Senators Target CIA For Its Involvement with Hollywood

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June 24, 2016—Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and the committee’s ranking Democrat, Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) want the Director of National Intelligence to submit yearly reports giving congressional oversight committees access to detailed information pertaining to the relationship between Hollywood and the CIA.

From VICE News:

“Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein, the Republican chairman and ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, included an amendment in the annual intelligence-spending bill passed late last month that calls for the Director of National Intelligence to submit an annual report to congressional oversight committees detailing how the CIA and 15 other intelligence agencies interact with the entertainment industry.”

The news organization has reported in the past that, in the period between 2006 and 2011, the CIA’s Office of Public Affairs (OPA) “supported” 22 projects from the US entertainment industry. Including TV shows Top Chef and Covert Affairs, Air America, a documentary from the History Channel, The Secret War on Terror, a BBC documentary, and big Hollywood blockbusters Argo and Zero Dark Thirty.

In documents unveiled by Judicial Watch, the CIA claims that officials gave the makers of the Zero Dark Thirty film “secret level” access. Not unsurprisingly, filmmakers Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal, who were behind Zero Dark Thirty, allegedly “showered” CIA officers involved in the Osama bin Laden operation with gifts before the CIA granted them with special privileges.

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