Former Speaker of the House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is blaming former Vice President Dick Cheney for the CIA’s practice of “enhanced interrogation” techniques. The Democratic leader of the House told reporters that she believed that Cheney “set the tone” for the CIA during the Bush administration in the wake of the Sept. 2011 attacks.
Pelosi stated during the Bush administration that, “Vice President Cheney set a tone and an attitude for the CIA,”. She also commented that many of the people who work for the CIA are very patriotic and that they would protect America in any way possible. She went on to say that the “Attitude there came from Dick Cheney,” The Democrat also blamed Cheney for the enhanced interrogation tactics and proud of techniques the CIA used on prisoners as well.
Pelosi’s comments are a result of the Senate Intelligence Committee vote to declassify some documents regarding the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques after the 9/11 attacks. Critics of the CIA are saying that the techniques used are tantamount to torture, and should not be tolerated.
The Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said that the report exposes a stain on American history and that it should never be repeated again. “The report exposes brutality that stands in sharp contrast to our values as a nation,” Feinstein said.
Along with Pelosi blaming the use of what Democrats say amounts to torture on Cheney, Sen. Angus King (I-ME) said that, “If he doesn’t think that was torture, I would invite him anywhere in the United States to sit in a waterboard and go through what those people went through,” King, who typically votes with the Democrats also said that he was surprised that Cheney didn’t consider it torture and that if Sen. John McCain thinks it is, then McCain can make a better judgment than Cheney.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rodgers, a Republican is suspicious of Pelosi’s blaming Cheney for enhanced interrogation and distaste of what the report said, warning her against politicizing the report, saying that it is not the “Holy Grail” and that it doesn’t divulge all of the facts about what went on.
Rodgers told CNN, that for Pelosi to blame Cheney that it “Politicizes” this in a way that’s horribly counterproductive,” Rodgers also stated that her comments are going to lead people to the wrong conclusions about what actually happened. He and other Republicans in Congress have serious concerns about the report and are suspicious about the partisan nature of it.
Michael Hayden, the former director of the CIA said that Feinstein may be too “emotional” and unable to produce a report without bias. He further noted that Feinstein may have wanted to create a report that was so unpopular that the actions of the CIA post 9/11 wouldn’t be able to happen in the United States again.
Hayden further defended the actions taken by the CIA by way of enhanced interrogation tactics saying that he believes the use of said tactics were instrumental in the killing of Osama bin Laden. He also fought back against those who said that the CIA tried to hide the tactics used from congress, saying that as director, it was his call to inform the House and Senate Intelligence Committees to move prisoners to Guantanamo Bay and to go public with the information. Unlike Pelosi, Hayden did not blame the use of enhanced interrogation tactics on Cheney.
By Nathaniel Pownell
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