Former CIA director: Sen. Feinstein is too ‘emotional’ to investigate torture

By David Edwards
Sunday, April 6, 2014 15:10 EDT
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Michael Hayden speaks to Fox News
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Former NSA and CIA Director Michael Hayden on Sunday said that he had not seen the Senate’s report on the CIA’s use of torture, but he was sure that it could not be objective because Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) was too “emotional.”

In an interview on Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace pointed out that the Senate Intelligence Committee report had found that the CIA had misled Congress — both about the number of detainees that were tortured, and about the effectiveness of the so-called enhanced interrogation program.

“Yeah,” Hayden replied dismissively, noting that a Washington Post columnist had reported that “Sen. Feinstein wanted a report so scathing that it would ensure that an un-American, brutal program of detention and interrogation would never again be considered or permitted.”

“That motivation for the report may show deep emotional feeling on the part of the senator,” Hayden opined. “But I don’t think it leads you to an objective report.”

Wallace was shocked: “You and I both know Sen. Feinstein. I have the highest regard for her. You’re saying you think she was emotional in these conclusions?”

“You’re asking me about a report that I have no idea of its contents,” Hayden admitted. “No one responsible for that report has spoken a word of it to me, to [former CIA Director] George Tenet, to [former CIA Director] Porter Goss, to anyone else who is actually involved in these events.”

“So, it’s very hard for me to make a judgement.”

Watch the video below from Fox News’ Fox News Sunday, broadcast April 6, 2014.

(h/t: Crooks and Liars)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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