McCain pushes back against Cheney: Interrogations violated law
Sen. John McCain disagrees with former Vice President Dick Cheney’s claim that enhanced interrogation techniques helped keep the country safe. “I think the interrogations were in violation of the Geneva Conventions and the convention against torture that we ratified under President Reagan,” McCain told CBS’ Bob Schieffer Sunday.
“I think these interrogations, once publicized, helped al Qaeda recruit. I got that from an al Qaeda 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 go the FBI and others, could have been gained through other members,” said McCain.
McCain disagree with Attorney General Holder’s decision to probe interrogation techniques that went beyond legal recommendations.
This video is from CBS’ Face the Nation, broadcast Aug. 30, 2009.