The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee has begun an examination of the contacts between the CIA and the makers of Zero Dark Thirty, which has come under intense criticism in Washington for its depiction of torture during the hunt for Osama bin Laden. A committee headed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein will try to determine if the CIA granted inappropriate access to director Kathryn Bigelow or screenwriter Mark Boal.
The senators want to determine "whether CIA personnel are responsible for the portrayal of harsh interrogation practices, and in particular the suggestion that they were effective."
Senators John McCain and Carl Levin, expressed outrage over what they believe is the erroneous suggestion in the film that torture led to information that helped kill bin Laden. The senators sent a sharply worded letter to Sony Pictures, Zero Dark Thirty's distributor, asking that a disclosure be added to the movie.