Fox News military analyst Thomas McInerney disputed assertions made by Senator John McCain that torture doesn’t work, saying “it worked on (him)” and “that’s why they call him ‘Songbird John.'”
The shocking statements came in the midst of a discussion on McCain opposing President Trump’s CIA director nominee, Gina Haspel.
The senator opposes Haspel’s nomination based on her involvement in an enhanced interrogation program – a necessity to combat global terrorism – during the Bush administration.
“Her role in overseeing the use of torture is disturbing and her refusal to acknowledge torture’s immorality is disqualifying,” McCain said.
I believe Gina Haspel is a patriot who loves our country & has devoted her professional life to its service & defense. However, her role in overseeing the use of torture is disturbing & her refusal to acknowledge torture’s immorality is disqualifying. https://t.co/ocDtdqU2Sx
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) May 10, 2018
McInerney pointed out that torture is illegal as determined by Congress, so Haspel wouldn’t be able to implement the program again regardless.
But he did want McCain to know that it works. And he had a specific illustration in mind.
“Well, she can’t use it [torture] anymore because we have determined in Congress that it’s not legal,” McInerney told Fox Business host Charles Payne. “The fact is, is John McCain, it worked on John. That’s why they call him ‘Songbird John.'”
— Leanne Naramore (@LeanneNaramore) May 10, 2018
Reaction on social media was swift …
This is shameful. “Military analyst on Fox advocates for torture: “It worked on John [McCain]. That’s why they call him ‘Songbird John'” https://t.co/9U7enM0EGO
— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) May 10, 2018
what the….. “Fox military analyst says torture worked on McCain: ‘They call him Songbird John’
— Hadas Gold (@Hadas_Gold) May 10, 2018
No one calls John McCain “Songbird John,” you unhinged maniac.https://t.co/5bBtHoScek
— Emma Vigeland (@EmmaVigeland) May 10, 2018
According to The Hill, McCain “falsely confessed to crimes after being tortured for multiple days and having his ribs broken in a North Vietnamese prison during the Vietnam War.”
McInerney also said that he agreed with former Vice President Dick Cheney that these enhanced interrogation programs work and should be started up again.
“The fact is those methods can work, and they are effective, as former Vice President Cheney said,” McInerney finished. “And if we have to use them to save a million American lives, we will do whatever we have to.”
Cheney said the programs should be continued.
“I’d have them active and ready to go, and I’d go back and study them and learn,” he said on the same network.
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