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The Conversation about Torture We Need to Have: Blaming 'Zero Dark Thirty' Misses the Point
New York Daily News (2013)
  • Michael D. Cooper,, Esq., Georgetown University Law Center
  • Jennifer Trahan
Abstract

Oscar-contender “Zero Dark Thirty” has reduced the torture debate to one question: Did torture help us find Osama Bin Laden or did it not? Stated more broadly: Does torture work or doesn’t it? Yet, this does-it-work-or-not debate misses the point. Whether or not it works, torture is morally repugnant, reprehensible, and illegal - as a matter of both international law and domestic U.S. law. Furthermore, the debate over “Zero Dark Thirty” has shifted public condemnation toward the filmmakers and away from those whom we should rightfully hold accountable.

Keywords
  • torture,
  • zero dark thirty,
  • osama bin laden
Publication Date
January 25, 2013
Citation Information
Michael D. Cooper, and Jennifer Trahan. "The Conversation about Torture We Need to Have: Blaming 'Zero Dark Thirty' Misses the Point" New York Daily News (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/michael_d_cooper/3/