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The Report (2019)

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I had mixed feelings about this one, but I came out slightly positive. 



There is a painful laugh-out-loud moment near the end of The Report, Scott Z. Burns’s docudrama about the Senate Oversight Committee’s attempts to investigate the CIA’s use of torture in the wake of 9/11. The Senate Democrats are caucusing, and one member opines that if they release a report critical of the CIA under the Bush administration, nothing will keep the Republicans from going after health care or gun control or attempting to use the power of office to cast their political opponents in a bad light.

The scene is a painful reminder of the ways that the political landscape has and has not changed in the nearly twenty years since 9/11. The Report is at its best when it insists that the torture isn’t the real scandal so much as the politicizing of oversight. Senate staffer Daniel J. Jones (Adam Driver) remarks at one point that the “enhanced interrogation techniques” practiced in the aftermath of 9/11 were used in South and Latin America in the 1970s and in Vietnam before that. (He also remarks that the CIA’s own evaluation of such techniques in both those contexts was that they simply didn’t work.)



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