After the World Trade Center bombing and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, U.S. senators were told that the kind of torture done by intelligence and military members were "enhanced interrogation" tactics and complied with the law. Suddenly, however, the senators that were willing to move forward with such torture have a problem with, Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump's nominee to head the CIA, for her involvement in the CIA's interrogation program.
It was enough for former CIA officer Phil Mudd to nail the hypocrisy by many officials in office during the early 2000s.
"She spoke about American values and she spoke about rule of law," Mudd said of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who appeared on CNN prior to the discussion. "I appreciate what she votes on. She can vote however she wants. I don't appreciate the collective amnesia."
While Harris was not in the senate during that era, many officials were.
"Let's go dirty and ugly. I was among the CIA officers 15 years ago who spoke with the Congress in detail about the techniques we used. I spoke about the techniques that were authorized by the Department of Justice, and I spoke to Republicans and Democrats, they were either silent or supportive," Mudd continued. "We have talked to people would represent rule of law. I can't help they are Republicans. They were voted on by the American people when they voted for a Republican president. They are the highest lawyers in the land and including the attorney general. They told us this was not torture and that it complied with the Constitution and that it complied with U.S. law."
Mudd said that those senators once supportive of torture can vote for or against Haspel "but don't give me the collective amnesia." He doesn't want to see those lawmakers put the blame on the CIA.
"I want to talk to the senators who told us that they represented American values and conveniently in 2002 and 2003 disrepresented American values," Mudd said about those lawmakers. "And now that we don't face the same threat and different senators, it's okay to attack one of my former colleagues. I'm pissed off. This is collective amnesia."
"We didn't do it," Mudd said of the CIA. "America did it. Get over it."
Watch the full take below: