Many people in the Bush administration were insisting [it] was not torture at all. The Inquisition was actually very clear on the matter. It obviously was torture. That’s why they were using it.
The director Kathryn Bigelow has faced a great deal of criticism for her depictions of torture in her film Zero Dark Thirty, about the killing of Osama bin Laden. She responded to that criticism this week in the LA Times. Here, too, is the Fresh Air interview from 2009 with Bigelow about The Hurt Locker.