O'Reilly: It's Bull That Torture Doesn't Work
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Last night, in an interview with Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY), Fox Newsâ€™ Bill Oâ€™Reilly praised the Bush administration â€œfor doing a good job protecting Americans after 9/11â€³ and attributed its success to its â€œaggressive mannerâ€ of protection, including â€œGuantanamo, water boarding three times, and other things.â€ (Recall, in 2005, Oâ€™Reilly declared he would â€œ order the executionâ€ of everyone at Guantanamo if he could.)
Oâ€™Reilly then questioned Clintonâ€™s opposition to torture, insisting that if the U.S. had â€œan al Qaeda big shotâ€ in custody, he would â€œdunk him into waterâ€ â€” i.e., waterboard him. When told that torture does not produce â€œhigh qualityâ€ information, Oâ€™Reilly cried, â€œThatâ€™s bull!â€:
Oâ€™REILLY: I believe the Bush administration has done a good job in protecting Americans after 9/11. â€¦ And theyâ€™ve done so in a very aggressive manner, Guantanamo, water boarding three times, and other things, OK? If we get an Al Qaida big shot who wonâ€™t talk, Iâ€™ll dunk him into water if there is, we believe â€” our intelligence agency believes there is an imminent attack. You wonâ€™t dunk him in the water, you wonâ€™t, I will. [â€¦]
CLINTON: But if you actually talked to the people who were in the rooms with these guys, what they will tell me is that you do not get the high qualityâ€¦
Oâ€™REILLY: Thatâ€™s bull. Itâ€™s just bull. Michael Scheuer, who was the head of the bin Laden unit, sat there and said we broke these guys by waterboarding. Itâ€™s bull.