Republicans Proven Wrong As Report Finds Torture Jeopardized National Security

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Dick Cheney and his fellow Republicans have spent more than a decade claiming that torture both generated intelligence and was vital national security. The Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture proved both of these claims wrong.

Here is Dick Cheney on CNN last year claiming that what the CIA did wasn’t torture and that the “enhanced interrogation tactics” provided information:

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Every claim that Cheney made in the video above was a lie.

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s torture program found that torture jeopardized national security, “The CIA, in the conduct of its Detention and Interrogation Program, complicated, and in some cases impeded, the national security missions of other Executive Branch agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the State Department, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). The CIA withheld or restricted information relevant to these agencies’ missions and responsibilities, denied access to detainees, and provided inaccurate information on the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program to these agencies.”

The report also concluded that torture did not provide good information, “The Committee finds, based on a review of CIA interrogation records, that the use of the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques was not an effective means of obtaining accurate information or gaining detainee cooperation….While being subjected to the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques and afterwards, multiple CIA detainees fabricated information, resulting in faulty intelligence. Detainees provided fabricated information on critical intelligence issues, including the terrorist threats which the CIA identified as its highest priorities.”

The significance of this report goes beyond looking at the past. Torture remains a part of the Republican national security platform. Mitt Romney supported “enhanced interrogation tactics” in 2012, and there are several candidates lining up to run for the Republican nomination in 2016 who support torture.

Supporting torture has become a qualification for Republican presidential candidates. It isn’t surprising that Cheney lied about the effectiveness of torture. An administration that lied to invade Iraq would not have qualms when it came to lying about torture.

Everything that Republicans have been selling the country for more than a decade was not true. Torture did not provide actionable intelligence. Torture did not keep the country more secure and safe.

Torture jeopardizes national security. The American people can add national security to the list of issues where Republicans have been completely wrong.

8 Replies to “Republicans Proven Wrong As Report Finds Torture Jeopardized National Security”

  1. Tell this to the hater Yahoo commenters. I just visited that site. Seems most commenters are putting all the blame on the Dems and Dianne Feinstein. Can you believe it!

  2. Is there anything the GOP can do that is ever right? I can’t believe these people are controlling 3 of the three houses! GOP voters are dumber than dirt! I can’t wait to see how Cheney responds to this report, along with Cheney light.

  3. Well, this report finally proves that torture doesn’t work. The numbers don’t lie.

    Let’s face it. 7 out of 39? That’s only a 17% clip… most people would be fired from their jobs if they did it at 17% efficiency. Yet, those on the Right think this is the way to go.

    I’m sorry, but they can lie all they want… the numbers prove that it’s not worth it.

  4. Everything that Republicans have been selling the country for more than a decade was not true.
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    Everything the republicans have been selling the country for more than 30 years has not been true

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  5. Working Though the Torture Report, Part 1: Janat Gul Tortured for Nothing Page 11 of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s report, “Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program”: “Conditions at CIA detention sites were poor, and were especially bleak early in the program. CIA detainees at the COBALT detention facility were kept in complete darkness and constantly shackled in isolated cells with loud noise or music and only a bucket to use for human waste. Lack of heat at the facility likely contributed to the death of a detainee. The chief of interrogations described COBALT as a ‘dungeon.’ Another senior CIA officer stated that COBALT was itself an enhanced interrogation technique. – See more at: http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2014/12/working-though-torture-report-part-1.html#sthash.NDCNEaWR.dpuf

  6. I am not surprised by this at all. What I am surprised at is that a good portion of Americans believed it was ok. A good portion of Americans were also so eager to give up their Constitutional rights and pass the Patriot Act. Ben Franklins words were as accurate today as they were back then and no one wanted to listen to his sound advice and so we gave up safety and freedom. Shame on them. Shame on us.

  7. If you want a good laugh watch the NBC interview Brian Williams had with Hayden. Hayden seems to be commenting on some thing that happened on another planet.

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