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Feingold says Cheney is wrong: ‘Nothing I have seen’ in the CIA memos proves torture was necessary.

By ThinkProgress on May 13, 2009 at 11:12 am

"Feingold says Cheney is wrong: ‘Nothing I have seen’ in the CIA memos proves torture was necessary."


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During his weeks-long media tour defending torture, Vice President Dick Cheney has repeatedly pointed to two CIA memos that he says “showed the success of the effort.” During a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing today, Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) declared that nothing in those memos suggests that torture was the most effective way to gain information:

Nothing I have seen — including the two documents to which former Vice President Cheney has repeatedly referred — indicates that the torture techniques authorized by the last administration were necessary, or that they were the best way to get information out of detainees. The former vice president is misleading the American people when he says otherwise.

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