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Is Bin Laden Movie An October Surprise?

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hurtlockerposter.jpgWhile many movies have caused great controversy on Capitol Hill over the years, this one could be the biggest controversy of all, but should it be?

As you may know, Oscar winning director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) and writer Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) have been working on a movie detailing the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, but the access granted to them and the planned release date have earned the ire of Congressman Peter King (R-NY), who is the Chair of the Homeland Security Committee.

What has his feathers all ruffled?

Rep. King is upset that Boal and Bigelow may have been granted access to classified material and attended top secret meetings that, in his opinion, could jeopardize national security, and has called for a CIA and Pentagon investigation into the matter.

Rep. King specifically cited reports that Boal may have attended a closed door celebration honoring Navy SEAL Team 6, whose identities have been kept secret since they conducted the May raid that killed Bin Laden. 

However, some are questioning the motivations of the filmmakers and Rep. King's objections because of the newly revealed release date for the film, October 12, 2012 - less than a month before the Presidential election. 

Some argue the studio behind the film, SONY, is attempting to influence the election by reminding voters of the triumph to help President Obama's re-election campaign.  Hollywood producer and conservative talk show host Douglas Urbanski says SONY deliberately is choosing the October release date to influence the election.  To date, SONY, according to The Weekly Standard, is the only Hollywood studio to hold a fundraiser for President Obama.

I am sure everyone is operating with some sort of political motivation, which saddens me.  The members of Navy SEAL Team 6 deserve to be remembered and honored with a movie that tells their story, and Bigelow has the talent to do so.  Has the political discourse in our country fallen apart so badly a movie can't just be a movie?