Carly Fiorina: The torture candidate

Not only is Carly Fiorina a perpetual failure, she is a dangerous ideologue: Positioning herself as a steely advocate of aggressive counterterrorism programs, Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina offered a vigorous defense of CIA waterboarding as a tactic that helped “keep our nation safe” in the aftermath of 9/11. “I believe that all of the evidence is very clear — that waterboarding was used in a very small handful of cases [and] was supervised by medical personnel in every one of those cases,” Fiorina told Yahoo News. “And I also believe that waterboarding was used when there was no other way to get information that was necessary.” A Senate report last year portrayed waterboarding as “near drownings” that were tantamount to torture and concluded that the agency’s often brutal interrogations produced little actionable intelligence. But Fiorina rejected those conclusions, calling the report “disingenuous” and “a shame” that “undermined the morale of a whole lot of people who dedicated their lives to keeping the country safe.” This could help her in some circles, because even thought a large majority of Americans considers waterboarding to be torture, a plurality supports its use. That’s something this country badly needs to discuss and debate. Because while Fiorina’s ideological rigidity has her rejecting the findings of the Senate report, she also is effectively rejecting the broad consensus that torture doesn’t work, and if anything is counter-productive. Not to mention a fundamental moral failure. But Fiorina already has made clear that she doesn’t consider honesty relevant to politics. Apparently, she’s not so big on basic human decency, either.


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