Congressman calls for CIA and Pentagon to investigate Kathryn Bigelow’s Bin Laden film

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Republican Rep. Peter King of New York, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, is worried that the White House may have granted director Kathryn Bigelow access to confidential information as she prepares to film her new untitled movie about the killing of Osama bin Laden. The paranoid King sent a letter to both the CIA and the Defense Department on Tuesday, seeking a full investigation.

King is nervous that Bigelow, coming off her Oscar win for The Hurt Locker, could end up being an unwitting saboteur. He said via telephone:

"I'm very concerned that any sensitive information could be disclosed in a movie. The procedures and operations that we used in this raid are very likely what we'll use in other raids. There's no way a director would know what could be tipping off the enemy."

During a Wednesday news briefing, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney called King's claims "ridiculous." He said, "We do not discuss classified information [with the media]. And I would hope that as we face the continued threat from terrorism, the House Committee on Homeland Security would have more important topics to discuss than a movie."

I understand that, as the Homeland Security chairman, King is supposed to consider all contingencies, but at the same time, I don't envision members of al-Qaeda sitting around with a bucket of popcorn and Twizzlers, dissecting a Kathryn Bigelow flick in hopes of discovering clues on how to defeat the infidels. What this is really all about, it seems, is the fact that the movie is slated to be released in October 2012, three weeks before election day, and King is afraid that the Obama White House will receive timely, favorable treatment.

In his letter, King wrote, "The Administration's first duty in declassifying material is to provide full reporting to Congress and the American people, in an effort to build public trust through transparency of government. In contrast, this alleged collaboration belies a desire of transparency in favor of a cinematographic view of history."

In response, Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal denied any possibility of a pro-Obama bias existing in the movie, pointing out that the hunt for Bin Laden encompassed the Clinton and Bush administrations as well. In a statement to the media they said, "This was an American triumph, both heroic and non-partisan, and there is no basis to suggest that our film will represent this enormous victory otherwise."