Midway through The Report, writer-director Scott Z. Burns’ firebrand account of a congressional study into the CIA’s use of torture (or “enhanced interrogation techniques”), Daniel Jones (Adam Driver) cannot believe his eyes. Bleary and exhausted as the Senate’s lead investigator, he’s staring at a television screen which is advertising a new Hollywood movie with awards season buzz: Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty. Marketed as the movie about “how we got bin Laden,” it is also the latest and flashiest twist in a media narrative that suggests “Eit” torture sessions provided actionable intelligence. The problem, however, is that narrative’s a myth; and even then, torture remains illegal.
At this point in 2012, about halfway into what became a grueling six-year investigation, it seemed like only Jones and