Terrorism Torture

Fiorina Says Torture Kept Us Safe (Spoiler: No it Didn’t)

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina told Yahoo News today that the CIA's use of waterboarding "kept our nation safe."

According to Fiorina, the use of torture was justified because it was the only way to obtain information that doesn't exist.

“I believe that all of the evidence is very clear — that waterboarding was used in a very small handful of cases [and] was supervised by medical personnel in every one of those cases,” Fiorina told Yahoo News. “And I also believe that waterboarding was used when there was no other way to get information that was necessary.”

Our torture was supervised by medical personnel, she says. I guess that makes it okay.

To say that waterboarding was the only way to obtain the necessary information is a misnomer because waterboarding did not lead to information that prevented a single terrorist attack. The Senate Intelligence Committee released a 525 page report in 2014 dispelling any notion that torture was instrumental in protecting national security.

The idea that torture compelled suspects to spill information which prevented more attacks after 9/11 is a right wing fantasy and some may say it would be irrelevant even if it had.

  • BillWestern

    If Carly Fiorina was so good at HP was has she been unemployed for the past ten years? Not even some small tech startup would hire her. So there’s that. And now she’s an expert on torture….

    • mdblanche

      Five years ago she applied for a position as senator from California. She didn’t get it. Unlike the other GOP candidates who’ve never held office before, in Fiorina’s case it’s not for lack of trying.

  • Clusterpuck

    We should also keep in mind, now that it’s been revealed that the entire “Zero Dark Thirty” war-porn flick was co-directed by the CIA, that there are a great many slimy interests who are invested in keeping this lie alive.

  • muselet

    Mother of pearl.

    I believe that all of the evidence is very clear — that waterboarding was used in a very small handful of cases [and] was supervised by medical personnel in every one of those cases.

    You know who else performed torture under medical supervision?

    First, it was her resume padding (no, she did not work her way up from the secretarial pool to the corner office). Then it was her insistence that she’d watched a scene that doesn’t exist in the misleadingly-edited Planned Parenthood scam videos (an insistence which has continued even after the scene’s nonexistence was confirmed by the same inveterate liars who produced those misleadingly-edited Planned Parenthood scam videos). Now, this.

    Carly Fiorina presents observers with a stark choice: either she (a) is incapable of telling the truth because something is misfiring inside her brain; or (b) is in fact vaguely aware of the existence of something called “the truth,” but on reflection has decided she wants nothing to do with it.

    For what it’s worth, I’m going with option (b).


    • JMAshby

      She’s a lizard people who thinks, speaks, and acts exactly like a vulturous CEO. She makes Mitt Romney look compassionate.

      • muselet

        Huh. There is a third option.


    • 1933john

      Maybe she is trying to keep up with the other boys.

      • muselet

        She certainly has the reflexive viciousness down pat.


  • 1933john

    Cheney in drag?

    • muselet

      Has anyone seen Carly Fiorina and Liz Cheney together?


  • Toolymegapoopoo

    Remember how as a kid you thought if you wished really hard and truly believed something was real then it would be real? Yeah, that’s how the “grown up” Republicans are. Fiorina has been falling into this quite a bit lately. I bet she is wishing really hard that the media would stop asking her to show these fetus snuff films that she knows totally exist (even though they don’t).

    • Victor the Crab

      Chuck Todd seems to have gotten the memo, judging by the way he rapped Fiorina’s knuckles gently with an ostrich feather yesterday morning.

    • mdblanche

      You know, Fiorina doesn’t really want to put Planned Parenthood out of business. You can tell because she’s never offered to be their CEO.