Sen. Feinstein Calls Former CIA Director’s ‘Emotional’ Comment ‘Nonsense’

The senator rebuked the former intelligence director’s remarks on her personal feelings about a CIA report.

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Elahe Izad
April 7, 2014, 2:20 p.m.

In re­sponse to com­ments from former CIA and Na­tion­al Se­cur­ity Agency dir­ect­or Mi­chael Hay­den that she may have com­prom­ised a re­port on CIA in­ter­rog­a­tion tac­tics be­cause of her “emo­tion­al” views about the is­sue, Sen­ate In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee Chair­wo­man Di­anne Fein­stein has one word:

“Non­sense,” she told re­port­ers in the Cap­it­ol Monday.

“I have no doubt that there are very power­ful people who don’t want this re­port out, but what was said was just ab­so­lute non­sense,” Fein­stein ad­ded.

The In­tel­li­gence pan­el voted 11-3 last week to de­clas­si­fy por­tions of the re­port that de­tails the CIA’s in­ter­rog­a­tion and de­ten­tion pro­gram between 2001 and 2009. Hay­den said over the week­end that Fein­stein may have been mo­tiv­ated by her per­son­al feel­ings to change the pro­gram, point­ing to her state­ment that the de­clas­si­fic­a­tion “would en­sure an un-Amer­ic­an, bru­tal pro­gram of de­ten­tion and in­ter­rog­a­tion will nev­er again be con­sidered or per­mit­ted.”

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

Oth­er law­makers have already de­cried Hay­den’s com­ments. On Monday, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., called them “simply out­rageous.”


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