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Zero Dark Thirty, Affecting America
Describing the murder of Osama Bin Laden, Zero Dark Thirty remains top in the box office, garnering over five Oscar nominations and deeply affecting its audiences. Disturbing and poignant, this “R” rated production accurately depicts the nature of war in countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan, while viewers vicariously experience the violence of terror attacks and observe the involvement of America’s Military and Intelligence Communities. Scenes exhibiting torture techniques spark controversy, leading to discussions about the ethics surrounding their use. Lastly, the dramatic story highlights the career of Maya, a female CIA operative determined to bring about the capture of Osama Bin Laden. Zero Dark Thirty introduces viewers to the horrors of the war on terror and those who fight the battle, the controversial subject of torture, and the inspirational character Maya.
While dinning at a premier Pakistani hotel, Maya and her fellow diners’ lives abruptly change when the room around them explodes, the result of a suicide bomb. Through the portrayal of events such as these, Zero Dark Thirty reveals the horrific conditions under which American military and intelligence personnel work. Far from the minds of most American’s, but constantly in the minds of those on the front lines, looms the thought that each day could bring death for themselves or their colleagues. Living under these conditions, the mind snaps leaving one in every eight soldiers returning from overseas suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, proving that the pain of working in these circumstances scars the soul.
Zero Dark Thirty introduces not only the horrors of torture, but the necessity of obtaining information. Struggling with the idea of forcefully extracting information from detainees, America’s shifting political environment after a presidential...
...ZeroDarkThirtyZeroDarkThirty depicts the story of history’s greatest manhunt for the world’s most dangerous man. It begins with a black display with emergency dispatch calls from the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. The main character, Maya, joined the CIA after high school and was committed to finding Osama Bin Laden. Maya was in search of Bin Laden before 911, and his attacks on home soil that sparked a much grander effort by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and from the assist of nations around the world. The dark screen then fades into a closed room with an Al Qaeda detainee as CIA agents enter the room at an undisclosed location, known as a black site two years after the aerial attacks in New York. Another main character by the name of Dan accompanies Maya to coercive interrogation techniques to elicit important information about Bin Laden and his location.
Coercive techniques they apply to the Al Qaeda member, Ammar, consist being beaten while his hands are tied to the ceiling, humiliated by having to crawl naked in a dog leash, sleep deprivation caused by the loud heavy metal music, waterboardings (simulation of drowning by placing a rage on the face and pouring water), and locked into a wooden crate. I found these methods of torture harsh and inhumane. This was one of the many results that happened after the president’s response to the terrist...
...San Francisco Chronicle
Thursday, January 3, 2013
"ZeroDarkThirty" arrives in theaters already surrounded by controversy. Three U.S. senators (John McCain, Carl Levin and Dianne Feinstein) have called the film "grossly inaccurate and misleading" for its suggestion that the CIA's use of torture led to the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden. Director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal have countered that their movie does not favor torture but does accurately portray the events as related by CIA sources.
A movie review is no place to evaluate these conflicting claims, except to say that the film does seem to indicate that torture led the CIA to bin Laden, and in that way could be called "pro-torture." Yet more essential, at least for this discussion, is that "ZeroDarkThirty" is also one of the most innovative and best made films of the past year. Every now and then, even Dick Cheney gets to like a great movie.
Like Bigelow's Oscar-winning "The Hurt Locker," "ZeroDarkThirty" has a measured but jittery pace, a pulse to the camera work that creates the sense of seeing the world through the eyes of someone methodical, observant and tense. The eye hovers, takes in every detail and expects the worst. Bigelow has an ability that few filmmakers have, one that...
...‘The Lousiest Manhunt in History’
by Katrina Isabel V. Trillana
ZeroDarkThirty is a 2013 film directed by award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, and is a narration about the multiple time-skips of how Maya (Jessica Chastain), a new CIA recruit, beat the odds which led to Osama Bin Laden’s ultimate death.
“Our plane’s been hijacked. I hope I can be able to see your face again, baby. I love you! Goodbye!” were lines from the actual 9/11 audio footage at the beginning of the film and from that, I thought that ZeroDarkThirty would be an emotionally-touching action-packed movie. Because of an exciting plot, I expected it to be a thrilling film but it turned out to be despicably monotonous.
Set in the bustling streets and the danger-prone areas of the Middle East, the set design became largely influential to the film, and it added to the viewer’s experience. However, if I hadn’t known that the movie was directed by Academy-Award winner, Kathryn Bigelow, I would have thought that this was directed by an unknown director. The chapter-by-chapter time skip actually took the plot away from the movie -- it...
...ZeroDarkThirtyZeroDarkThirty was real was released in 2012 directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by Mark Boal. The movie followed the decade-long manhunt for Osama bin Laden, who was the leader for al Qaeda and responsible for the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States, ending with the military raid and his death in May of 2011. ZeroDarkThirty has been labeled as “the story of history’s greatest manhunt for the world’s most dangerous man. ZeroDarkThirty was nominated for five different Academy Awards, winning one, and was also nominated for four Golden Globe Awards also winning one of those. Overall I thought ZeroDarkThirty was an amazing movie and would recommend it to my friends to go see, just giving them a heads up on the movies violence and use of foul language. The three main things that I though made the movie so good was the lead actress Jessica Chastain acting as Maya. The movie was more like a documentary than a real movie and the sound editing in ZeroDarkThirty.
The first reason I really enjoyed ZeroDarkThirty was the acting of Jessica Chastain. I thought she did a really amazing job and played the role really well, also other...
10 November 2014
The Benefits of Torture
Over the decades, people have viewed torture has horrifying, inhumane, and excessive. In
the movie, ZeroDarkThirty, directed by Kathryn Bigelow, it was mainly used for interrogations
to obtain information from the detainees about certain people. In the film, there are many scenes
that display the superficial layers of enhanced interrogation and gives the viewers an automatic
response that torture is bad. While many viewers see that enhanced interrogation has many bad
aspects, did they ever wonder about the good ones? How it helped to save many lives? How it
helped to kill Osama bin Laden? Why it’s needed to prevent further troubles? Did people ever
consider the role of the torturer who suffers from conducting the acts? With much speculation,
this topic has become an intriguing argument. Without changing the side of the viewer, what
people must understand is that although our society perceives the thought of torture as being
violent and unjustifiable, there are actually good parts to it. For example, if the affiliates of
terrorists are being interrogated, aren’t speaking, and have plans to bomb certain places but you
don’t know when, it seems necessary to use some form of action to make them feel vulnerable
enough to speak because as an interrogator, one is being pressured to get the information as soon
as possible to prevent any plots. Despite all the...
...What are greatest moments? Are they the best moments in life, the ones we remember or the events we try to forget? When asked, people generally seem to say the moments they consider the best: Weddings, graduations, the birth of children and personal enlightenment. The key word here, it seems, is Greatest, and Great does not necessarily mean best, it means most important. The Greatest moments in life are just as likely to be tragedies as they are triumphs because bad moments are just as likely to influence and impact on us as enjoyable moments. So perhaps when we say what are The Greatest Moments in life, what we really mean is; what pivotal moments in life have the most effect?
J. McTaggart, metaphysicist and Philosopher, once described time as an extremely turbulent Ocean of infinite width and unknown length. The present, he said, is a storm of infinite width and the length of a single moment. As the storm passes across the ocean, it freezes it at that precise instant and it becomes the past.
Those of us with memory can recall the past, and it’s these reflections that we often term the Greatest Moments. People consider memories, and the memories they term Great especially, to be an important part of their identity and character. But although most people agree that they have had greatest moments, what these moments actually are is a highly subjective matter, both for individuals and societies.
The terrorist attacks of September the 11th, 2001, are widely regarded as a...
12 September 2014
The incident of a terrorist attack that occurred in New York City on the twin towers but also the pentagon was another target that was aimed for, only this one happened in Washington D.C. Both of these incidents come hand in hand and are rooted in America’s history, due to all of the American families who lost a loved one or a close relative. This impact was very hard to endure for many American hearts. September 11, 2001 is marked very significant and has a big impact on many New Yorkers. It’s shocking and sad to hear that about “3,000 individuals died during the explosion”. The author Suzanne Berne wrote an essay regarding “Ground Zero” in which she gave her experience, but also her own insights of what she saw at the site of the attack. The 9/11 attack is where two hijacked planes went into the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center, causing a lot of damage and destruction. As many recall, the people of New York were raged with frustration and were not able to do anything for the lives that they lost. Berne uses different ways to give the message to the reader what it was like at the scene, but also her thoughts about the issue using word choice, key ideas, and organization.
The first method Berne uses to capture the readers attention is word choice, specifically figurative language. For instance, Berne descibes what the site of the attack looked like to many...
Zero coupon bonds
Professor Anh Le
1 – Zero coupon bond and zero yields
A zero coupon bond (or zero for short), as its name suggests, is a bond that pays no coupons. It only
pays the face value on the maturity date. Not surprisingly, sellers of zero coupon bonds have to offer
them at a deep discount in order to sell them to the public. For example, a 30‐yr zero, face value $1,000
could be selling for as little as $53.54.
One question you may ask right now is: if you only get back the face value on the maturity date and no
coupons between now and then, isn’t it weird since you don’t earn any interest?
The answer is: every bond earns interest and zeros are no exception. Let’s think about it this way.
Instead of buying the above 30‐yr zero, you put $53.54 in a bank account that pays an interest rate of
10% p.a. semi‐annually compounding – how much would you end up after 30 years? By now, you should
be quite proficient with this: 10% semi‐annually compounding really means 5% per six months,
therefore, after 30 years, $53.54 would grow to $53.54(1.0560) = $1,000.
So, the interest rate that you earn from a 30‐yr zero is implicit in the discount that you receive. From our ...