By Elaine Magliaro
Former communications chief for George W. Bush and torture apologist Nicole Wallace got incensed during a discussion of the recently released CIA torture report on Morning Joe today. A frequent guest on Scarborough’s show, Wallace vehemently defended the agency’s use of waterboarding on three al-Qaeda suspects. A current host of The View, she argued that she didn’t “care” what officials did because it was in order to protect Americans.
Wallace said, “In the history of this country, I think months after 9/11 there were three people who we thought knew about imminent attacks and we did whatever we had to do. And I pray to god that until the end of time, we do whatever we have to do to find out what’s happening.” She added, “The notion that somehow this makes America less great is asinine and dangerous.”
Catherine Thompson (TPM):
Wallace…expressed frustration that White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest wouldn’t say whether President Barack Obama found information gleaned from those harsh interrogation techniques helpful in tracking down Osama Bin Laden.
Wallace continued, “That’s what this is about. Does this help us kill people who want to kill us regardless of what we do. But the notion that what we do affects terrorists is a lie. It’s a lie perpetrated by political correctness and liberals, and it’s dangerous.”
Former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean pushed back on that point, arguing that the problem isn’t whether the CIA waterboarded three people but rather what else the U.S. government did that American citizens don’t know about yet.
At that point in the discussion, Wallace made it clear that she didn’t give a damn what the CIA had done to detainees in US custody. “What else did we do to make sure that 3,000 people weren’t blown out, obliterated on a New York City morning?” Wallace said. “I don’t care what we did.”
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It’s so frustrating to watch someone who demands silence from others while she talks and then she interrupts and talks over those who want to rebut. She should keep her head up her ass instead of spewing hate.
I think she took her head out of her arse in order to give her impassioned defense of torture.
Elaine, exactly my point. she needs to put it back where it’s been. she is spouting from ignorance and refuses to let anyone enlighten her.
She – and Hannity – went to the same GOP bully journalist (sic) pulpit training camp.
Torture 101 – is probably their hazing ritual!
Senator Finestein and why now ? She said in January she will lose her chairmanship on the Senate Intelligence committee and if she didn’t release the information now,with the incoming Republican majority in the Senate it would probably never see the light of day.Makes sense to me.
Concur – eniobob….
Really Mike ? Intelligence report release,Benghazi,Hillary Clinton.kinda felt his pain trying to explain Benghazi,Sometime when you swallow that hard you choke.
Lets wait & see what John McCain has to say — he is the only one in a position to know, first hand, what torture is. If the glove does not fit …………
John McCain presented a speech on the subject today. I think it was his shining hour in the Senate.
John McCain CIA Torture Report Senate Speech. Torture Was Ineffective, Stained Our National Honor
So glad that McCain said something so I can finally agree with him. Good job.
I just discovered a stunning memo by Lewis Powell written in 1971. Someone here should write about it – once a year. Here’s hoping…
Holy crap, Harvey.
Yeah, I’m pretty sure I’ll be writing a column on that matter because it is clear Powell doesn’t have a clue what fascism actually entails or that that is precisely what he is suggesting.
Thanks. I’d never seen that.
Gene Howington, should Guantanamo Bay be shut down in your opinion?
A current host of The View, she argued that she didn’t “care” what officials did because it was in order to protect Americans.
“Americans” as in herself and her own sense of privilege.
If we as U.S. citizens claim to oppose torture of people like what happened in Iraq under Saddam Hussein, however, we do that to enemy detainees at Guantanamo Bay under the euphemism of enhanced interrogation, that would make us hypocrites. Just my thoughts.