Documents show Pentagon gave Hollywood special access for bin Laden movie – News – Stripes

In the months after the successful U.S. military mission that killed Osama bin Laden, Pentagon officials met with Hollywood filmmakers and gave them special access in an effort to influence the creation of a film about the operation, newly released documents show.

Emails and meeting transcripts obtained from the Pentagon and CIA through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by the watchdog group Judicial Watch suggest that officials went out of their way to assist the filmmakers, while trying to avoid the public learning of their cooperation.

Director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal, who won Oscars for their 2009 Iraq war movie, “The Hurt Locker,” were granted access to a Navy SEAL who was involved in planning the raid, according to a transcript of a meeting that took place last July.

via Documents show Pentagon gave Hollywood special access for bin Laden movie – News – Stripes.

I’m finding myself pretty “meh” about this whole controversy. The SEALs, for all their clandestine tendencies, have long been pretty astute about public relations, and not shy about using publicity to enhance their standing in the budget wars.

Sure, Bigelow’s movie was originally intended to be a campaign ad for Obama. That’s just what Hollywood does.  Just what sort of classified information the producers might have been exposed to is beyond me.  As a practical matter, if the White House releases information, it is no longer classified.  Whether that release is wise or not is up for debate, but the ability of the President to declassify information is not.

And one  can hardly whine about the danger of leaks and the security of the SEALs when six months ago most of us on the political right were cheering the release of the movie Act of Valor, filmed with genuine SEALs as the main characters.

The Obama administration has been a monumental disaster on so many fronts, we don’t need to damage our credibility by manufacturing outrages.

5 thoughts on “Documents show Pentagon gave Hollywood special access for bin Laden movie – News – Stripes”

  1. Yeah, I would agree that it’s hard to get worked up about it. There is always a good chance that the military will be displeased with the results anyway (remember how the Marine Corps withdrew their support before the release of “Heartbreak Ridge”?)

    If it does come out in time to act as an campaign ad, it would be offensive, but if the economy continues to suck, it won’t help him much. Filming and editing an actual film take a long time – it might be useful, however, if he wins and amends the Constitution to run for a third term.

  2. Well, the access as I understand it was a bit more extensive than what you indicate. According to REP Peter King, the director of the upcoming film was allowed access to a facility who’s name had to be redacted from the public record as well as interviewing a person(s) (name(s) redacted) who was identified as the mission planner and commander of some unnamed military unit. If these people and places are so secret they can’t be revealed to the public why is a director of a film with no security clearance being allowed in there and talking with these people about otherwise SECRET operations? There are many other options available to get authenticity.

    Yes, there are a lot worse things going on to concentrate on. No I don’t think this is something that Republicans could ride to victory but it is one more example of the kids that are in charge of things right now. I also think there is a marked difference between the things done for Act of Valor and this.

  3. I also wish I could say I am surprised . . . yet considering the dishonor this
    administration and its kow-towing congress and senate has brought to our
    nation . . . we are lightyears past “High Crimes and Misdemeanors”. We
    have reached a point where charges of a far more serious nature would
    be appropriate, for multiple issues, sadly.

    It is why I had to let my term finish out following the election. And that was
    something I did not wish to do.

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