ABC: Interrogation Report 'Done Entirely by Democrats'

December 9, 2014

ABC’s Jon Karl and David Muir reported Tuesday night on the release of the CIA torture report and how CIA officials are refuting many of its claims. The report, which was written entirely by Democrats, argues that the tactics employed by the CIA were ineffective in gaining actionable intelligence, notably for the operation in which Osama bin Laden was killed.

"Several former CIA directors are furious, fighting back, arguing the tactics did work and they eventually led to Osama Bin Laden," Muir said. Former CIA directors George Tenet, Michael Hayden, and Porter Goss penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, saying, "The Senate report is a partisan attack on the agency that has done the most to protect America after the 9/11 attacks."

"The report makes the CIA sound like a rogue agency, but the spy chiefs say the program was fully authorized by the justice department and the White House," Karl said. "One key question, did the interrogations help get Osama bin Laden?" Karl asked.

"The report says no. The CIA says yes, that only through harsh interrogation did they discover bin Laden's personal messenger and following him led to bin Laden's hideout in Pakistan. The report was done entirely by Democrats, and most Republicans are trashing it."

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