Filmmakers were granted secret, unprecedented access to information about the Osama Bin Laden raid.
Director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal (they won Oscars for “The Hurt Locker” a while back — a pretty good flick) were given documents, the identity of a Navy SEAL who was involved in the planning of the raid, and a first-hand look at behind-the-scenes operations.
Meanwhile, average American citizens have been unable to access the information and some have even been tossed in jail for leaking information. Fellow average citizen and New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd pointed out last August that these filmmakers were getting “top-level access to the most classified mission in history.”
That apparently didn’t set well with Judicial Watch, an organization that focuses on rooting out political corruption. They filed a lawsuit backed up by the Freedom of Information Act and got their hands on hundreds of pages from the Pentagon and the CIA.
Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, expressed his concern over the discovery, “politically connected filmmakers were given extraordinary and secret access to Bin Laden raid information.”
This ordeal has raised some serious questions about security clearnace and the double standards between people who “know a guy” and the average US citizen. Was the administration simply trying to help tell an important story in the military history, or was it giving preferential treatment to achieve a political goal?