A Primer on Amazon Studio's New Release: "The Report"
"The Report" Tells the story of the men and women who exposed the CIA's use of torture
People around the world call America a shining city on a hill not only for the opportunities she offers her people, but also for the values and principles for which America stands for. Over course of history, there have been instances where the actions of our government have not always embodied the founding values of our country.
An upcoming movie from Amazon Studios, The Report, tells the story of one such moment when we failed to live up to our values, where fear and expediency prevailed over what was right. The Report, which will be in theaters on November 15 and streaming November 29 on Amazon Prime, tells the story of the use of torture in the war on terror and the men and women, including John McCain, who exposed it.
The film focuses itself around lead investigator Dan Jones and his team’s effort to uncover the CIA’s brutal and ineffective forms of torture, and the ways that the CIA routinely misrepresented these facts to policymakers. When Senator Diane Feinstein attempted to publish the findings, she and Jones had to contend with the CIA and White House's attempts to block and undermine the report.
While many leaders defended and made excuses as to why it was necessary to use banned torture methods in the aftermath of 9/11, The Report, reminds us that the conversation about the use of torture isn’t over and our leaders need to be reminded to stand up for our American values at home and abroad. The United States is different than our adversaries and that needs to be reflected in our actions and words.
At We Hold These Truths, we want you to stay informed AND get involved. The Report will be in theaters on November 15 and available to streaming on Amazon Prime on November 29. We invite you to watch the film, encourage your friends to do the same, and start a conversation with us. Let us know in the comments section below why American values mean something and why character driven leadership is important.
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