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Ex-Gen. Jack Keane: Can't Separate CIA Methods From 9/11 Fears

By    |   Friday, 12 Dec 2014 02:05 PM

It's easy for critics of interrogation tactics the CIA used in the wake of 9/11 to take the "moral high ground" by ignoring the context of decisions former President George W. Bush made after the 2001 terror attacks, says retired Gen. Jack Keane.

History was on the side of presidents who had been "informed by core values," but chose certain actions because "national security and protecting the American people took precedence," Keane told Fox News' "America's Newsroom."

"These political leaders today all supported the president's decision on enhanced interrogation techniques. And, now they're separating themselves from that decision," Keane said Friday.

"When you separate it from the context of that decision, it's easy to ride the moral high ground and denigrate those decisions, based on core values."

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and a California Democrat, released the controversial and partisan report on Tuesday that detailed methods the CIA used to question suspected terrorists after 9/11.

Feinstein was criticized for releasing the report because of fears it could put American lives in danger.

Bush allowed the enhanced interrogation procedures, that included waterboarding and sleep deprivation, because he was working under a "ticking bomb scenario because of a second wave" of possible attacks, said Keane, who retired as a four-star Army general.

"He makes a decision informed by core values. National security takes precedence. And, now, people want to separate themselves from that and take it out of context," he said. "You can only understand these decisions within that context."

History would show that "President Bush and these actions that he took will be justified by his desire to protect the American people," he predicted.

Keane said he "applauded" CIA Director John Brennan for "bringing the audience back to what had taken place on 9/11 and the context of that issue" during his press conference on Thursday.

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It's easy for critics of interrogation tactics the CIA used in the wake of 9/11 to take the "moral high ground" by ignoring the context of decisions former President George W. Bush made after the 2001 terror attacks, says retired Gen. Jack Keane.
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