The Senate Intelligence Committee released a lengthy—and gruesome—summary of the CIA’s use of torture that’s available to read online, but will be available in the form of a book come Dec. 30.
The report came out Tuesday and details the specific instances of torture CIA administered during the Bush administration, information that shows the torture techniques didn’t lead to any groundbreaking conclusions—and therefore proving that Zero Dark Thirty‘s seeming insistence that torture was an important part in the capture of Osama bin Laden wasn’t completely accurate.
Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty (released in 2012) told the story of bin Laden’s capture, a story that involved portraying torture—lots of it —onscreen. After the film hit theaters, many started associating the film’s narrative with Bigelow’s own personal views and assumed that by showing that torturing detainees led to capturing bin Laden, she was endorsing torture. Bigelow responded to these criticisms in a 2013 Los Angeles Times op-ed where she wrote, “Those of us who work in the arts know that depiction is not endorsement.”
She went on to write that we know torture was used in finding bin Laden, but “that doesn’t mean it was the key to finding bin Laden. It means it is a part of the story we couldn’t ignore.” Bigelow again addressed the matter after the CIA report came out Tuesday when she appeared on The Daily Show to promote a short film. “We made the movie based on the reporting that we did,” she told host Jon Stewart, according to the Associated Press. “I applaud transparency in government, so I think it’s good that it’s out there.”
The report released Tuesday is a 525-page executive summary—the full report is 6,700 pages—and will make up the contents of the upcoming book.