Fox News tried to defend CIA torture on Monday by using a hostage situation in Sydney, Australia.
During "Fox & Friends," co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck attempted to link the two unrelated events together, noted RawStory.com (video below).
“Meanwhile, the actual individuals here at home who have been looking into and trying to stop attacks like this, and perhaps future hostage situations, as we are still at war, indeed, with ISIS and terrorism, are the CIA,” Hasselbeck said. “And they've been painted as the bad guys at home.”
According to Independent.co.uk, co-host Brian Kilmeade added: “Look at the CIA. If they thought the methods were to be nice and to be friendly in order to get the maximum amount of information as quickly as possible, that’s what they would have done. I think people are acting as if we were out of our minds and the CIA was just sitting there and trying to get an eye for an eye.”
However, The Guardian noted in 2005: "In 2001 the US NGO Physicians for Human Rights published a manual on treating torture survivors that noted: 'Perpetrators often attempt to justify their acts of torture and ill-treatment by the need to gather information. Such conceptualizations obscure the purpose of torture ... The aim of torture is to dehumanize the victim, break his/her will, and at the same time set horrific examples for those who come in contact with the victim. In this way, torture can break or damage the will and coherence of entire communities.'"
“Seriously, when you see what’s happening in Australia today, right now, in a chocolate shop, and you understand the real war with ISIS that we’re in, and the sharp contrast with the accusations of the CIA really just trying to do their job and keep America safe for the past 13 years, it startles you, any day,” Hasselbeck said.
Hasselbeck didn't name any instances in which CIA torture kept "America safe for the past 13 years" and failed to mention that the CIA admitted in the torture report that 26 detainees should not have been held. One of those "mistaken identity" detainees was tortured to death, noted The Guardian.
The CIA torture has been condemned by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) who said “the abuse of prisoners will produce more bad than good intelligence,” noted The Los Angeles Times.
“The truth is sometimes a hard pill to swallow,” McCain added. “It sometimes causes us difficulties at home and abroad. It is sometimes used by our enemies in attempts to hurt us. But the American people are entitled to it, nonetheless.”