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Chuck Todd On Torture Report: Americans ‘Very Forgiving’ On This Front

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In more “torture report” related news… “Meet the Press” host, Chuck Todd, appeared on “Morning Joe” today ahead of his scheduled interview Sunday with former Vice President, Dick Cheney.

Referring to the American public’s initial support of anti-terror prevention through the use of extreme tactics, Joe Scarborough said to Todd, ”like in a time of crisis, Americans throw the niceties out. They leave it to Columbia Law School Professors to talk about legality. They’re like ‘keep us safe.’ You know?”

“No, it is,” Todd responded in agreement. ”It’s always one of those — and I’m sure you’ve had votes like that — where in the moment, it’s one thing, ten years later you look back and, ‘Hmm, should we have thought about that better? Should we have thought about that differently?’ And I think that’s the fairest, sort of defense in all of this is … you’ve got to remember the way things felt in the moment”

Todd went on to say, “Americans are very forgiving on this front. The thing that this report is damaging is relationships overseas.”

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FP’s David Rothkopf To Discuss New Book With Wolf Blitzer

DJR_TWITTER_5Wolf Blitzer will have David Rothkopf, CEO and editor of Foreign Policy magazine, on “Wolf” at 1 PM ET this afternoon to discuss his new book “National Insecurity: American Leadership in an Age of Fear.”

Detailing a post-9/11 America’s sense of vulnerability following the terror attacks, Rothkopf’s book addresses the challenges faced by two very different presidents and their administrations in a era of great change and need for rapid adaptation by the American superpower — touching on topics such as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the financial crisis, dysfunction in Washington, the rise of China, and the dawn of the era of cyber warfare.

 

 

Jake Tapper To Former CIA Director: ‘You’re Really Defending Rectal Rehydration?’

Tapper and HaydenOn “The Lead” with Jake Tapper yesterday afternoon, former CIA director, Michael Hayden, stopped by the show to share his thoughts on the recently released “torture report.”

Things got a little tense, however, when Jake directed the conversation toward the “unauthorized activities” mentioned in the report, citing the always fun subject of rectal rehydration – one of the more talked about aspects of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report.

“No, stop! That was a medical procedure,” said the former director. “That was done because of detainee health — that the people responsible there for the health of these detainees saw that they were becoming dehydrated. They had limited options in which to go do this. It was intravenous with needles, which would be dangerous with a non-cooperative detainee; it was through the nasal passages..”

“Pureeing hummus and pine nuts and,” Tapper sarcastically interjected.

Hayden quickly responded, “Jake, I’m not a doctor and neither are you, but what I am told is this is one of the ways that the body is rehydrated; these were medical procedures. To give you a sense …”

“You’re really defending rectal rehydration?” Tapper asked with a smirk of disbelief.

“What I’m defending is history,” said Hayden. “To give you a sense as to how this report was put together — this activity, which was done five times and each time for the health of the detainee, not part of the interrogation program, not designed to soften him up for any questioning. The committee, the Democrats on the committee, have used one half-assed unwarranted comment in one e-mail to justify the story that you have now bought hook, line and sinker that we use this to abuse other human beings.”

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Andrea Mitchell Listing Torture Methods At Director Brennan

andrea_mitchell_a_p_300During CIA Director John Brennan‘s address this afternoon regarding the recent torture report, Andrea Mitchell, NBC News’ Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, asked Brennan whether there was a possibility that the CIA may employ similar tactics in the future.

“If there is some unknowable value to these techniques — to waterboarding, to near drowning, slamming people against the wall, hanging them in stress positions, confining them in small boxes or coffins, threatening them with drills, waving guns around there head as they are blindfolded – what or which of these techniques could be used, if, as the director of Central Intelligence, you and another president, or this president, were faced with an imminent threat? Could there be another covert finding that would lead you and your successors to say we should do this?”

Following Mitchell’s comprehensive list of CIA torture methods, a flustered Brennan responded by leaving the door somewhat open, ”We in the CIA are not in the detention program, we are not contemplating at all getting back into the detention program, using any of those EIT’s. So, I defer to the policy makers in future times, when there is going to be the need to be able to ensure that this country stays safe, if we face a similar type of crisis.”

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Kasie Hunt To Rick Perry: ‘Are You Smart Enough To Be President?’

Screen Shot 2014-12-11 at 2.03.35 PMIn an interview with Texas governor Rick Perry, MSNBC’s political correspondent, Kasie Hunt, posed a question that many Americans are asking, “are you smart enough to be president?”

“Running for the presidency’s not an IQ test. It is a test of an individual’s resolve. It’s a test of an individual’s philosophy. It’s a test of an individual’s life’s experiences,” responded the 2012 presidential candidate during the interview at the governor’s mansion. ”And I think Americans are really ready for a leader that will give them a great hope about the future.”

Perry, whose governorship will expire at the end of the year, is contemplating a possible 2016 run.

Watch the interview via MSNBC.

Dick Cheney Scheduled For Meet the Press

Meet the Press with Chuck ToddAfter describing the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on torture as “full of crap” on Special Report with Bret Baier last evening, former VP and Emperor Palpatine impersonator, Dick Cheney, is scheduled to appear on Meet the Press with Chuck Todd this Sunday — most likely to spread some holiday cheer.

Although the former Vice President told Baier that he “hadn’t read it,” Cheney shamelessly defends the torture program, comparing it to the Iran-Contra affair (another proud moment in the history of US foreign policy…).

Discussing the imprisonment and torture of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the Sith Lord stated, “He is in our possession, we know he’s the architect, what are we supposed to do? Kiss him on both cheeks?”

Tis the season!

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NBC’s Richard Engel: ‘Torture Doesn’t Work’

NBC Universal ExcutivesOn today’s edition of Morning Joe, NBC’s chief foreign correspondent, Richard Engel, discussed the effectiveness, or rather ineffectiveness, of torture in the wake of the Senate Intelligence Committee Report.

“I think history, in this case and in many other cases, has proven pretty conclusively that torture doesn’t work,” Engel said. “You don’t get reliable information. You have to compromise your own values to do it.”

Citing an Egyptian official, he claimed that the practice was a lazy and, more often than not, fruitless tactic for gathering intelligence.

“It may sound like an irrelevant example, but an Egyptian security official who is retired now — Egyptians, by the way, have a long history of doing horrible things to people in their detention — he told me at the end of his career, he was open about it, he said, ‘We tortured a lot of people,” Engel continued, citing the official. “He said, ‘It doesn’t really work. It’s what you do when you are lazy, it’s what you do when you are desperate, when you don’t know what you are doing, you don’t have the right intelligence, you don’t have the right police work. It’s lazy.’”

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President Obama Subs In For Colbert

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Amid a flurry of talk show appearances, President Barack Obama took some time to show off his more comedic side with everyone’s favorite satirist, Stephen Colbert.

During the taping of “The Colbert Report” at GW’s Lisner Auditorium yesterday evening, the President hijacked Colbert’s desk and persona to do his segment “The Word.” Jokingly rebranding it “The Decree” to make it sound more presidential, the President assumed the role of Stephen Colbert, the ultra-right wing pundit, while taking a jab at his friends at Fox News.

Discussing ways to convince young people to sign up for healthcare, the President said of himself in the third person, ”he could try to appeal to them directly through a speech or press conference, but young people don’t watch real news shows like this one,” as the phrase ”Or Fakes Ones Like Fox” appeared next to him.

Super excited to see how Fox reacts to this one…

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Univision’s Jorge Ramos to Speak With President Obama

Screen Shot 2014-12-08 at 7.08.53 PMPresident Barack Obama is set to speak with Univision’s Jorge Ramos tomorrow night.

The interview will air first at 6:30 PM ET on Tuesday, December 9 on “Noticiero Univision” and will re-air on “Noticiero Univision Edición Nocturna” at 11:30 p.m., ET.

The full interview will also be available online on following the TV broadcast.

Candy Crowley to Leave CNN After 27 Years

CandyCrowley304After 27 years at CNN, veteran political correspondent and “State of the Union” host, Candy Crowley, is leaving the network.

“[I]t is with mixed emotions, that I wanted to let you know that Candy has let us know that she has made the decision to move on, so she can embark on the next chapter of her already prolific career,” CNN president Jeff Zucker wrote in a staff memo first obtained by TVNewser. “As difficult as it is for us to imagine CNN without Candy, we know that she comes to this decision thoughtfully, and she has our full support.”

Crowley’s career at CNN began in 1987 as a political correspondent, where she covered a handful of successful and unsuccessful presidential campaigns including those of Pat Buchanan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan and Mitt Romney, among others.  In 2012, she became the first woman to moderate a presidential debate. Read more

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