McCain Ticked Over Zero Dark Thirty Glorification of Torture

He has all-too-much first-hand knowledge of the practice


Republican senator John McCain says the Oscar-contending film Zero Dark Thirty left him sick because it portrayed torture as a vital to the mission to assassinate Osama bin Laden.

McCain, who spent 5 1/2 years enduring brutal treatment by his North Vietnamese captors during the Vietnam War, has insisted that the waterboarding of al-Qaida's third in command, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed did not provide information that led to the bin Laden's compound in Pakistan.

Yet the movie, which McCain saw earlier this week, indicates that's how the United States found the al-Qaida leader.

The filmmakers fell for it "hook, line and sinker," McCain said.