although torture can be gruesome and harmful, some people believe it can be extremely beneficial to America regarding acts of terrorism. Throughout the…

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    accomplished by our country on Divine Mercy Sunday.” Finding this irony at the beginning the middle and the end of Mr. Clark’s paper, shows the reader that this device is his main point. This very well could have been reason for his writing of this paper. I can see Patrick Clark first hearing of the death of Osama Bin Laden, and later the way that the press approached it. Then thinking to himself about what a horrible thing to do to any individual. Later he might have read what I read from the…

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    amendment illegally and offering support, when Congress learned that the CIA had been responsible for the destruction of harbors in Nicaragua the were infuriated. The Second Boland amendment was created to put an end to any and all support to the Contras from the United States. The second Boland amendment was much more specific, making sure that no loopholes could be found, it read “No appropriations or funds made available pursuant to this [authorization bill] to the Central Intelligence…

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    Appeal Of Emotion Essay

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    Appeal of Emotion The appeal of emotion, otherwise known as pathos, is used to connect with the audience in a more emotional level and is used to capitalize on specific events that the author is trying to speak about. Pathos can be used on any emotion, and is often used to make things relatable with the audience so they feel a certain pull towards the subject being talked about. Although pathos is powerful and important when it comes to rhetoric, it can be misused, which is suggested by Kendra…

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    Taliban Research Papers

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    do not agree with the soldiers killing Laden but it is proved to be self-defense. When Bin Laden’s death was being planned only President Obama and a few other people knew about it. Obama said the attack took place to avoid civilian casualties. While they were planning a phone call with Bin Laden is what had caused the raid. While the helicopters were heading out a tweet got sent out by Sohaib Althar saying “Helicopter hovering over Abbottabad at one a.m.” said Athar. Later after the first…

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    He points out flaws and fictional parts of the movie. ‘The Shooter’, however have some things to say to the report, he said “The actors playing Seal Team 6, the special missions unit that staged the raid on Bin Laden’s compound, talked too much. No one would ever yell “Breacher” when calling for someone to blow down a door.” He also pointed out that instead of yelling they would use hand signals like when you wanted a breach you would put you fist up to your helmet. He also said “When the…

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    Islamic state. George Bush promised American citizens retribution and started the global campaign on terror. Although we significantly disrupted Al Qaeda from 2001 to 2011, our actions and the implementation of a democratic state fueled the rise of ISIS. Four weeks ago ISIS coordinated attacks in Paris, which has been recorded as one of the worst terrorist attacks on French soil. Following this tragedy and other ISIS claimed attacks recently, the United States and other coalition forces are…

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    In 1948, within NSC 10/2, George Kenna surmised that covert actions are “planned and conducted that any U.S. government responsibility for them is not evident to unauthorized persons and that if uncovered the U.S. Government can plausibly disclaim any responsibility for them” (Johnson 2007). This statement entrenched a high standard for future covert operations to strive to remain clandestine, which is a seemingly improbable feat to achieve. Indeed, most covert operations have the intention to…

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