- Rush Limbaugh: ‘There is no journalism anymore’
- Scott Brown struggles for political traction in New Hampshire Senate race
- California’s Jerry Brown cites God, ‘religious call’ to embrace illegals
- Hamid Karzai’s cousin killed by suicide bomber at Eid al-Fitr party
- Obama thanks Muslims for ‘building the very fabric of our nation’
- Israel flattens home of top Hamas leader, takes out power plant
- Texas man arrested for powder-letter hoax
- Islamic State opens ‘marriage bureau’ for single jihadists
- Drone almost blocks California firefighting planes
- Tornado rips off roofs, downs trees near Boston
Rep. King: CIA, Pentagon too close to filmmakers
Question of the Day
WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee chairman charged Wednesday that the CIA and Defense Department jeopardized national security by cooperating too closely with filmmakers producing a movie on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican, who is Homeland Security Committee chairman, first raised questions about the bin Laden movie last summer but said newly released documents confirm his suspicions.
Mr. King referred to documents obtained by Judicial Watch in a Freedom of Information Act request. He said the filmmakers received “extremely close, unprecedented, and potentially dangerous collaboration” from the Obama administration.
Judicial Watch said the documents show that the Defense Department granted Ms. Bigelow and Mr. Boal access to a “planner, operator and commander of SEAL Team 6” — the unit that killed bin Laden in Pakistan.
Other documents, Judicial Watch said, show that the filmmakers met with White House officials on at least two occasions about the film. A CIA email indicates that Ms. Bigelow and Mr. Boal were granted access to “the vault,” which is described as the CIA building where some of the tactical planning for the raid took place, Judicial Watch said.
Pentagon press secretary George Little disputed some of the allegations. He said that while a planner was suggested as a possible point of contact for information on the bin Laden raid, a meeting between that planner and the filmmakers never occurred.
He said that the Defense Department engages on a regular basis with the entertainment industry on movie projects and that the goal is to “make them as realistic as possible. We believe this is an important service that we provide.”
Mr. Little added that Pentagon officials did meet with producers of the film, but he said, “We have never reviewed a script of the movie.”
Mr. Little also denied that the cooperation was an attempt to boost President Obama’s election chances and said the movie would not be out until after the election.
There was no immediate comment from the CIA or the White House.
TWT Video Picks
- Hillary Clinton: Forget Obama, George W. Bush made her 'proud to be an American'
- Border surge puts Obama legacy on immigration at stake
- White House says Russia 'losing' war in Ukraine
- D.C. seeks to stay judge's order allowing gun owners to carry in public
- EPSTEIN: All IRS roads lead to the archivist
- Illegal immigrants demand representation in White House meetings
- PRUDEN: When the hangman botches the job
- Federal appeals court rules against Virginia's gay marriage ban
- KEENE: Thinking outside nanny-state box with Paul Ryan
- Obama thanks Muslims for 'building the very fabric of our nation'
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq