David Frum

02.01.13

Does Torture Work? 'The Gatekeepers' Weighs In

The Gatekeepers, an Oscar-nominated documentary directed by Dror Moreh, studies the interrogation methods used by Israel's internal security service, Shin Bet, when looking for terrorists within the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Sol Stern critics the movie and compares it to Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty, a movie that depicts the search for Osama bin Laden. 

For The Gatekeepers, Moreh was able to convince the six Shin Bet chiefs to spill their guts about the measures they authorized to combat Palestinian suicide terrorism. They’re also asked whether these operations contributed to a solution of the conflict. Their collective answer, in one word, is no.