By Jeremy Herb - 01/14/13 09:29 PM EST
Acting CIA Director Michael Morrell issued a rare statement last month to say that “Zero Dark Thirty” is “not a documentary.”
"The film takes significant artistic license, while portraying itself as being historically accurate," Morell wrote.
Feinstein, McCain and Levin wrote a letter to Sony Pictures to complain and requested documents from the CIA detailing their interactions with the filmmakers.
Some Republicans disagree on enhanced interrogation, arguing that the use of techniques like waterboarding did yield some intelligence to aid in the search for bin Laden.
Senate Intelligence Committee ranking member Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) questioned the senators' investigation of “Zero Dark Thirty,” saying last week that the movie is simply “entertainment, not a documentary.”
“What’s next — a Senate inquiry of the ‘Bourne’ trilogy or ‘24’?” Chambliss said in a statement.
Panetta also chose not to weigh in on James Gandolfini’s portrayal of him in the film. Gandolfini said he wrote a note apologizing to Panetta for the wig he wore in the film.