McCain rejects torture scene in ‘Zero Dark Thirty’



Jessica Chastain stars in “Zero Dark Thirty.” The National Board of Review has named the docudrama best film of the year. (AP Photo)

WASHINGTON  — The movie “Zero Dark Thirty” suggests that the CIA’s harsh interrogation techniques led to Osama bin Laden. Republican Sen. John McCain watched the movie Monday night and says it left him sick — because it’s wrong.


McCain has said the waterboarding of al-Qaida’s No. 3 leader, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, did not provide information that led to the bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan. McCain said Tuesday that he was provided a copy of the movie and the filmmakers fell “hook, line and sinker” for the notion that enhanced interrogation provided the critical information.


The Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman, Dianne Feinstein, also has said waterboarding of Mohammed did not produce the tip that led to bin Laden.


McCain spent 5 1/2 years enduring brutal treatment by his North Vietnamese captors.