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Former CIA Director General Hayden Schools Brian Williams On ‘Torture’

The former head of the CIA had some interesting words for NBC’s Brian Williams on the topic of so-called “torture” during a crisis.

General Michael Hayden has been making the media rounds to push back against Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and her one-sided “torture report” which condemns the actions of the agency he once headed up. Those rounds included a stop over at NBC News, where Brian Williams actually asked, “What if you, God forbid, members of your family, had to undergo some of the treatments we are reading about in this report? Can you personalize it in that way?

It was time for the general to take the anchor to school.

I actually think, Brian, that my concern or my outrage, if that were ever done to any of my family members, would be somewhat muted if my family members had just killed 3,000 of my citizens,” answered Hayden.

The interview ended shortly after that, as you can see in the video above.

In today’s Wall Street Journal, by the way, General Hayden and two other former CIA directors meticulously rebutted Feinstein’s claim that enhanced interrogation failed to glean life-saving intelligence information from terrorists in U.S. custody.

In one example, they noted how Khalid Sheikh Muhammed (the 9/11 mastermind) became an “invaluable” intelligence asset after he was aggressively interrogated, giving up Rusman Gunawan, who had organized an al Qaeda cell in Southeast Asia. Gunawan and a cabal of Islamic terrorists were in the process of planning a “second wave” attack on the United States, similar to the one perpetuated on 9/11, but this one was said to target the West Coast also using airplanes.

Yet in the world of Brian Williams, heaven forbid you make bloodthirsty terrorists who are actively plotting the murder of tens of thousands of American citizens feel uncomfortable and all.

That’s torture!

 


Matt Fox

Senior Editor

Fox has history in broadcasting that spans two decades. From his early days as an FM host and club DJ in the mid-90′s to his later experiences in political talk radio, he has always had a knack for combining topical news with his love for popular culture. Those experiences culminated in his position as executive producer for several radio shows featured in the TALKERS Heavy 100. Originally from New York, Fox has made the great pilgrimage down to sunny south Florida.

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