The Senate Intelligence Committee's classified report on the CIA's enhanced interrogation tactics during the Bush era is politically motivated through and through, says Seton Motley, founder of the conservative advocacy group Less Government.
There are three main motivations, Motley told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"One, if they're talking about the Bush administration, they're not talking about the Obama administration. That's helpful," he said Monday.
"Two, they owe their base something on this because, remember, the first executive order Barack Obama signed was closing [the detention center at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba]. They still haven't closed Gitmo. So, the whacko left base wants a pound of flesh on this, and this is their attempt to give them that.
"Three, they're still genuinely upset about this, and [the senior Democratic leadership in the Senate is] embarrassed because it has come to light, and it's been known for years now, they were briefed as early as 2002 about what was going on – at least the people on the security panels, the committees in the House and Senate."
So, the goal of the report, six years in the making, is to take the spotlight off failed Obama policies in a midterm election year, Motley said.
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"You can sum it up in two words: midterm elections," said conservative radio host Kevin Jackson. "Anything to get the attention off of what's really happening. I mean, this is a moot conversation."
The whole thing smacks of hypocrisy, Jackson said.
"The fact of the matter is, if you're going to really protect this country, you're willing to do whatever it takes and we need to stop being disingenuous about that as a nation and just say, look, if you bother Americans, there is no length to which we're [not] going to go in order to protect our citizens," he said.
"But instead, as we've done with Russia, as we've done with our economy, we projected weakness."
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