Or do they? Maybe they planned their own humiliation as part of some complicated, mirrors within mirrors game of espionage! How would we know? Ok, this is unlikely. Anyway, back to our story.
There are a number of different issues here. The first is that no one in the defense and intelligence community that I know of (or have read online) believes that torture led us to Bin Laden. The second is that the criminals in the Bush administration were never properly reprimanded by Obama (in other words, they were not charged with crimes that they had committed), and thus even though the Obama administration stopped the torture, or we think they did, they are compromised by their failure to punish the guilty.
And so it turns out that the Obama administration and the intelligence community cooperated in extraordinary ways with a filmmaker that was going to turn around and attack them in an area where they are compromised yet, in an odd way, innocent, stirring up an issue they wish would just go away.
What do I mean they cooperated in extraordinary ways? Consider this: Kathryn Bigelow met the woman who in real life did what the heroine of the movie is going to be shown to do. Now, the person, in real life is still covert. "Who cleared Bigelow to allow her to meet this person and know her real role? Why was she cleared? What else was she told?", you can just imagine the opponents to the Obama administration rubbing their hands in anticipatory glee.
(In a further post, we will go over some nuances here about torture).