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“…another top-notch documentary from Michael Kirk, who has extensively chronicled the legacy of Iraq and war against terrorism…”—Variety

When Zero Dark Thirty premiered in 2012, the Hollywood film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden became a blockbuster hit. The CIA worked with the filmmakers, and the movie portrayed the agency’s controversial “enhanced interrogations”—widely described as torture—as a key to uncovering information that led to the finding and killing of bin Laden.

FRONTLINE reveals the many challenges to this version of history, and the inside story of how it came to be. Drawing on recently declassified documents and interviews with prominent political leaders and CIA insiders, Secrets, Politics and Torture is a deep investigation of the agency’s top-secret interrogation program: how it began, what it accomplished, and the bitter fight in Washington over the public outing of its existence.

From the CIA’s use of black site prisons in Thailand, Lithuania, Afghanistan, and Poland, to its destruction of nearly 100 hours of videotaped interrogations (and Congress’s fury upon finding out), to the Senate’s standoff with the CIA, Secrets, Politics and Torture tells the dramatic inside story of one of the CIA’s most controversial programs.


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