Peter King: We’re Worried More About al-Qaida Lives Than American Lives

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The Senate Intelligence Committee’s partisan “torture report” is a “disgrace” that is putting American lives at risk, Rep. Peter King of New York said Wednesday on Newsmax TV’s “America’s Forum.”

“There are embassies on alert all over the world as a result of this report coming out, but secondly and maybe most importantly, the report is entirely misleading and wrong and it’s a slander among the good men and women of the CIA,” King said.

According to the report released Tuesday by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, the CIA misled Congress and White House officials about interrogation techniques used on al-Qaida terror suspects and engaged in much more brutal enhanced tactics than publicly portrayed.

The report was solely the work of Democrats. Republicans bowed out early on when they concluded it was a partisan witch hunt intended to damage the Bush administration.

Americans had a legitimate fear after 9/11 that another attack was imminent, King said, and the CIA was being heavily criticized for failing to have secured sufficient intelligence prior to 9/11 to thwart the carnage.

“There were all pressures put on them to find where the next attack would be coming from and to find out who that could be behind it and what can be done to stop it, and everything they did was approved by the Justice Department, by the president,” King said.

“It was made known to the key members of the Intelligence Committee, both Democrat and Republican.

“They knew about it and not to over-simplify it, but … [to] put it in the starkest terms: If we had captured Mohamed Atta on Sept. 9 or Sept. 10, 2001, and we knew that somewhere within the next day or two 3,000 Americans were going to be killed in a terrorist attack and they wouldn’t have to jump out windows, they wouldn’t have to be burned to death and we could find [where] that attack was going to be, are you saying that we would not have held Mohamed Atta’s head under water?

“To me, the crime would be if we didn’t do it,” King said. “I don’t consider this torture. And when Dianne Feinstein says we have to have a just society, the fact is we’re talking about enemies here. Enemies of a foreign power who are coming to kill.”

He derided the “moral equivalency” of a few al-Qaida terrorists over the safety and welfare of thousands of Americans.

“We’re talking about three people who were waterboarded who were al-Qaida terrorists,” King said. “We’re worried about them, but we’re not worried about Americans who may be killed?

“Where is the morale equivalency here? What are we talking about? Assuming she was right and assuming that the three people who were waterboarded were treated horribly.

“That’s three al-Qaida terrorists we’ve treated badly. Assuming if the world found out about that, we’re willing to risk the murder of American citizens. This is absolutely disgraceful.”

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9 COMMENTS

  1. ” If we had captured Mohamed Atta on Sept. 9 or Sept. 10, 2001, and we knew that somewhere within the next day or two 3,000 Americans were going to be killed in a terrorist attack and they wouldn’t have to jump out windows, they wouldn’t have to be burned to death and we could find [where] that attack was going to be, are you saying that we would not have held Mohamed Atta’s head under water?”

    We didn’t know who Mohammed Atta was, and torture would not have changed that. In fact, we mistook a different person for him!

    The truth is that King is acting as an apologist for the intelligence failures of the Bush administration. And the failure of the torture program to obtain any useful intelligence is one example. The CIA did not have experience with anything like this and it is no surprise that they botched it. Other government security agencies ranging from local police to the FBI and the US military interrogate without torture and get useful information, but the Bush administration did not use them.

    “I don’t consider this torture. ”

    John McCain does. And he knows a lot more about torture than the apologists for torture who are commenting here.

    “This man is so right”

    No, he probably didn’t read the report. The committee could not find a single instance in which the torture produced any useful information. The real question is when the Republicans will stop trying to pretend that the Bush administration wasn’t a disaster in almost every respect.

  2. Chaim S#2 above:His real name was Karob Eboma.I also have been informed by reliable sources that the only thing Jewish about Diane Feinstein is her name.

  3. He is right!
    The same thing happens with Israel! But all the world stand up to protect this reshoyim!
    We have the right to protect ourselves no matter what…

    Is this Dianne Feinstein a yid? Its time she learns who this “criminals” are: educated to kill as many people as possible with no remorse!

  4. “he probably didn’t read the report” – idiotic response.
    You “probably” didnt read the whole 500+ page long report either.
    I’m not apologising for the Bush admin. Most, if not all, american admins have been useless. But not quite as vile as the virus of islamic terror…yet.

    A fool looks at a doctor cutting someone open and calls him a murderer. A chochom sees the emes.

    You are “probably” the former.

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