Quoted in a New York Times article today, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) compares Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) discussions of bird watching while entertaining his fellow senators “at his property in Sedona, Ariz.” to interrogations at Guantanamo Bay:
Entertaining guests at his property in Sedona, Ariz., he invariably drags them for long walks to indulge his passion for bird watching. “If you took all the people at Gitmo, put them in the cabin for a weekend and made them listen to John talk about the birds, they would all spill their guts,” Mr. Graham said.
Graham’s light-hearted reference to interrogation at Guantanamo Bay, which has utilized techniques that have long been described as torture by the U.S., reflects McCain’s own sense of humor when it comes to torture. In February, the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza reported that McCain jokes about waterboarding his staff. Around the same time, McCain voted against barring the CIA from using waterboarding.