On “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.”