Starring: Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Ted Levine, Michael C. Hall, Tim Blake Nelson, Corey Stoll, Maura Tierney, Jon Hamm
Drama written and directed by Scott Z. Burns. The story is based on actual events and follows idealistic staffer Daniel J. Jones (Adam Driver), who is tasked by his boss Senator Dianne Feinstein (Annette Bening) to lead an investigation of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program created in the aftermath of 9/11. Jones’s pursuit of the truth leads to explosive findings that uncover the lengths to which the nation’s top intelligence agency went to destroy evidence, subvert the law, and hide a brutal secret from the American public. When Jones and the Senate Intelligence Committee attempt to release the results from his investigation, however, the CIA and White House go to great lengths to prevent the truth from getting out.
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Daniel Jones: After 9/11 everyone was scared. Scared it might happen again. It was my second day of grad school. Next day I changed all my classes to National Security.
George Tenet: We need to stop attacks in the future. And we are in whatever business it takes to the job done.
Senator Dianne Feinstein: Morning, Daniel.
Daniel Jones: Morning, Senator.
Senator Dianne Feinstein: Have you seen the story today in the New York Times?
Marcy Morris: Evidently the CIA destroyed taps of interrogations of Al-Qaeda detainees.
Senator Dianne Feinstein: I want to find out what was on the tapes, why they were destroyed. Find out exactly what they did.
Daniel Jones: No paper.
CIA Officer: Papers were getting people into trouble at our place.
Daniel Jones: At our place, paper is how we keep track of laws.
Daniel Jones: Last night I found this. He’s detainee number twenty-four. They water boarded him a hundred and eighty-three times. Everything they got from him was either a lie, or something they already had.
Senator Dianne Feinstein: If it works, why do you need to do it a hundred and eighty-three times?
Daniel Jones: Maybe when the report comes out, people will finally see that.
John Brennan: I vehemently disagree with the narrative here. The United States does not torture.
John Brennan: Nothing could be further from the truth.
Marcy Morris: Dan, you need to be careful here.
Cyrus Clifford: [to Daniel] If they can’t destroy the documents, they can go after the next best thing, you.
Cyrus Clifford: History is written by the victors.
Daniel Jones: They claim they save lives, but what they really did was make it impossible to prosecute a mass murderer, because of what we did to him ever came out in a court of law, the case is over! The guy planned 9/11.
Senator Dianne Feinstein: I would like this to be more than the country that did the report. I’d like this to be the country that made it public.
Senator Dianne Feinstein: We will not allow this to be covered up.
Thomas Eastman: The intent is to gain intel, save American lives.
Bernadette: We need to change our approach.
Raymond Nathan: How is that even ethical!
Denis McDonoug: Democracy is messy.
New York Times Reporter: [to Daniel] Let me ask you a question. Why did the CIA torture people, lie about it, and then hide it from history?
New York Times Reporter: If The Times had your report, we would print it tomorrow.
Daniel Jones: No. If it’s going to come out, it’s going to come out the right way.
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