The Senate’s only member to survive torture as a prisoner of war, Senator John McCain, defended the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee report and broke with his party.  The former Presidential candidate passionately defended the release of the report and complained that the use of torture, particularly

waterboarding, stained our national honor and produced more bad than good intelligence.  He says, “It’s use was shameful and unnecessary and as the committee report makes clear, it produced little use of intelligence to help track down the perpetrators of 9-11 or prevent new attacks and atrocities.  McCain says the good produced by the report overrides any security concerns from its release. 

McCain harkened back to his time as a prisoner of war claiming, “I know from personal experience, the abuse of prisoners will produce more bad than good intelligence, victims of torture will often intentionally misleading information, they will say whatever they think their torturers want them to say if they believe it will stop their suffering.”  California Senator Dianne Feinstein released a Senate report on the CIA practices during the former President George W. Bush administration.  Opponents say it’s unclear why the report was released when it will have harmful consequences and become a recruiting tool for terrorists. 

Kris Dugan