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Rick Santorum: John McCain Doesn’t Understand Torture

May 18, 2011

Rick Santorum cannot stop saying regrettable things.

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On conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt’s show yesterday Rick Santorum declared that Sen. John McCain, “doesn’t understand how enhanced interrogation works.”

Santorum, a presidential aspirant, was arguing his support for the enhanced interrogation techniques used by the Bush Administration, claiming that without torture, the U.S. would not have located the courier that lead Americans to Osama bin Laden.

“Everything I’ve read shows that we would not have gotten this information as to who this man was if it had not been gotten information from people who were subject to enhanced interrogation,” he said. “And so this idea that we didn’t ask that question while Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was being waterboarded, he doesn’t understand how enhanced interrogation works. I mean, you break somebody, and after they’re broken, they become cooperative.”

It’s safe to say that McCain, who was famously tortured several times over his five and a half years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, has a deep understanding of the inner workings of torture.

In a Washington Post Op-Ed last week, McCain opined on the reignited debate.

“I know from personal experience that the abuse of prisoners sometimes produces good intelligence but often produces bad intelligence because under torture a person will say anything he thinks his captors want to hear — true or false — if he believes it will relieve his suffering,” he wrote. “Often, information provided to stop the torture is deliberately misleading.”

“[Enhanced interrogation techniques] are prohibited by American laws and values,” McCain continued, arguing that former attorney general Michael Mukasey’s claim that KSM “broke like a dam” under enhanced interrogation is false.

Santorum should consider another dam: one to staunch all the super-embarrassing yet amazingly quotable gaffes that continuously spill from his mouth.

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