(NBC News) – There’s more fallout this morning from the release of a Senate report detailing extreme techniques used on terror suspects after 9-11.
Many are appalled, but former CIA officials insist it’s not torture.
Keeping terror suspects naked in dark dungeons for days, slamming them against walls, sleep deprivation, and simulated drowning did not help the U.S. track down Osama Bin Laden, the senate report finds. “Its use was shameful and unnecessary,” said Senator John McCain, (R) Arizona.
President Obama called it brutal torture. “The C.I.A. set up something very fast without a lot of forethought to what the ramifications might be,” said the President.
Ramifications for thousands of troops and diplomats who are now on alert all over the world. “And the good guys aired their dirty laundry,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, (R) South Carolina.
“It could be used to incite unrest and even attacks against our service members,” said Senator Saxby Chambliss, (R) Georgia.
But democrats insist, the information had to come out. “The report will carry the message: ‘Never again,'” said Senator Dianne Feinstein, (D) California.
Former CIA chiefs are defending what happened: “The standard was, what is lawful, effective, and appropriate at a time of great extremists in the United States, with 3,000 fellow citizens who’ve been murdered,” said Former CIA & NSA Director, General Michael Hayden.
The report says President Bush didn’t find out till four years later. Not so, the CIA says: “We briefed the National Security Adviser and the White House legal counsel in great detail,” said Former CIA Director John McLaughlin.
History – now wide open for the world to see, and judge.