On Tuesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee released its nearly 600-page summary [PDF] of the staggering, 6,700-page report on the “enhanced interrogations techniques” used by the CIA post-9/11. The report, which studied 6 million internal documents, shows that the agency’s techniques were ineffective in yielding intel, and that the agency repeatedly misled the public, Congress, and the White House about the extent of its torture program. The tactics that the CIA employed include “”rectal rehydration,” near drowning, waterboarding, and standing on broken legs.
The shocking and troubling report didn’t disturb everyone, however. There were some conservative politicians and pundits who justified the CIA’s measures:
The response to Sen Feinstein. There is another side of the story but not being reported today. http://t.co/oXWub69162
— Tom Sullivan (@sullivanradio) December 9, 2014
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) December 9, 2014
Those who served us in aftermath of 9/11 deserve our thanks not one sided partisan Senate report that now places American lives in danger.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) December 9, 2014
The Feinstein "torture" report will make Rolling Stone’s UVA story look reliable…
— Marc Thiessen (@marcthiessen) December 9, 2014
VP Cheney: CIA interrogators deserve our gratitude – Democrat Senate Intel Report targeting them is "a crock" http://t.co/Rd00hLsV5o
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) December 9, 2014
— Ron Conway (@RonConway) December 9, 2014
The CIA, too, has launched a website to defend itself in response to the backlash.
(Image: Senate Intelligence Committee)