Watch: Fox Military Analyst Says Torture Is OK Because It Worked On John McCain — ‘They Call Him Songbird John’
Thomas McInerney, a Fox News military analyst condemned Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) rebuke of President Trump’s CIA director nominee Gina Haspel, saying that torture “worked on” McCain, whom he referred to as “Songbird John.”
“Sen. John McCain said he’s not going to endorse Haspel also in part because she believes in torture, that she thinks it works, even though she laid out at least three instances where it did work to the benefit of humankind, not just Americans, but all human beings,” McInerney said during an interview on Fox News on Thursday.
Trump’s nominee Haspel has been criticized for her role in the creation of a CIA black site prison tied to an enhanced interrogation program during the George W. Bush administration. Many of the techniques used in that program are now widely regarded as torture.
Asked by Fox Business host Charles Payne whether Congress should evaluate Haspel on her feelings or on her stated commitment to avoiding enhanced interrogation programs, McInerney responded by attacking Sen. Mccain, claiming the controversial method worked on the war veteran.
“Well, she can’t use it [torture] anymore because we have determined in Congress that it’s not legal. The fact is, is John McCain, it worked on John. That’s why they call him ‘Songbird John,'” McInerney said.
“The fact is those methods can work, and they are effective, as former Vice President Cheney said. And if we have to use them to save a million American lives, we will do whatever we have to,” he continued.
After the interview, host Charles Payne issued an apology to McCain on Thursday afternoon, saying he “did not catch” McInerney’s “very false and derogatory remark” but that his comments should have been challenged.
“As a proud military veteran and son of a Vietnam Vet these words neither reflect my or the network’s feelings about Senator McCain, or his remarkable service and sacrifice to this country,” Payne wrote.
I regret I did not catch this remark, as it should have been challenged. As a proud military veteran and son of a Vietnam Vet these words neither reflect my or the network’s feelings about Senator McCain, or his remarkable service and sacrifice to this country.”
Charles V. Payne
— Charles V Payne (@cvpayne) May 10, 2018
Mr. McCain, who was a POW, was forced to falsely confess to crimes after being tortured for multiple days and having his ribs broken in a North Vietnamese prison during the Vietnam War.
The senator on Wednesday urged his Senate colleagues to reject Haspel’s nomination, saying “her refusal to acknowledge torture’s immorality is disqualifying.”
Watch the interview below:
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