Thursday, August 11, 2011

Navy Seals Movie - #3156 - Maureen Dowd's Loose Lips About Navy Seals Movie Causes Inquiry - American Thinker (2) GOP Rep Calls for Pentagon Probe Over Cooperation With Hollywood Movie About Bin Laden Raid - The Blaze (3) White House Photo Sparks Protest - Yahoo News

Representative Peter King (R-NY) read New York Times writer Maureen Dowd's latest column and quickly penned a letter to Gordon S. Heddell, Inspector General at the Department of Defense. Dowd's no stranger to controversy but with her latest New York Times article she seems to have placed "Cool Hand Barack" in a rather awkward position.  Dowd outed the administration's cozy arrangement with Oscar-winning couple Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal. The pair has a movie in production on the hunt and killing of Osama Bin Laden set to be released 3 weeks before voters head to the polls in 2012. Representative King has asked for an investigation into the "attendance of filmmakers at a meeting with special operators and Agency officers at CIA Headquarters."  Dowd's revelatory column was published the day after Taliban forces launched a rocket-propelled grenade and shot down a helicopter over Afghanistan killing 22 Navy Seals from the same unit as the commandos who took out Osama bin Laden on May 1. Not good.  The White House is also counting on the Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal big-screen version of the killing of Bin Laden to counter Obama's growing reputation as ineffectual. The Sony film by the Oscar-winning pair who made "The Hurt Locker" will no doubt reflect the president's cool, gutsy decision against shaky odds. The moviemakers are getting top-level access to the most classified mission in history from an administration that has tried to throw more people in jail for leaking classified information than the Bush administration.  Read more.........

GOP Rep Call for Pentagon Probe over Cooperation With Hollywood Movie About Bin Laden Raid - The Blade - A movie about Navy SEAL Team 6′s hunt for—and killing of—Osama bin Laden is well underway, and the creative team behind The Hurt Locker (which took 2009′s Best Picture Oscar and five other golden statues) is heading up production on the yet-untitled flick.  It’s the buzz of Hollywood.  But the buzz in Washington appears to be an “alleged collaboration,” as Homeland chief Peter King put it, between the filmmakers and the Pentagon, White House, and CIA—and it’s generating some odd plot twists.  Twist #1: The Pentagon confirmed it‘s giving mission information to the film’s screenwriter Mark Boal and director Kathryn Bigelow. Except why, wondered New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, would “an administration that has tried to throw more people in jail for leaking classified information than the Bush administration” now be so accommodating?  Read more...........

White House Photo Spark Protest - Yahoo - A White House photographer was allowed to take and widely distribute a photo from the ceremony Tuesday for the return of the remains of 30 American troops killed in a weekend helicopter crash in Afghanistan despite the Pentagon's claim that any public depiction of the scene would violate the wishes of bereaved families.  News media coverage of the ceremony had been banned by the Pentagon over the objections of several news organizations.  Pentagon officials had said that because 19 of 30 of the American families of the dead had objected to media coverage of the remains coming off a plane at Dover Air Force Base, no images could be taken. In addition, the Pentagon rejected media requests to take photos that showed officials at the ceremony but did not depict caskets.  President Barack Obama attended the ceremony, called a "dignified transfer," for those killed in the worst single loss of the nearly 10-year war. An official White House photo of a saluting Obama was distributed to news media and published widely. It also was posted on the White House website as the "Photo of the Day." It showed Obama and other officials in silhouette and did not depict caskets.  Read more.........

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