Fox’s Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter are very paranoid when it comes to the possibility that the Obama administration could prosecute Bush officials for authorizing torture. “The president changed his mind after saying over and over and over and over again, and his top aides said over and over again that he wasn’t going to do this, I want to know who changed his mind, because that’s probably the real President of the United States. Do you suspect as I do that somebody influenced him and got to him and said change your mind and he just did it?” Hannity asked Coulter.
“I would like to know who the real President is because I don’t think it can actually be the teleprompter, but I think what pushed him into this was the entire mainstream media screaming that this is torture, torture, torture,” Coulter replied.
Coulter used claims that insects were used in interrogations to make light of the fact that detainees were tortured. “I don’t think anyone should be able to talk about what happened at Guantanamo without there being a little picture of a small caterpillar maybe on the side of the screen,” suggested Coulter. “That was one of the tortures. One was supposed to be afraid of insects . The CIA interrogators requested to put an adorable little caterpillar in his cell with him,” she mocked. “This is the sort of insane, wussie interrogation procedures they are engaging in.”
Coulter complained that interrogations were too mild since Obama banned harsh techniques. “We are being laughed at throughout the Arab world. I mean, if they are actuall reading these memos, they cannot be very afraid of being captured because it is such wussie stuff that is going on or was being permitted at Guantanamo,” said Coulter.
Hannity equated the release of the torture memos to the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame. “There was so much made over Valerie Plame and Valerie Plame putting her life and Joe Wilson’s life [in danger],” he said. “The media is now going to release the names… doesn’t that put their lives in jeapordy?”
Coulter agreed and continued to make light of the harsh interrogation techniques approved by President Bush. “They are using torture techniques, using implements that were manufactured by Fisher Price for things that people pay to have done to them at Six Flags,” she said.
This video is from Fox’s Hannity, broadcast Apr. 30, 2009.