Carly Fiorina Sees Nothing Wrong With Waterboarding

Carly Fiorina has a problem with lying. In fact, it’s a serious problem. Huge. It’s unclear if she’s uninformed or being overtly malicious and lying to American voters. Either way, it proves she’s not ready to lead or represent anyone.

This week’s #FiorinaFacts come from her comments about the enhanced torture techniques:

“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.”

Just because you believe something doesn’t mean it’s true. If Ms. Fiorina wants to be President, she should read through the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence who detailed a report about torture following 9/11. On page 15, for example, she would learn that the C.I.A. underreported the number of people that it detained and subjected to harsh interrogation techniques used. In fact, they did it several times. The whole interrogation program wasn’t subject to anywhere close to the adequate oversight it should have had. And the C.I.A. misled members of Congress and the White House about how brutal interrogation techniques were and their effectiveness, much in the way Fiorina is misleading American voters on the issue of torture.

In 2008 the late Christopher Hitchens, an amazing journalist and writer, agreed to submit to being waterboarded. It didn’t go well. Prior to that, the Bush administration was trying to pass off waterboarding as nothing more than an “enhanced interrogation tactic,” but not torture. They finally saw the light in 2006 and submitted to banning waterboarding, agreeing bout the brutality. Hitchens came out of that experience saying “believe me, it’s torture.”

If Fiorina wants to be president, she’s got to be honest with the American people and be more informed than this. Trying to be tough on military issues might be great in the GOP primary, but when you don’t have the facts you look like an amateur.

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