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Bin Laden Shooter O'Neill: Senate Torture Report Hurts US

By    |   Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 01:44 PM

Robert O'Neill, the retired Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden with three shots to the head, says the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA's use of torture is "the ultimate kiss-and-tell" — and its release harms the nation.

"[To] a lot of our allied countries that we depend on to use some of their territory and people, this is like the ultimate kiss-and-tell. They said we can use some of their spots, we did … and now they're like 'Wait a minute, we're not going to help you again if you're going to do this to us,' so that's damage there," O'Neill said Tuesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newmax TV.

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"There was really no reason for it. If they were to at least come with some recommendations, that would've been fine, but there were no recommendations.

"It just came out to come out. I don't know if it was a slow news cycle or what the reasoning was, but there's needless damage now."

The report — released by Democrats on the committee chaired by Sen. Dianne Feinstein — says the CIA misled Congress and the White House about its interrogations of terror suspects and mismanaged a program far more brutal and less effective than publicly portrayed.

It told of techniques such as waterboarding, rectal feeding, forced nudity, and extended periods of confinement in a coffin-sized box in attempts to break suspected terrorists after the 9/11 attacks.

Republicans counter that Democrats knew about and approved of the techniques and are doing an about-face for political purposes. They say the release of the report endangers Americans all over the world.

O'Neill agrees and added that the CIA should not stop using the controversial techniques in seeking information that will help keep the United States secure.

"We should use the same thing to get information, but I've been making the point that it's not torture. It's all part of a longer method of extracting information and it comes from a bunch of different ways," he said.

"It's not just you walk into a room, you hit them with water and then they either talk or they don't. It's keeping them awake for a while so they get confused, keeping them literally in the dark for a while so they don't know what time it is, they're tired, they're standing up, they're tired of the loud music.

"Certain things add up to all of a sudden they do say something, and then it becomes more comfortable, it's the ultimate good-cop, bad-cop thing, and that will work."

O'Neill said grislier tortures do not work as well as controlled interrogations.

"If you go in and start pulling fingernails and using drill bits on body parts, they're going to talk to talk," he said.

"But if you can confuse them with stuff that they can walk away from, it's going to work, it has worked and it will work. We should use it again."

Asked whether something like the Taliban's horror attack on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, which left more than a hundred children dead, can be avoided in the United States, O'Neill told host Steve Malzberg:

"It all starts with the realization that the enemy is still out there and just because we don't necessarily believe in them, they believe in us no matter how politically correct they want to get.

"They're showing that they're hitting at not even our most vulnerable, but our most innocent spot where they're going in and they're beheading children and burning teachers alive in front of children.

"It shows you the types of people, if you can even call them people, that we're dealing with. They're out there after us and they're not going to forget anything. They're fighting for the ideology."

O'Neill said the fact that the president did not mention the Taliban in his reaction to the school massacre is "ridiculous."

"We need at some point to start telling the truth, and the truth is this is a group of people that are fighting for a caliphate. They're trying to take over, if not all of the world, part of the world, and they're doing it based on some of their misguided beliefs," he said.

"It is Taliban, it is ISIS, it is Sunni Islam, a part of it, and people need to tell the truth for themselves."

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Robert O'Neill, the retired Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden with three shots to the head, says the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA's use of torture is "the ultimate kiss and tell" - and its release harms the nation.
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