'We're Not a Torture Nation': O'Reilly Blasts Left-Wing Reaction to CIA Report
In tonight’s Talking Points Memo, Bill O'Reilly revealed the truth about Senate Democrats' "torture report," which accuses the CIA of torture, bad management and lying.
O'Reilly noted that every single CIA leader since the 9/11 attack has refused to endorse the report, and three of them wrote a scathing op-ed in The Wall Street Journal yesterday, calling the report bogus and dangerous.
He said that the days following 9/11 were filled with chaos, and because the CIA had failed to detect the al Qaeda attack that killed nearly 3,000 Americans, the agency was under intense pressure.
"So when terrorists were captured, intense pressure was put on them, and, in a few cases, harsh interrogation methods were used," O'Reilly said.
Although the Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee say that nothing was learned with those methods that could not have been gleaned by non-violent interrogations, O'Reilly begged to differ.
Based on available evidence, he said he sides with the CIA leaders, former President George W. Bush and ex-Vice President Dick Cheney, who defended the CIA interrogation practices that occurred while they were in office.
"The Factor" host played recent comments from President Obama, who said "some terrible mistakes were made."
O'Reilly pointed out that Obama’s own CIA chief John Brennan recently said, "Our review indicates that interrogations of detainees on whom [coerced interrogation was] used did produce intelligence that helped thwart attack plans, capture terrorists and save lives."
O'Reilly asserted that any mistakes were made in the fog of war to protect Americans.
"We’re not a torture nation, and the left-wing which drives stories like this is incredibly irresponsible."
He then played recent comments from Salon editor Joan Walsh, who said that torture doesn't work.
"That is one of the dumbest statements I have ever heard," O'Reilly said. "Everyone knows that aggressive tactics towards al Qaeda have decimated that group, led to the demise of Usama bin Laden and prevented another 9/11 attack. Every sane person knows that."
O'Reilly had one final question: Who would you rather have protecting you? Bush and Cheney or Ms. Walsh and her cohorts?
Watch the Talking Points Memo above.