The Zero Dark Thirty files

The National Security Archive, a nonprofit founded by journalists and scholars in 1985 "to check rising government secrecy," has published all of the available official government documents about the mission to kill the leader of al-Qaeda.

The poster for the blockbuster movie Zero Dark Thirty features black lines of redaction over the title, which unintentionally illustrate the most accurate take-away from the film - that most of the official record of the hunt for Osama bin Laden is still shrouded in secrecy, according to the National Security Archive's ZD30 briefing book, posted today at The U.S. government's recalcitrance over releasing information directly to the public about the twenty-first century's most important intelligence search and military raid, and its decision instead to grant the film's producers exclusive and unprecedented access to classified information about the operation, means that for the time being – for bad or good – Hollywood has become the public's "account of record" for Operation Neptune Spear.

As often happens when the government declines on secrecy grounds to provide an authoritative account of a controversial event, leaked, unauthorized and untrustworthy versions rush to fill the void. In this extraordinary case, a Hollywood motion picture, with apparent White House, CIA, and Pentagon blessing and despite its historical inaccuracies, is now the closest thing to the official story behind the pursuit of bin Laden.

Browse the documents here.


    1. Thanks for the great link.  I’m very dissapointed in the recent softball interviews of Bigelow by Stewart and Colbert.

      She keeps telling us she’s just reporting things as they happened, but that’s a genuine crock of shit and it was disgusting to watch Colbert let her get away with that.

      She left out the part in REALITY where it’s shown that the use of torture not only didn’t help get Bin Laden, but it actually delayed his capture.

      Source that Bigelow, Stewart and Colbert are ignoring:

      Propaganda trash.  Bigelow should be ashamed of herself, but I guess money and fame mean more to her than being a decent, truthful human being.  What a loser.

      Thanks for nothing, Bigelow.

  1. The most infuriating thing about the whole Zero Dark Thirty scandal is that every single person forever forever forever forever spelled his name Osama Bin Laden… then he dies and all of a sudden it’s Usama Bin. I legit had no idea if they caught the most wanted man ever, or his lesser known brother. We had like 30 years to come to a consensus about what letter to start this asswad’s name with and then all of a sudden they just switch it up and NEVER offer an explanation. That’s the real scandal.

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