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National Geographic Increases Security as Upcoming 'SEAL Team Six' Release Fuels Threats

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 17, 2012 at 1:43PM

The National Geographic Channel has had to dramatically increase security at its Washington headquarters in the wake of an influx of threats over its upcoming film "SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden." The threats are reportedly coming from Muslim extremist groups.
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"SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden"
National Geographic Channel "SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden"

The National Geographic Channel has had to dramatically increase security at its Washington headquarters in the wake of an influx of threats over its upcoming film "SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden." The threats are reportedly coming from Muslim extremist groups.

NatGeo has already received heat from critics over the release date of the film, set for November 4, two days prior to the presidential election. Those against the timing of the film's debut argue that it is being staged to boost President Obama's chances of reelection. (These accusations, which the channel denies, may not be specious: the film's producer, Harvey Weinstein, is a true-blue Obama supporter.)

A humorous quote comes from a New York Post source on NatGeo's surprise at the reactions: "They've never seen such a dramatic reaction. It's not like there's outrage over airing a documentary on the Grand Canyon."

Watch a clip from "SEAL Team Six" here.

This article is related to: National Geographic Entertainment, News, Zero Dark Thirty, SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.