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President Barack Obama on Friday defended CIA Director John Brennan and acknowledged the agency tortured prisoners after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
“I have full confidence in John Brennan,” Obama said at a White House news conference.
Obama said the administration has completed the declassification of portions of a Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA interrogation practices under President George W. Bush.
“In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, we did some things that were wrong. We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks. We did things that were contrary to our values,” Obama said. “That’s what that report reflects….. The character of our country has to be measured in part not by what we do when things are easy but what we do when things are hard.”
The current policy traces its roots to the administration of former President Bill Clinton. Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, however, what had been a limited program expanded dramatically
The use of torture as a function of terror, or its equivalent in sadistic behavior, has been historic de facto U.S. policy.
originally posted by: loam
a reply to: LDragonFire
originally posted by: LDragonFire
Can we expect war crime charges against GWB and Cheney?
Of course not.
Doing so would effectively remove from the table the option for the present administration and his successors.
originally posted by: VegHead
What a bizarre down-home way to put it.
"We tortured some folks."
Makes it sound as American as apple pie!