Mike Rogers: Don't Politicize CIA Torture Report

Sunday, 06 Apr 2014 03:01 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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A report that could be released concerning CIA interrogation and detention practices is "not the Holy Grail" and shouldn't be politicized, House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers said, accusing former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of making politically charged comments about former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Pelosi and Rogers appeared on CNN's "State of the Union" on separate segments, but she hit a hot button issue by complaining that Cheney "set the tone" at the agency during former President George W. Bush's administration.

The report, which will likely be declassified in upcoming weeks after the Senate voted to release it this past week,  is expected to be highly critical of some of the CIA's practices following the 9/11 attacks.

His comments came on CNN's "State of the Union," moments after House Minority Leader said that Cheney is "proud" of the CIA's actions, and that his "tone and attitude" allowed for controversial techniques for detention and interrogation, including waterboarding.

"Many people in the CIA are so patriotic, they protect our country in a way to avoid conflict and violence," Pelosi, D- Calif, told host Candy Crowley.

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Critics of the CIA's program complained that techniques such as waterboarding violated laws prohibiting torture, but others defended the CIA, saying such actions helped in the fight against terrorism.

"What worries me about that more than any other statement is that politicizes this in a way that's horribly counterproductive and likely to lead people to the wrong conclusions," Rogers said shortly after Pelosi's interview.

"Why now in an election year would you bring this up and then to say this is about Dick Cheney...clearly when you say things like that it becomes highly charged politically."

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