Secretary of State and former CIA director Mike Pompeo added a new sequence to his bow: the film critic. Although Pompeo rejects "The Report" as fiction, the torture reported in the movie was real and had deadly consequences.
Released last month, "The Report" follows the story of Senate employee Daniel Jones, working to compile a 6,700-page report on CIA detention and interrogation programs after 9/11. The film goes from political disputes in Washington to ensure the report is released, to brutal torture scenes reported in report itself – or at least the unreduced part we can read.
Pompeo was not impressed. Calling the movie "fiction," he tweeted a scathing critique on Friday. “To be clear,” he wrote, “the bad guys are not our warriors of intelligence. The bad guys are the terrorists. To my former colleagues and all @CIA patriots who have kept us safe since September 11: America supports you, defends you, and has your back. Me too."
I watched "The Report". Fiction. To be clear: the bad guys are not our warriors of intelligence. The bad guys are the terrorists. To my former colleagues and all the patriots of @CIA that have kept us safe since September 11: America supports, defends, and has its back. Me too.
– Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) December 27, 2019
The world of Pompeo, where "good guys" deliver justice to "bad guys" and "intelligence warriors" fight "terrorists," has already been portrayed in CIA jingoistic plays like "Zero Dark Thirty" and & # 39; Jack Ryan & # 39; from Amazon. The Report clearly bothers Pompeo because it is based on real and shameful nonfiction.
The film shows the graphic torture of detainee Abu Zubaydah, captured in Pakistan in 2002 and transported to the so-called "black site" in Thailand. There he was boarded almost to death, physically assaulted by CIA officers, deprived of food, sleep and clothing, and forced to spend more than 11 days in a 'confinement box'. the size of a coffin. Meanwhile, then-CIA director Michael Hayden lied to Congress in 2007 about the severity of the techniques used at Zubaydah and the effectiveness of torture in obtaining information.
The "good guys" who interrogated Zubaydah later destroyed the videotapes of the interrogations in 2005, according to instructions from the agency's current director, Gina Haspel. These tapes also featured the interrogation of an Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who was threatened with a pistol and an electric drill and sodomized by the interrogators.
An advisor to CIA CEO Kyle “Dusty” Foggo later wrote in an e-mail that “the heat of destruction (the tapes) is nothing compared to what it would be if tapes entered the (public) public domain… it would be devastating for us. "
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& # 39; The Report & # 39; also refers to the death of Gul Rahman, who faced similar treatment in a CIA-administered secret prison in Afghanistan in 2002. Rahman was handcuffed and forced to remain in stressful positions. for days on end, covered in cold and cold water, and found dead from hypothermia on the concrete floor of his cell three weeks after his arrival on the scene.
Although Pompeo claims that CIA actions "have kept us safe since September 11," the Senate torture report shows no evidence that any usable information has been extracted through torture. "If it works, why do you have to do it 183 times?" Says Senator Dianne Feinstein in a scene in "The Report", referring to the repeated waterboarding practices of the September 11, 11-year-old suspect, Khalid Sheikh. Mohammed
Even if someone sanctions the use of torture on genuinely "bad" men, many of the suspects arrested by the CIA have never been found guilty in court. Zubaydah is currently languishing in US military custody at the Guantanamo detention camp, and has never been charged with any crime. Rahman was not charged with any crime before his death, and Sheikh Mohammed is awaiting trial on war crimes charges – although his 2007 confessions to a series of terrorist crimes were obtained under torture and may be inadmissible.
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Pompeo clearly prefers endless repetitions of "Zero Dark Thirty" anything that might jeopardize the reputation of your former agency. Although some have argued While the second half of the film – which sees lawyers and bureaucrats trying to stop Jones's investigation – is overstated, the fact remains that the CIA has unnecessarily tortured suspects for years with little supervision and tried to destroy the evidence.
Pompeo is not alone in torturing his thumb up. President Trump emerged as an advocate for torture in the 2016 campaign, with his statements receiving significant criticism. Still, a 2017 search revealed that Americans were almost equally divided in the use of torture.
Public opinion can be divided, but one thing no one believes is that the harrowing stories portrayed in the film and the Senate report are "fiction."
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