Scarborough: Dem Reaction to CIA Torture Report 'Preposterous, Outrageous'

Monday, 07 Apr 2014 09:52 AM

By Wanda Carruthers

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It's "preposterous" and "outrageous" for Democratic Calif. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Nancy Pelosi to act "shocked" about CIA torture practices following the 9/11 attacks, when they were briefed about the program in 2002, charged talk-show host and former U.S. Rep. Joe Scarborough.

"All the liberals on the Intel Committee that are acting so shocked, a decade later, safely removed from 9/11, were the very ones that were saying, 'What else can we do?' in 2002.

"This is preposterous," Scarborough said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Monday. "It's outrageous and it's disgraceful."



The Senate Intelligence Committee voted Thursday to release parts of a report that details torture practices by the CIA following the 9/11 terror attacks. Scarborough called the report "skewed" with so much "cherry picking" that "Republicans walked away from it."

"They said, 'Listen, if you Democrats want to make a political statement instead of telling the truth, great. You guys do it. We're walking away from it,'" said Scarborough, a former Florida congressman.

Scarborough explained that "history books will reveal" the senators now critical of the tactics "knew everything that was going on" in 2001 and 2002. He said their actions were a "disgrace to the men and women" who worked to prevent another terrorist attack.

"While [the CIA was] doing it, Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, [Sen.] Jay Rockefeller [D-W.Va.], and all of these other moral giants were saluting and asking what else could be done," Scarborough said.

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