John McCain on Face the Nation: "I think the interrogations were in violation of the Geneva conventions and the conventions on torture that we ratified under President Reagan. I think these interrogations, once publicized, helped Al Qaeda recruit. I got that from a top Al Queda operative in a prison camp in Iraq....I think that the ability of us to work with our allies was harmed. And I believe that information, according to the FBI and others, could have been gained through other members."
Despite his willingness to oppose and disagree with former Vice President Cheney, who has been in complete denial over the course of a two month media blitz (this morning he got the usual Fox news full body massage from Chris Wallace), McCain does not agree with Eric Holder's appointment of an investigation team.
I think the President was right when he stated that we should be looking forward, and not backward. I worry about the morale and effectiveness of the CIA. I worry about this thing getting out of control and us harming our ability to carry out the struggle we are in with radical Islamic extremism"
Interesting choice of words from the senior Senator from Arizona...."I worry about this thing getting out of control...." Do you mean tying up the beltway with a nasty investigation? The former administration claiming executive privilege for everyone but the janitor? How about criminal prosecutions? How about John Yoo and Jay Bybee sweating bullets as they are getting grilled by Al Franken and the Senate judiciary?
How about the truth coming out? We tortured. We tortured the enemy just because we could in some cases. We tortured people hundreds of times each in a couple of cases. And yes, we tortured people to death. Obviously, former VP Cheney has the stomach for this...he has stated as much on numerous occasions, even going so far as to say he is proud of this work. Obviously, McCain is not proud of it at all, and who knows more about torture and being held in captivity than John McCain?