As I sit here typing this, the American economy is crumbling. Stocks are plummeting, America’s credit is terrible, and Europe seems to be in even worse shape. It’s at times like these that we turn to our leaders, looking for action. So of course Congress is investigating Kathryn Bigelow’s movie about killing Osama bin Laden instead.
Written by Mark Boal, the film is to be Bigelow’s first movie since winning Oscars with The Hurt Locker. It’s actually more about Seal Team Six, the guys who killed Osama and interestingly, was written before bin Laden was killed. It was later rewritten to include that happy, ding dong Osama’s dead, ending. Congress’s problem, or rather one Rep. Peter King’s problem with the movie, is that he’s worried the White House has granted Bigelow and Sony Pictures access to confidential information in order to help them with their project.
Or at least that’s what he cites as the reason for stirring up controversy while talking to the media. King is the chairman of the house committee on Homeland Security and Tuesday he sent a letter to the CIA and the Department of Defense asking them to mount an investigation. He says, “The procedures and operations that we used in this raid are very likely what we'll use in other raids. There’s no way a director would know what could be tipping off the enemy.”
First, I wasn’t aware that the United States was going to make a habit out of running around the world assassinating political figures. Or rather I wasn’t aware they were willing to admit that they’re doing that. By saying that the government will want to use this technique in other raids, isn’t King admitting as much? Who’s the guy who can’t keep a secret here? Quiet you.
Later on in the article he goes on to say, “The fact that the movie is going to be released three weeks before election day, the people at the CIA told me they had no idea that this was the plan… They were never told it was gonna come out so close to election day.” Wait, why does that matter? Actually I don’t think Mr. King gives a shit about any kind of national security risk. It seems more likely that the Republican congressman is concerned about the positive effect this movie could have on the public perception of President Obama and the Democratic party.
For their part the White House has rejected King’s claims that they’ve done anything improper. In a statement released today the White House confirmed, “The claims are ridiculous. We do not discuss classified information. And I would hope that as we face the continued threat from terrorism, the House Committee on Homeland Security would have more important topics to discuss than a movie.” You’d think so, wouldn’t you?
Meanwhile the film’s director Kathryn Bigelow seems to be wondering why in the world King assumes this is going to be a partisan film. She says, “This was an American triumph, both heroic and non-partisan, and there is no basis to suggest that our film will represent this enormous victory otherwise.”