Judicial Watch, a watchdog group which investigates and fights government corruption, received documents from the DOD and CIA via the Freedom of Information Act on Friday. Their request came after numerous concerns were raised about whether or not Hollywood screenwriters were given access to classified information for a new movie being made about the Osama bin Laden raid.
The writers in question are Katherine Bigelow and Mark Boal. Bigelow is an outspoken supporter of Barack Obama.
One of the conversations they cite –
“The basic idea is they’ll make a guy available who was involved from the beginning as a planner, a SEAL Team 6 Operator and Commander,” McRaven said.
“That’s dynamite,” Boal replied, according to the transcript.
Bigelow, best known for “The Hurt Locker,” also chimed in. “That’s incredible,” she said, gratefully.
“He’ll speak for operators and he’ll speak for senior military commanders,” Vickers continued, adding that the designated SEAL would essentially be a mouthpiece for McRaven and Olson. “The only thing we ask is that you not reveal his name in any way as a consultant because again it’s the same thing, he shouldn’t be talking out of school…
Rep. Peter King said recently that –
Pakistani informants involved in the raid had been arrested and such leaks also “put in danger the mission’s heroes and their families. Privately, individuals in the intelligence and special operations communities expressed support for my request for a probe. I look forward to an update on the investigation and actions taken thus far.” [The Pakistani doctor who helped us is on trial in Pakistan for treason.]
King said he received a Dec. 23 letter from the Pentagon’s inspector general informing him that the office launched a formal investigation into “actions taken by Defense Department personnel related to the release of information to the filmmakers.”
In a statement released Wednesday, King, the Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, said –
“After reviewing these emails, I am even more concerned about the possible exposure of classified information to these filmmakers, who as far as I know, do not possess security clearances. The email messages indicate that the filmmakers were allowed an unprecedented visit to a classified facility, so secret that its name is redacted in the released email.
If this facility is so secret that the name cannot even be seen by the public, then why in the world would the Obama Administration allow filmmakers to tour it?” [Many Congressmen are not allowed to have this information]
Speaking of Kathryn Bigelow, the director of the film, King said on CNN’s Starting Point on Wednesday: “She was taken to locations and sites that are not even mentioned and have been blacked out of the reports… because they are sensitive. Yet she was taken to them and other people who were involved with her were taken there…This to me requires more investigation.”
According to the released documents, at a briefing on July 14, 2011, Undersecretary of Defense Michael Vickers said that he could make available to the filmmakers a “planner, SEAL Team 6 Operator and Commander,” whose name was later blacked out in the documents.
The filmmakers were also taken to “The Vault,” according to the documents, which is a part of the CIA building where the planning for the bin Laden raid took place. King called such a visit “absolutely shocking.”
[I can see these Hollywood-ites leaking this information at a cocktail party after having a few which is possibly how Maureen Dowd of the NY Timesgot the original information.]
The CIA informed Rep. King in an earlier statement that it was developing “a written policy to create a single point of reference that will govern future interactions with the entertainment industry.”
The documents are available from Judicial Watch –
Judicial Watch: (Washington, DC) – …The records, obtained pursuant to court order in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed on January 21, 2012, include 153 pages of records from the DOD and 113 pages of records from the CIA (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Defense (No. 1:12-cv-00049)). The documents were delivered to Judicial Watch late last Friday (May 18). The following are [edited by Sentinel] the highlights from the records –
- A transcript of a July 14, 2011, meeting between DOD officials, including Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael Vickers, Bigelow and Boal indicates that Boal met directly with White House officials on at least two occasions regarding the film: “I took your guidance and spoke to the WH and had a good meeting with Brennan and McDonough and I plan to follow up with them; and they were forward leaning and interested in sharing their point of view; command and control; so that was great, thank you,” Boal said according to the transcript. …
- The July 14, 2011, meeting transcript also reveals that the DOD provided the filmmakers with the identity of a “planner, SEAL Team 6 Operator and Commander.” (The name is blacked out in the document.) In proposing the arrangement, Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael Vickers said: “The only thing we ask is that you not reveal his name in any way as a consultant because . . . he shouldn’t be talking out of school.” …
- A July 13, 2011, internal CIA email indicates that Bigelow and Boal were granted access to “the Vault,” which is described the CIA building where some of the tactical planning for the bin Laden raid took place: “I was given your name as the POC in [redacted] who could determine the feasibility of having a potential walk-through of…the Vault in the [redacted] building that was used for some of the tactical planning in the Bin Laden Raid [sic]…Please continue reading at Judicial Watch, it is worth the time
Rep. Peter King was ridiculed last year for saying that Hollywood filmmakers were given classified information. He sent complaints to the Pentagon and an investigation is now underway.
MSNBC interview with Rep. Peter King begins at 2:41
Jay Carney was lying in the video below when he ridiculed Rep. King’s concerns expressed last year. Carney is now surpassing Robert Fibbs as one of the Truth Team’s most expert purveyors of propaganda –