Carly Fiorina Defends Government Sponsored Torture And Surveillance

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In an interview with Yahoo News, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina defended Bush-era spying and torture, arguing that George W. Bush’s policies kept America safe. Fiorina apparently is trying to position herself as the presidential candidate most willing to bring back the disastrous Bush-Cheney foreign policy, even though George W. Bush’s brother, Jeb Bush is also trying to stake out that claim.

Fiorina is trying to look tough on foreign policy, although it is not clear that following in George W. Bush’s clumsy footsteps is the best way to do that. Fiorina followed GOP revisionist history by arguing that Bush kept us safe and she defended torture by stating:

I believe that all of the evidence is very clear — that waterboarding was used in a very small handful of cases [and] was supervised by medical personnel in every one of those cases. And I also believe that waterboarding was used when there was no other way to get information that was necessary.

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Of course, Fiorina’s statement contradicts the evidence. The Senate Intelligence Committee found that “the use of the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques was not an effective means of obtaining accurate information or gaining detainee cooperation”. “Enhanced interrogation techniques” like waterboarding, beatings, and rectal feeding, failed to produce intelligence that was useful for foiling terrorist plots, according to the Senate report.

While Fiorina was head of Hewlett-Packard she made regular visits to CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, and she assisted the NSA in implementing their controversial warrantless wiretap program to spy on the American people. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that she remains a staunch defender of the CIA-sponsored torture committed while George W. Bush was in the White House.

Carly Fiorina would be a truly ironic choice for anti-government conservatives to back in the 2016 presidential race, as she is an outspoken cheerleader for national security state surveillance and a defender of government sponsored torture. However, since conservative voters seem willing to hold contradictory positions that call for shrinking the federal government, while simultaneously demanding that the government increase its reach, Fiorina will probably continue to poll well in the Republican field.

26 Replies to “Carly Fiorina Defends Government Sponsored Torture And Surveillance”

  1. She is going full cheney since 80% of the republican party still think those were the good ol days. Will it work? Who know, I quit trying to reason with these arsonist a long time ago. Now I just mock

  2. …I swear {on top o’ me “Fk”ing lungs!!!} that this {20 expletives deleted} female{alleged} would consider “Torture” to be a hangnail or bein’ stuck in traffic!!!
    Someone kidnap her and give her a ‘crash course’ on what torture is…an INTERACTIVE ‘crash course’…

  3. Proving once again that Christo-nazis believe what they want. To hell with facts. But she’s dead (I wish) wrong:

    “Good cop” more effective than “bad cop”:

    http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/12/the-humane-interrogation-technique-that-works-much-better-than-torture/383698/

    U.S. has history of punishing torturers:

    http://www.politifact.com/rhode-island/statements/2014/dec/23/sheldon-whitehouse/sen-sheldon-whitehouse-says-us-soldiers-have-been-/

    Torture is inhumane, ineffective:

    http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/article/2014/dec/18/lots-fiction-few-facts-discussion-torture-report/

    Plenty of anti-torture articles, studies, etc. available. Only sickos like Darth Cheney and Fiorina defend torture.

    PS Note that she moans, gnashes her teeth over harm to imaginary fetuses. Yes she probably has her own instruments to torture real humans. But they’re not human if they’re neither white nor Christian, are they Carly?

  4. I was just going to say listening to her drivel is torturous. Then you had to say “foreplay”, and you threw that horrible image out there…….and……gagging. Not nice! Tourture in fact.

  5. Pander pander pander, rinse, repeat.

    Say outrageous, and purport ridiculous positions to your base, and demand purity to your cause. Never compromise, never let up.

    This is the cake they’re baking. As Driftglass said, these are the people that love to rub sh*t in their hair.

  6. Carly, let’s waterboard you until you tell the TRUTH about the PP video ok?

    After you experience waterboarding, then get in touch with us.

  7. When a person is captured in a war type situation , any information known by a prisoner becomes useless . Those in charge will change all strategy that a POW might know , come on folks , common sense tells you this . This was a terrible policy change by Bush-Chaney . Five time draft deferred Chaney , a draft dodger , George Jr was AWOL so much that he lost his wings in Air National Guard , anyone else would have been a deserter , ( coke addition also ) , & lastly Donald Rump (SP4 , less than a corporal ) made this decision & led us into one of the worst olicy decisions in U.S. History . The Still unfunded war has helped create our National Debt & totally destroyed the balance in the Middle East , with no war , no ISIL !

  8. I miss the good old days when the gnopers tried to hide their STUPID. It’s just no fun when they make it so easy.

  9. democratinny, they have jow found the woman who’s baby is in the video, it is nothing to do with planned parenthood, in fact
    old Fiorina has been lying through her teeth.
    See Daily Kos

  10. I used that argument on my RW mother in law who was a staunch Rush/Robertson/Fox fan and thought that Michigan’s death penalty ban was horrible. I asked her if SHE, the devout Christian, would be willing to inject the poison or pull the lever. “Of course not.” Then, I asked, how can you support someone murdering another human being? She changed the subject.

  11. I have no problem with government surveillance at all considering the growth in the amount of anti American hate groups that sprung out of the dung of Conservative Christianity fueled by the fear the NRA has spread. The REAL threat is from domestic terrorists waving the Yellow SNAKE flag while carrying a bible. And as far as torture, well every time you vote Republican you vote for the torture of the American people via the regressive, oppressive policies of the plainly fascist Reich Wing.

  12. I find Carly quite calculating and cynical.

    She says whatever she needs to say and demagogues red meat issues that pander to the base, and goose her poll ratings. She knows she’ll never get elected doing this and is vying for a right wing sinecure, or some kind of wingnut welfare.

    She is a sociopath and has visions far beyond the greed of averice

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