I haven't watched the film Zero Dark Thirty. I don't know that I will. But I note that, already, there is controversy. John McCain, who had himself been tortured while a prisoner of war, objects that the film is inaccurate, because it shows torture as having helped to locate bin Laden. A Senate Committee, on the other hand, is being formed to investigate claims that secret CIA information had been given to the film-makers. Presumably, they are upset that the film is too accurate.
Whatever its level of accuracy, and whether or not it shows torture as being effective, is beside the point. George Bush and his government denied strenuously that the United States used torture at all. The euphemism used was "enhanced interrogation techniques." I welcome the fact that Senators and Congressmen and film reviewers and the general public will see exactly what was done in the name of the American people, and the term they will use to discuss it will be "torture." The term "enhanced interrogation technique" cannot survive.
T.S. Eliot asked the question that will then plague the American people: "After such knowledge, what forgiveness?"