Watching Zero Dark Thirty? Join ISNA in Spreading “Fact Not Fiction” About Torture
Zero Dark Thirty is a critically acclaimed film that has been nominated for many awards and opened in theaters this past Friday. Unfortunately, the film has led some people to falsely believe that torture produced critical intelligence for our country. In order to help explain why torture is illegal, immoral, and ineffective, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) has launched a nationwide “Fact Not Fiction Campaign.”
The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) is a founding board member of NRCAT and urges American Muslims nationwide to participate in “Fact Not Fiction.” Here are some of the facts:
In December 2012, the Senate Intelligence Committee approved with a bipartisan vote a 6,000-page report on the results of a three-year investigation into the CIA torture program. This report contains the facts about torture. Here is what senators who are privy to the report said:
“[The] CIA did not first learn about the existence of the [Osama bin Laden] courier from detainees subjected to coercive interrogation techniques. Nor did the agency discover the courier’s identity from detainees subjected to coercive techniques.”
– Joint statement from: Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Chairman, Senate Intelligence Committee, and Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) Chairman, Senate Armed Services Committee
“It was not torture or cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment of detainees that got us the major leads that ultimately enabled our intelligence community to find Osama bin Laden.”
– Senator John McCain (R-AZ)
Leon Panetta, Secretary of Defense and former CIA Director, also said:
“In the end, no detainee in CIA custody revealed the facilitator/courier’s full true name or specific whereabouts. This information was discovered through other intelligence means.”
ISNA urges you to join NRCAT’s “Fact Not Fiction” campaign by:
- Organizing a screening of NRCAT’s 20-minute film, Ending U.S.-Sponsored Torture Forever, in your congregation or at home with friends. Watch the video today, order a copy of the DVD, and let us know that you will organize a screening.
- Asking President Obama to urge the Senate Intelligence Committee to publicly release a multi-year investigative report on the torture of detainees.
- Signing up here for more information.