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Pat Robertson Defends CIA Torture, Complains About Immigrants (Video)

| by Michael Allen

The U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is supposed to release a report on CIA torture and rendition that was committed during the Bush administration.

However, Secretary of State John Kerry called Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calf.) last Friday and asked her to delay the report, which the U.S. Senate Select Committee has been promising for years.

“What [Kerry] raised was timing of report release, because a lot is going on in the world, including parts of the world particularly implicated, and wanting to make sure foreign policy implications were being appropriately factored into timing,” an unidentified Obama administration official told BloombergView.com

"700 Club" host Pat Robertson offered a preemptive defense of U.S. torture today, noted RightWingWatch.org (video below).

Robertson claimed that “rather rough” tactics were necessary to stop terrorist attacks, but was unable to produce any proof that CIA torture actually prevented any such attacks. Robertson also didn't mention that President Reagan opposed torture in 1988.

“You may be shocked at some of that, but the truth is we didn’t have another incident after 9/11, and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, he was caught, he was the mastermind, and they were rather rough with him but they learned invaluable information,” stated Robertson. “So I know it seems brutal, but that’s the way it was.”

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However, Robertson's claim contradicts Sen. John McCain who wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post in 2011: "In fact, the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” on Khalid Sheik Mohammed produced false and misleading information. He specifically told his interrogators that Abu Ahmed had moved to Peshawar, got married and ceased his role as an al-Qaeda facilitator — none of which was true. According to the staff of the Senate intelligence committee, the best intelligence gained from a CIA detainee — information describing Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti’s real role in al-Qaeda and his true relationship to bin Laden — was obtained through standard, noncoercive means."

After endorsing torture, Robertson complained about the Obama administration's releasing of “30,000 immigrant criminals” into the U.S.

That number comes from a May of 2014 report from the Center for Immigration Studies, a right wing think tank. The group claimed they got the information from an unidentified source.

However, most of the "criminals" were traffic offenders, and the immigrants were released after serving their time in jail, per rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court, noted Poltifact.com.



Sources: Poltifact.com, The Washington Post, RightWingWatch.org