CIA Operative Trashes ‘Torture’ In Zero Dark Thirty: ‘Waterboarding Is Not Torture’

Author and former CIA operative Wayne Simmons sat down with the hosts of Fox & Friends on Wednesday to join many of his CIA colleagues in slamming the authenticity of the torture tactics depicted in the movie Zero Dark Thirty. In particular, he took issue with the prolific use of waterboarding in the film, saying that this is not a torture tactic but a valuable technique used to gain information from uncooperative terror suspects.

“It’s getting some good reviews out there for its authenticity, but you say there are some things that are wildly inaccurate,” Clayton Morris asked Simmons. He went on to single out the torture tactics depicted in the film and asked what Simmons thought was deceptive about that depiction.

He replied by saying that, personally, he did not feel that enhanced interrogation techniques constitute torture. “Waterboarding is not torture,” Simmons said. “It is simply a technique used to gain valuable information.”

“Number two, it was not the major reason – or a major reason – that we were able to find Osama bin Laden,” Simmons continued.

“That is not to say that the movie is not a fun movie and going to do well and you’ll probably have a good time watching it,” Simmons concluded, “but it’s a fantasy.”

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