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James LTC 050 

From:  Mehal, Robert CDR OSD  
Sent:  Friday, July 08, 2011 10:41  
To:  Vickers, Michael HON OSD OUSDI  
Cc:  Gentile, Philip COL OSD OUSDI; Lowery, Todd CIV OSD OUSDI;  
Weinstein, Douglas OSD OUSDI  
Subject:  UBL Movie  

Sir, Doug and are trying get Mark and Kathryn your schedule next week. They are 
town 15-22 Jul (but you will TOY 18-22). included the link and the long version the 
article. Vr/Bob 

Bin Laden: The Movie 
 
Boston Review team highly trained special forces-Navy Seals willing die for their country;...;h:ad 
helicoptered deep into Pakistan and entered Bin Laden's secret compound at:ni-ght 
surprise attack. firefight with Bin Laden's armed bodyguards followed, ... 

Bin Laden: The Movie The director The Hurt Locker takes the 9/11 mastermind Alan Stone Jonathan Olley Summit Entertainment The first account Osama Bin Laden's death was like the screenplay for John Wayne movie. team highly trained special forces-Navy Seals willing die for their country-had helicoptered deep into Pakistan and entered Bin Laden's secret compound late-night surprise attack. firefight with Bin Laden's armed bodyguards followed, which amazingly none the Seals were injured killed. The stronghold was secured. When the Seals reached Bin Laden's living quarters, the armed leader Qaeda tried use one his wives human shield, sharp-shooting Seal aimed high and blew away the top his head. 
Old-fashioned justice was served, not the law the books, but the law the Western frontier that has long been cinema's stock and trade. The villain dies with gun his hand, and the hero the white hat, honest and honorable, overcomes impossible odds. The familiar narrative sent people out into the streets waving American flags triumph and chanting, "U.S.A., U.S.A.," Americans reportedly first did when our ragtag hockey team upset Soviet professionals the 1980 Winter Olympics. This the version Bin Laden's death that most Americans wanted hear, having waited for decade after 9/11 get the guy who did it. the days that followed, learned that this story was far from the truth, which emerged more slowly and disjointedly. The raid had not been flawless: one the high-tech choppers had gone down for unexplained reasons and had destroyed; the Seals faced almost armed resistance; Bin Laden himself was not armed, nor did use his wife shield; and two Seals shot him close range, one bullet hitting him the head, the other the chest. Many the Muslim world thought died martyr. 
Which version the story will take its place popular history? doubt Hollywood will have something say about that. Only days after Bin Laden's corpse slid into the Arabian Sea, Hollywood director, Kathryn Bigelow, announced that screenplay was underway and the 

first actor had been cast. fact Bigelow and writer Mark Boal had already been working screenplay dealing with the search for Bin Laden. Now they had ending. 
Bigelow and Boal have collaborated before-on the screenplay and co-producers The Hurt Locker, which earned Bigelow Oscar for direction, the first ever won woman. emotionally charged Oscar night, Bigelow took Best Picture from her former husbandand collaborator James Cameron, whose blockbuster Avatar was favored. Bigelow had tried blockbuster herself, the confusingly titled K-19: The Widowmaker (2002), based true story about Soviet atomic submarine that nearly exploded 1961. When the sub's cooling system was compromised, Soviet officers faced impossible dilemma: risk deadly radiation allow nuclear explosion that would surely lead the third world war. Bigelow had $100 million budget, first-rate cast, and interesting idea: ordinary, even politically placed, officers with all the petty interests self-serving human beings would unexpectedly the right thing and save the world. According the Web site Box Office Mojo, the film lost about $35 million theaters. few years later, while her ex-husband was making one the most expensive movies Hollywood history, Bigelow looked for low-budget project. 
Only days after Bin Laden's corpse slid into the Arabian Sea, Kathryn Bigelow announced that screenplay was underway. 
She found Boal, journalist who had worked for Playboy and written about the Iraq War. That tragic, senseless slaughter Iraqis and the sacrifice young American lives grinds under the Petraeus military strategy that asks our troops bribe their way into the good graces people whose lives have ruined. this were the plot for Hollywood movie, one would believe it. 
American movie audiences have little interest films based the Iraq War. But they care deeply about the soldiers who have fought there. And Boal's reporting focused the plight our soldiers, not the progress our war. His first screenplay seems have been based the work other reporters who tracked down series ghastly murders committed soldiers returned from Iraq. The message that film, the Valley Elah (2007), was that the horror Iraq was turning our soldiers-our children-into monsters. Boal carefully stayed away from the psychiatric jargon post-traumatic stress disorder, instead focusing how the war was destroying the humanity our soldiers: they had become lost souls, price too high even the name god and country. The film was succes d'estime mostly because Tommy Lee Jones's performance the father veteran murdered other soldiers. important antiwar film. 
When Boal connected with Bigelow, was working screenplay about his experience journalist embedded with bomb-defusing squad Baghdad 2004. Bigelow-who resists the stereotypes about female directors saving from the male "gaze" and the chromosome's preoccupation with violencas interested. Her fascination with violence emerged film school Columbia, where her student project seems almost prophetic: fifteen-minute sequence two men (one apparently Gary Busey) beating each other, while the soundtrack two semioticians theorize about the endless appetite for violence films. not clear whether Bigelow, whose background avant-garde conceptual art, wanted make point about violence whether the film was kind conceptual art with images and sounds approaching the same subject via different tracks-the thing itself and the discourse about it. Bigelow moved Hollywood and made films that she characterizes "pushing the medium." Near Dark (1987), about teenage vampires Oklahoma, became cult film, and Point Break (1991) action classic. She also earned the respect critics and cineastes one the serious people Hollywood. 
Jonathan Olley Summit Entertainment Today Bigelow famous that the Museum Modern Art recently announced retrospective. that announcement discerning anonymous critic writes Bigelow, "Her characters, often operating arena adrenaline, straddle the line between superhero and heartbreakingly 

huan." There can better description The Hurt Locker's Sergeant William James, 
played Jeremy Renner. (Here Cambridge, one cannot help but wonder how Boal and Bigelow 
chose that name for their protagonist.) Psychologists have many good explanations for 
cowardice but almost none for courage, and thus Sergeant James psychological mystery. 
Bigelow has always been interested warriors, and Sergeant James may her most 
intriguing, someone who cannot compassed the standard categories. 
The Hurt Locker series incidents involving three-man team tasked with dismantling improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and around Baghdad the height the insurgency. There orienting description the military situation, geography the city, reasons for the war: the audience left supply its own. The film begins with the line, "war drug," the subject, seems, addiction. The first scene appears filmed bystander using smart phone-it has that kind grainy quality and amateurish framing. slowly realize are watching robotic device that has been dispatched detonate what may bomb. The weapons choice for insurgents Iraq, IEOs are primitive devices that can nonetheless inflict considerable damage, allowing unknown killer retaliate against high-tech American weapons and soldiers. The robot gets stuck rubble and comes halt; that image alone might metaphor for the Iraq War. Sergeant Matthew Thompson (Guy Pearce), head the bomb squad, dons his protective armor and waddles toward the !ED. The suspense mounts not with the subtle manipulation Hitchcock but with heart-in-your-throat terror. The robot does not work, the armor offers protection, and Thompson's team-Sergeant Sanborn (Anthony Mackie) and Specialist OWen Eldridge (Brian Geraghty)-watch their friend killed the bomb explodes. They are stunned, are. Bigelow makes believe that what are seeing real. 
The Hurt locker thus begins story ineptitude and futility. These are not invincible 
soldiers like John Wayne. every scene soldiers risking their lives defuse bombs, Iraqi civilians look without sympathy concern, their apathetic silence proclaiming the 
hollowness this war. The insurgents who planted the bomb may even there among the onlookers hoping see slaughter. The American troops recognize this disdain, and they fear that every Iraqi civilian-man woman child-may suicide bomber. The mutual hatred and contempt are palpable. 
Bigelow shows quality that many directors lack: compassion enough make all her characters human. 
Thompson's death leaves his men shaken the core. Sanborn, career soldier who does everything the book, desperately tries find safety the words his Army instruction manuals. almost immobilized fear. For Eldridge the sergeant's death the trauma that pushes him over the edge. Alarm bells keep going off his brain; the slightest noise startles him. can longer trust his own senses sort out the dangers faces, nor can his fellow soldiers trust him. 
Sergeant James leads these two men-one shaken and one broken. existential antihero who believes nothing but his project, like the doctor Camus's The Plague. While Sanborn and Eldridge their work reluctantly, filled with dread that each struggles control his own way, James seems relish the work defusing roadside IEDs, explosives planted the entrails dead bodies, suicide vests chained unwilling victims, booby-trapped cars. Faced with these dangers, James shows sign reluctance. did not always succeed might think him reckless. 
James's project has destroyed his ability connect with his wife and children. Although has what might called episodes,of human feeling which seems care about people, incapable real connection. When his rotation Iraq over, see him lost the supermarket. the film's end, deplaning Afghanistan. 

'But neither patriotism nor addiction that takes him back war. Sergeant James has found his vocation. one those rare workmen who enjoys his craft above all else. The opening line suggests that Bigelow and Boal want think are watching someone addicted the rush adrenaline. But their Sergeant James cannot reduced addict. His life, like ours, moral adventure, and everything does, good bad, more than reflexive habit; measure who is. And is, the anonymous critic would have it, heartbreakingly human. 
With The Hurt Locker, Bigelow shows quality that many directors lack: compassion enough make all her characters human. any filmmaker tell the story Bin Laden's pursuit and killing, would fortunate that she. She might not vindicate your political sensibilities, but she will make real. 
Commander Bob Mehal 
Public Affairs Officer 
Defense Press Operations 
1400 Defense Pentagon (Rm 2D961) 
Washington, 20301-1400 

(703) 697-4162 
James LTC OSD 

From:  Mehal, Robert CDR OSD  
Sent:  Friday, July 08, 2011 :05  
To:  Lapan, David COL OSD PA; Martin, Jeremy COL OSD  
Cc:  James, Darryn CAPT OSD PA; Turner, James OSD PA; Parker,  
Tamara LTC OSD PA; Gregory, James LTC OSD PA; Robbins,  
Elizabeth OSD  
Subject:  FW: UBL Movie  

Col Lapan, FYI/SA. Boal and Bigelow are scheduled meet with DepCIA the 15th and trying get them Vickers schedule -will work include Phil that meeting 
well. 
Col Martin, Please feel free forward Wilson your discretion -he has personally been involved with this project. 
Vr/Bob 
CDR Bob Mehal OASD{PA) 703-697-4162 
Bin Laden: The Movie  
Boston Review team highly trained special forces-Navy Seals willing die for their country-had helicoptered deep into Pakistan and entered Bin Laden's secret compound late-night surprise attack. firefight with Bin Laden's armed bodyguards followed, ... 
Bin Laden: The Movie 
The director The Hurt Locker takes the 9/11 mastermind Alan Stone Jonathan Olley Summit Entertainment The first account Osama Bin Laden's death was like the screenplay for John Wayne movie. team highly trained special forces-Navy Seals willing die for their country-had helicoptered deep into Pakistan and entered Bin Laden's secret compound late-night surprise attack. firefight with Bin Laden's armed bodyguards followed, which amazingly none the Seals were injured killed. The stronghold was secured. When the Seals reached Bin Laden's living quarters, the armed leader Qaeda tried use one his wives human shield, sharp-shooting Seal aimed high and blew away the top his head. 
Old-fashioned justice was served, the law the books, but the law the Western frontier that has long been cinema's stock and trade. The villain dies with gun his hand, and the hero the white hat, honest and honorable, overcomes impossible odds. The familiar narrative sent people out into the streets waving American flags triumph and chanting, "U.S.A., U.S.A.," Americans reportedly first did when our ragtag hockey team upset Soviet professionals the 1980 Winter Olympics. This the version Bin Laden's death that most Americans wanted hear, having waited for decade after 9/11 get the guy who did it. the days that followed, learned that this story was far from the truth, which emerged more slowly and disjointedly. The raid had not been flawless: one the high-tech choppers had gone down for unexplained reasons and had destroyed; the Seals faced almost armed resistance; Bin Laden himself was not armed, nor did use his wife shield; and two Seals shot him close range, one bullet hitting him the head, the other the chest. Many the Muslim world thought died martyr. 
Which version the story will take its place popular history? doubt Hollywood will have something say about that. Only days after Bin Laden's corpse slid into the Arabian Sea, Hollywood director, Kathryn Bigelow, announced that screenplay was underway and the first actor had been cast. fact Bigelow and writer Mark Boal had already been working screenplay dealing with the search for Bin Laden. Now they had ending. 
Bigelow and Boal have collaborated before-on the screenplay and co-producers The Hurt Locker, which earned Bigelow Oscar for direction, the first ever won woman. emotionally charged Oscar night, Bigelow took Best Picture from her former husband and collaborator James Cameron, whose blockbuster Avatar was favored. Bigelow had tried blockbuster herself, the confusingly titled K-19: The Widowmaker (2002), based true story about Soviet atomic submarine that nearly exploded 1961. When the sub's cooling system was compromised, Soviet officers faced impossible dilemma: risk deadly radiation allow nuclear explosion that would surely lead the third world war. Bigelow had $100 million budget, first-rate cast, and interesting idea: ordinary, even politically placed, officers with all the petty interests self-serving human beings would unexpectedly the right thing and save the world. According the Web site Box Office Mojo, the film lost about $35 million theaters. few years later, while her ex-husband was making one the most expensive movies Hollywood history, Bigelow looked for low-budget project. 
Only days after Bin Laden's corpse slid into the Arabian Sea, Kathryn Bigelow announced that screenplay was underway. 
She found Boal, journalist who had worked for Playboy and written about the Iraq War. That tragic, senseless slaughter Iraqis and the sacrifice young American lives grinds under the Petraeus military strategy that asks our troops bribe their way into the good graces people whose lives have ruined. this were the plot for Hollywood movie, one would believe it. 
American movie audiences have little interest films based the Iraq War. But they care deeply about the soldiers who have fought there. And Boal's reporting focused the plight our soldiers, not the progress our war. His first screenplay seems have been based the work other reporters who tracked down series ghastly murders committed soldiers returned from Iraq. The message that film, the Valley Elah (2007), was that the horror Iraq was turning our soldiers-our children-into monsters. Boal carefully stayed away from the psychiatric jargon post-traumatic stress disorder, instead focusing how the war was destroying the humanity our soldiers: they had become lost souls, price too high even the name god and country. The film was succes d'estime mostly because Tommy Lee Jones's performance the father veteran murdered other soldiers. important antiwar film. 
When Boal connected with Bigelow, was working screenplay about his experience journalist embedded with bomb-defusing squad Baghdad 2004. Bigelow-who resists the 
stereotypes about female directors saving from the male "gaze" and the chromosome's preoccupation with violence-was interested. Her fascination with violence emerged film school Columbia, where her student project seems almost prophetic: fifteen-minute 
sequence two men (one apparently Gary Busey) beating each other, while the soundtrack two semioticians theorize about the endless appetite for violence films. not clear 
whether Bigelow, whose background avant-garde conceptual art, wanted make point 
about violence whether the film was kind conceptual art with images and sounds 
approaching the same subject via different tracks-the thing itself and the discourse about 
it. Bigelow moved Hollywood and made films that she characterizes "pushing the 
medium." Near Dark {1987), about teenage vampires Oklahoma, became cult film, and Point 

Break (1991) action classic. She also earned the respect critics and cineastes 

one the serious people Hollywood. 

Jonathan Olley Summit Entertainment 
Today Bigelow famous that the Museum Modern Art recently announced retrospective. that announcement discerning anonymous critic writes Bigelow, "Her characters, often 
operating arena adrenaline, straddle the line between superhero and heartbreakingly 

human." There can better description The Hurt Locker's Sergeant William James, 

played Jeremy Renner. (Here Cambridge, one cannot help but wonder how Boal and Bigelow 
chose that name for their protagonist.) Psychologists have many good explanations for 
cowardice but almost none for courage, and thus Sergeant James psychological mystery. 
Bigelow has always been interested warriors, and Sergeant James may her most 
intriguing, someone who cannot compassed the standard categories. 

The Hurt Locker series incidents involving three-man team tasked with dismantling 
improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and around Baghdad the height the insurgency. 
There orienting description the military situation, geography the city, 
reasons for the war: the audience left supply its own. The film begins with the line, 
"war drug," the subject, seems, addiction. The first scene appears filmed bystander using smart phone-it has that kind grainy quality and amateurish framing. slowly realize are watching robotic device that has been dispatched detonate what 
may bomb. The weapons choice for insurgents Iraq, IEDs are primitive devices that 
can nonetheless inflict considerable damage, allowing unknown killer retaliate against 
high-tech American weapons and soldiers. The robot gets stuck rubble and comes halt; 
that image alone might metaphor for the Iraq War. Sergeant Matthew Thompson (Guy 
Pearce), head the bomb squad, dons his protective armor and waddles toward the IED. The 
suspense mounts not with the subtle manipulation Hitchcock but with heart-in-your-throat 
terror. The robot does not work, the armor offers protection, and Thompson's team-Sergeant Sanborn (Anthony Mackie) and Specialist Owen Eldridge (Brian Geraghty)-watch their friend 
killed the bomb explodes. They are stunned, are. Bigelow makes believe that what are seeing real. 

The Hurt Locker thus begins story ineptitude and futility. These are not invincible 
soldiers like John Wayne. every scene soldiers risking their lives defuse bombs, 
Iraqi civilians look without sympathy concern, their apathetic silence proclaiming the 
hollowness this war. The insurgents who planted the bomb may even there among the 
onlookers hoping see slaughter. The American troops recognize this disdain, and they 
fear that every Iraqi civilian-man woman child-may suicide bomber. The mutual 
hatred and contempt are palpable. 

Bigelow shows quality that many directors lack: compassion enough make all her 
characters human. 

Thompson's death leaves his men shaken the core. Sanborn, career soldier who does 
everything the book, desperately tries find safety the words his Army instruction 
manuals. almost immobilized fear. For Eldridge the sergeant's death the trauma 
that pushes him over the edge. Alarm bells keep going off his brain; the slightest noise 
startles him. can longer trust his own senses sort out the dangers faces, nor can 
his fellow soldiers trust him. 

sergeant James leads these two men-one shaken and one broken. existential antihero 
who believes nothing but his project, like the doctor Camus's The Plague. While Sanborn 

t 

and'Eldridge their work reluctantly, filled with dread that each struggles control his own way, James seems relish the work defusing roadside IEDs, explosives planted the entrails dead bodies, suicide vests chained unwilling victims, booby-trapped cars. Faced with these dangers, James shows sign reluctance. did not always succeed might think him reckless. 
James's project has destroyed his ability connect with his wife and children. Although has what might called episodes human feeling which seems care about people, incapable real connection. supermarket. the film's end, 
But neither patriotism nor found his vocation. one 
When his rotation Iraq over, see him lost the deplaning Afghanistan. 
addiction that takes him back war. Sergeant James has those rare workmen who enjoys his craft above all else. The 
opening line suggests that Bigelow and Boal want think are watching someone addicted the rush adrenaline. But their Sergeant James cannot reduced addict. His life, like ours, moral adventure, and everything does, good bad, more than reflexive habit; measure who is. And is, the anonymous critic would have it, heartbreakingly human. 
With The Hurt Locker, Bigelow shows quality that many directors lack: compassion enough make all her characters human. any filmmaker tell the story Bin Laden's pursuit 
and killing, would fortunate sensibilities, but she will make 
Commander Bob Mehal Public Affairs Officer Defense Press Operations 
1400 Defense Pentagon (Rm 20961) Washington, 20301-1400 
(703) 697-4162 that she. She might not vindicate your political real. 

Sent: 
To: Mehal. Robert CDR OSO
Subject: Re: Vickers Scheduling this week 

Standing 
Thanks. 

Sent via BlackBerry ATT 
-----Original Message----

To: 
Mark, We're working it. Probably won't .have anything more definite until next week ... but think may able make work. Resp, Bob 
Commander Bob Mehal 
Public Affairs Officer 
Defense Press Operations 
1400 Defense Pentagon (Rm 2D961) 
Washington, 20301-1400 

(703) 697-4162 

Sent: Friday, July 08, 2011 10:51 
To: Mehal, Robert CDR OSD 
Subject: Re: Vickers Scheduling this week 
Would work 
-or 5pm? have Langley meeting with acting DCIA 3pm. 
Sent via BlackBerry ATT -----Original Message----! From: "Mehal, Robert CDR OSD PA" 

Mark, The only day the Boss might available Friday 5th, but think his schedule may only open the afternoon. What time are your meetings Friday? out the office the entire next week, this may the only opportunity for while. Also, don't see issue with including Kathryn the meeting. Let know soonest, because once folks find out going here frijday his schedule will fill quickly. Resp, Bob
_/ 

 Subject: Re: Vickers Scheduling this week 
;>Yes, available Wednesday 
 Thank you for navigating this thru 

>Mark 
>------Original Message----- From: Mehal, Robert CDR OSD :. To: User 
Subject: Vickers Scheduling this week >Sent: Jun 27, 201 6:05 

>Mark, are trying shift around Vickers schedule try and find window for you speak with him. will know better tomorrow, but ifwe can, would you available Wed afternoon? 
>Resp, >Bob
commander Bob Mehal >Public Affairs Officer Defense Press Operations 1400 Defense Pentagon (Rm 2D961) >Washington, 20301-1400 >.(703) 697-4162 
> 
>Sent via Black.Berry ATT _____ _,.



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