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Osama bin Laden death movie: Too soon?

Kathryn Bigelow’s next movie could be dangerous to the Navy SEALs who killed Osama bin Laden, says a congressman.

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A New York congressman is looking to kill Kathryn Bigelow’s movie on the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y.,  the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said that Bigelow’s movie could possibly endanger members of the Navy’s SEAL team who took down bin Laden in a clandestine raid on his hideaway in Pakistan in May.

“Most SEALs want to stay in the background,” King said to the Associated Press, and not “tip off the enemy of what they do and don’t do.”

Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal, who both won Oscars for the 2009 film The Hurt Locker, said they are sensitive to the security issues.

“The dangerous work of finding the world’s most wanted man was carried out by individuals in the military and intelligence communities who put their lives at risk for the greater good without regard for political affiliation,” the two said in a joint statement. “This was an American triumph, both heroic and nonpartisan, and there is no basis to suggest that our film will represent this enormous victory otherwise.”

King also turned up the heat on the White House, suggesting the office gave sensitive information to the filmmakers.

A spokesman for the White House was not having it.

“We do not discuss classified information. And I would hope that as we face the continued threat from terrorism, the House Committee on Homeland Security would have more important topics to discuss than a movie,” the spokesman said.

Bigelow’s movie, formerly called Kill bin Laden, is due in theaters weeks before the 2012 presidential election.

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