John McCain: CIA Torture Methods ‘Stained Our National Honor’



Sen. John McCain, who was captured and tortured by the North Vietnamese during the Vietnam War, stepped up on the Senate floor Monday to condemn U.S. conduct in a new report that sheds new light on U.S. interrogations in the wake of the 9-11 attacks, The Huffington Post reported.

McCain said the CIA’s efforts to force information from detainees “stained our national honor, did much harm and little practical good.”

McCain denounced the CIA’s vigorous torture methods and said citizens have the right to fully grasp the methods used by their government to extract information from enemies.

“They must know when the values that define our nation are intentionally disregarded by our security policies, even those policies that are conducted in secret,” McCain said in a passionate Senate floor speech, The Huffington Post noted.

“They must be able to make informed judgments about whether those policies and the personnel who supported them were justified in compromising our values; whether they served a greater good; or whether, as I believe, they stained our national honor, did much harm and little practical good.”

McCain acknowledged the harsh conduct by investigators but said the nation must be open about its own behavior, The Washington Times reported.

“The truth is sometimes a hard pill to swallow. It sometimes causes us difficulties at home and abroad. It is sometimes used by our enemies in attempts to hurt us. But the American people are entitled to it, nonetheless,” McCain said.

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  1. I see the hypocrisy of many Americans that love freedom and use it as an excuse to fight but somehow assume that that freedom apply only to them.

    We have no Idea if the people incarcerated in Guantanamo are guilty of anything. Their freedom has been denied claiming that the constitution apply only to US citizens.
    To that you add the terrible ordeal of torture. Well…as much as I am an American and want the USA to win I will not turn a blind eye to injustice and evil just because I hate my enemy! Jews should be particularly careful in defending right morality human dignity and due process regardless of who we are referring to.

  2. “What kind of crazy values do you have?”

    What kind of crazy values do YOU have when you suggest that we should reduce ourselves to the level of the terrorists?

    “sorry but he stains it”

    McCain knows more about torture than anyone else in Washington. Your slander on his record of service stains you, not him.

  3. A true patriot and an honorable man. Those who criticize him should do a hundredth for our country that he did. What he is saying on the Senate floor is exactly what everyone else in the world is saying. The CIA has done horrendous damage to our moral standing in the world.

    And don’t forget – anything that damages the credibility of the USA also damages its ability to support Israel. Nobody – but nobody – is going to listen to us any more when we talk about human rights or defend Israel.