This week on CounterSpin: Controversy surrounded the movie Zero Dark Thirty which many felt distorted the efficacy of CIA torture. But what about the movie that won the Academy Award – Argo, ‘based on’ the true story of the Iranian hostage crisis? Just how far removed is it from that true story and why does it matter? We’ll hear from Nima Shirazi of the blog WideasleepinAmerica about his piece, “Oscar Prints the Legend.”
Also on the show: The Supreme Court has determined that the government doesn’t have to reveal who it’s targeting with its domestic spying programs, but civil liberties groups can’t challenge the spying because… they can’t prove they’ve been targeted. Yes, it’s Orwellian; it’s also the United States 2013. We’ll hear from Mitra Ebadolahi of the ACLU’s National Security Project about this disturbing story.