“Zero Dark Thirty” is one of the hottest, most anticipated movies of the year and is receiving a lot of oscar buzz after receiving several Golden Globe nominations. The movie gives a nail-biting account of the decade-long hunt for the world’s most wanted man. While the movie critics seem to love the movie there are others like New York Republican Congressman Peter King believe that director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal got access to classified info to make their movie. King who is also chairman of the house homeland security committee joins “Starting Point” this morning to discuss the movie controversy.
King says he asked for the investigation on the film a year and a half ago because “there were many examples I felt had too much collusion” and people who are operators came to him with concerns over pressure. King adds that this is not his investigation and the call for a full investigation of the movie and its film director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal came to be after findings from a preliminary investigation commissioned by the Inspector General and the U.S. Defense Department. King goes on to say that it is a fact that the movie producers used democratic lobbyists to gain access to special operators, CIA locations and sensitive information. King says he was told by the CIA that as a result of their own findings they have “changed procedures based on the inappropriate action that was taken by a number of people in the CIA at the pressure of the administration.” The congressman stresses he has “no problem with the movie” and gives the president “tremendous credit” for killing Osama bin Laden. He says his concern is “having an administration lean on people in the Defense Department and the CIA to provide sensitive or perhaps classified information.”
King says that “when all the details come out there should be sanctions against anyone in the administration … there should be action taken, there should be names who did it and if they have to lose their jobs - if they pressured anyone, any special operator was pressured to talk to and to deal with anyone in Hollywood then that person I think should lose their jobs for requiring them to do that.”