Transcript for CIA nominee Gina Haspel grilled over torture views
Well, there was tough talk during the CIA director Gina Haspel's senate hearing where she was grilled about overseeing a torture program in 2002. Camilla Harris, senator, tried to find out if her views have changed. Take a look. Do you believe the previous interrogation techniques were immoral? Senator, I believe that CIA did extraordinary work to prevent another attack on this country given the legal tools that we were authorized to use. Please answer yes or no. Senator, what I believe sitting here today is that I support the higher moral standard we have decided to hold ourselves. Will you please answer the question? Senator, I think I have answered the question. No, you have not. Remember how the gentleman in the white house talked about torture on the campaign trail? No? We got a clip. Don't tell me it doesn't work. Torture works. Torture doesn't work. Believe me, it works. Waterboarding is a minor form, and they asked me the question. What do you think of waterboarding? Absolutely fine, but I think we should go much stronger than waterboarding. That's what I feel. What I would say, is I would like you to try it and see how that is -- because I don't think anybody, you know. I think people who have actually been tortured who are saying this is not a good thing, you should listen to them because you have never been tortured and neither has dick chany. He had five deferments from the military, so he has never served either. This is why I can't stand trump. We're turning it around again here. She's back! You give it with this, and take it with that. He says it, it doesn't work because there is no collusion. There is no climate change because he says it. That makes it true? No. It's not true. I have a lot to say about this, and we're running short on the clock. Go for it. This is what I will say. Obviously, you know, nothing about my father, you probably know he was tortured in prison for 5 1/2 years. He couldn't lift me above his head, and he has had injuries that have lasted since. It does not work, and you don't just take a gun and blow someone's kneecap off and get the information you want. The point is, people break and they give false information, which is why we have to rely on our ops and special forces around the country, which is how we ended up catching Osama bin laden. When you are talking about waterboarding, I don't think people understand that. Someone is strapped onto a plank of some kind N a horizontal way, and they have a piece of cloth over their face, and they pour water down, and it gives the simulation of drowning. It is torture. We have to be better. As I said, we have to be better than the terrorists. If you are okay with torture, and WACH I consider, and most Americans do as well. Maybe he means drowning? What is he talking about? I think it's psychotic. But this moral relativism of where we would go down, are we going to be like ISIS and chop people's heads off? We are better. She said she won't do it, but, you know, everybody says they won't until they do. Also destroyed 92 video tapes of the torture. We will be right back with
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