Wednesday, December 10, 2014

McCain: "I Know the Use of Torture Compromises That Which Distinguishes Us From Our Enemies"

Posted By on Wed, Dec 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Sen. John McCain took to the Senate floor to denounce the torturous methods laid out in yesterday's Senate Intelligence Committee's report. Talking Points Memo reports:

McCain, who was a prisoner of war in Vietnam, said on the Senate floor that his personal experience has shown abused prisoners offer up more bad than good, or even deliberately misleading, intelligence.

"Most of all, I know the use of torture compromises that which most distinguishes us from our enemies," he said. "Our belief that all people, even captured enemies, possess basic human rights which are protected by international conventions, [which] the United States not only joined but for the most part, authored."

McCain did acknowledge that the CIA resorted to extreme interrogation techniques with the goal of protecting Americans, but argued the ends didn't justify those means.

"I dispute wholeheartedly it was right for [CIA officers] to use these methods, which this report makes clear were neither in the best interest of justice, nor our security, nor the ideals we have sacrificed so much blood and treasure to defend," he said.

TPM rounds up the "most horrific revelations" here. Andrew Sullivan live-blogged the breaking news here.

Comments (7)

Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment

More by Jim Nintzel

  • Editor's Note

    Smoke Signals
    • Apr 19, 2018
  • The Skinny

    Downtown Tucson scored a big win last week when Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation extending the life of the Rio Nuevo district for an extra decade.
    • Apr 12, 2018
  • Editor's Note

    Get Your Fest On
    • Apr 12, 2018
  • More »
Today | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat
Burlesque Fitness

Burlesque Fitness @ Floor Polish

Mondays, Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

Staff Pick

Free Mozart and Beethoven Concert

Members of True Concord are joined by pianist Stephen Carlson for quintets by Mozart and Beethoven in… More

@ Dove of Peace Lutheran Church Sun., April 22, 2-3:30 p.m. 665 W. Roller Coaster Road.

» More Picks

Submit an Event Listing

Popular Content

  1. Antigone Books To Be Sold to Three Employees (If They Can Raise Some More Cash) (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  2. Interview with a Robot (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  3. The Strike Is On: Arizona Teachers Prepared for Walkout Next Week (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  4. The Weekly List: 24 Things To Do In Tucson This Week (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  5. The Wrongheaded Decision To Remove Auggie Romero As Pueblo High Principal (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)

© 2018 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation