John McCain: Classified Senate Report on Torture ‘Chilling’

The Republican says some aspects of the report, which have not yet been made public, are too upsetting to repeat.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 13: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee member Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) (R) questions former Department of Defense General Counsel Jeh Johnson during his confirmation hearing to be the next Secretary of Homeland Security with committee Chairman Tom Carper (D-DE) (L) and Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill November 13, 2013 in Washington, DC. If confirmed by the Senate, Johnson would replace Secretary Janet Napolitano who left DHS in September.
National Journal
April 1, 2014, 11:10 a.m.

The Sen­ate In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee’s re­port on in­ter­rog­a­tion tech­niques em­ployed by the CIA in the wake of the Sept. 11 at­tacks in­cludes a num­ber of “chilling” stor­ies of the use of tor­ture by Amer­ic­an of­fi­cials that have not yet been re­leased to the pub­lic, Sen. John Mc­Cain said Tues­day.

The ex­ist­ence of the re­port and some of its con­tents, in­clud­ing that co­er­cive tech­niques such as wa­ter­board­ing did not lead to the cap­ture of Osama bin Laden, were first re­por­ted by The Wash­ing­ton Post on Monday.

The 6,300-page re­port is clas­si­fied, but the In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee, headed by Chair­wo­man Di­anne Fein­stein, will push Thursday for the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion to de­clas­si­fy a 400-page ex­ec­ut­ive sum­mary, The Post re­por­ted.

Asked about the re­port, Mc­Cain said it of­fers fur­ther evid­ence of the in­ef­fi­cien­cies of us­ing tor­ture on Amer­ic­an en­emies. “When you tor­ture someone they will say any­thing you want to hear to make the pain stop. So I nev­er, ever be­lieved this bo­logna that, well, be­cause of wa­ter­board­ing they got in­form­a­tion,” he said.

Mc­Cain said he has not read the re­port him­self, but has “heard a lot about it.” He de­clined to com­ment on any­thing that was not in­cluded in the ori­gin­al Wash­ing­ton Post re­port on the re­cord, but ad­ded: “There’s a couple stor­ies [in the re­port] that are so chilling that I can’t re­peat them right now.”

Mc­Cain also elab­or­ated on an event that was re­por­ted Monday by The Post, not­ing that of­fi­cials wa­ter­board­ing a ter­ror sus­pect re­por­ted to CIA headquar­ters that they had “got­ten everything we can out of the guy.”

“The mes­sage came back, ‘Wa­ter­board him some more.’ That is un­con­scion­able,” Mc­Cain said.

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