December 11th, 2014
11:36 PM ET

Ex-DoJ official: Senate report examples 'very troubling' if true

Fareed speaks with former Justice Department official John Yoo about the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on CIA interrogation methods. Watch the full interview on GPS this Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN.

Forced rectal feeding, agency officials threatening to rape the mothers of prisoners, people with broken limbs being forced to stand for hours and hours, deprived of sleep for up to one week. Doesn’t that strike you as torture?

Well, those are very troubling examples. They would not have been approved by the Justice Department – they weren't approved by the Justice Department at the time. But I have to question whether they’re true because I can’t take at face value the committee’s report because there were no Republicans involved.

You know, investigations in the intelligence committee are traditionally bipartisan and the worst thing, from a lawyer’s perspective, from my perspective, is the committee didn’t interview any witnesses. And so, you have these reports, but they never gave a chance to the very participants, the people being accused, to explain themselves. And so I would want to know more about what happened in any of these cases and to see what really happened.

But I agree with you if there were people who had to undergo what you just described, none of those were approved by the Justice Department, I don’t believe they were approved by headquarters at CIA, too.

Instead, what you had, I think, was a lot of chaos and miscommunication going on in the very first months after 9/11 when both people in the White House, the executive branch and Congress were demanding that the CIA become aggressive and get started on going after al Qaeda.

But I agree with you. If these things happened as they’re described in the report, as you describe them, those were not authorized by the Justice Department. They were not supposed to be done and those people who did those are at risk legally because they were acting outside their orders.

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  1. Philip

    And so they are still water boarding Bin Laden's many wives for Intel?

    December 12, 2014 at 1:18 am | Reply
    • Philip

      So. Did they all drown or what? Because so far we ain't heard a thing from them.

      December 12, 2014 at 1:20 am | Reply
    • Kukka Burra

      No. They rectal feed Sonia Gandhi.

      December 12, 2014 at 3:32 am | Reply
      • Philip

        No. You are an ignoramus is all.

        December 12, 2014 at 3:47 am |
  2. Philip

    That's odd. Last time I checked the NSA (not the DoJ) was directing the CIAs affairs.
    Btw. Why was the CIA directed to move from Langley to Denver in 2006. If you don't KNOW why, pls. Stfu. Ty

    December 12, 2014 at 1:33 am | Reply
  3. Pop Quiz

    How many DoJ employees remain under Bush era federal gag orders preventing them from publicly naming the men both foreign and domestic that the FBI proved committed the crimes of 9/11?
    (hint: more than 27 but fewer than 29)
    Justice for 9/11 victim family lawsuits that STILL have not had their day in court after more than 10 years!

    December 12, 2014 at 1:37 am | Reply
    • Philip

      DoD, rather.

      December 12, 2014 at 1:58 am | Reply
    • Kukka Burra

      Ebola-India is a virus that came about since Modi emerged on the national political scene. Researchers believe that the Ebola virus lives in a hindu deity host that is native to the Indian continent. They continue to search for the exact deity but believe it to be Lord Shiva. Meanwhile Modi has been isolated in Nepal following his conversion to Islam with the whacking of his willy wacker.

      December 12, 2014 at 3:37 am | Reply
      • Philip

        More Americans die from AIDS you moron Ebola guy.

        December 12, 2014 at 3:50 am |
  4. Philip

    Mr. Obama. 29 people remain under Bush appointed federal judge gag orders preventing them from naming the men both foreign and domestic that FBI investigations showed had financed 9/11.
    But after 6 years in office, gag orders are still enforced by you, Mr. Obama. Whoever you are.

    December 12, 2014 at 2:12 am | Reply
    • Philip

      December 12, 2014 at 2:18 am | Reply
  5. Philip

    This has got to be the loneliest news blog on earth. (shrug)

    December 12, 2014 at 2:21 am | Reply
    • Kukka Burra

      What would a raypist hindoo know anything of politeness or decorum. Born out of raypes and living in caves eating chapptis of american aid you Indians are a burden on world society.

      Just read your comments. Pathetic ramblings of an uncouth greasy haired curry eating w ogs from the sands of raypist India. Terrorising minorities.

      December 12, 2014 at 3:38 am | Reply
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    Learn if you have a disability case against the US taxpayer. START NOW!

    December 12, 2014 at 2:24 am | Reply
    • Dr. Drugmoney

      My sister in law is an attorney. I will say you are "bi polar" and never able to work again. She will sue the US taxpayer. And YOU will be able to never work again, and sit on your fat ass. CALL TODAY!!!

      December 12, 2014 at 3:09 am | Reply
      • banasy©

        What percentage of people on disability claimed BPD as the reason they needed disability?

        December 12, 2014 at 11:32 am |
  7. Sibel D. Edmonds

    Hello. Her name is FBI whistle blower Sibel D. Edmonds. Her and 28 DoD employees remain under Obama federal gag orders preventing them from telling US who did 9/11.

    December 12, 2014 at 3:05 am | Reply
    • Kukka Burra

      She must have been gang rayoed in Bew Delhi

      December 12, 2014 at 3:39 am | Reply
      • paid basher

        Only in your fetid imagination. In reality, she fingered the Bush and Bin Laden families.

        December 12, 2014 at 4:09 am |
  8. Dr. Drugmoney

    Prozac 2 for 1 special!!!

    December 12, 2014 at 3:27 am | Reply
  9. Dr. Drugmoney

    Seroquel half off!!!

    December 12, 2014 at 3:29 am | Reply
  10. Dr. Drugmoney

    I got pain killers. 🙂

    December 12, 2014 at 3:31 am | Reply
  11. Dr. Drugmoney

    Were you rayped? I got drugz.

    December 12, 2014 at 3:33 am | Reply
  12. *

    *no republicans were involved. (Lmao)

    December 12, 2014 at 3:35 am | Reply
  13. Kukka Burra

    Stalin and Mussolinis were world leaders too. Modi is the Joseph Mengele of modern times.

    He is a pariah. A murderer. A genocidalist. Like Gandhi he enjoys underage boys. In fact his boyfriend is from Myanmar.

    He is a woman basher. He married an underage girl and abandoned her on nuptial night.

    Now if you and your pappy like him then god bless ya’ll. But from my perch I don’t want to be Modi. In fact I don’t wanna be a “leader” in India. They are ALL raypists. The fact of the matter is I don’t even wanna go to India because I don’t wanna get Ebola.

    December 12, 2014 at 3:35 am | Reply
    • Philip

      BS. Bayer North America are modern-day Mengelas.

      December 12, 2014 at 3:38 am | Reply
    • Philip

      What about AIDS? AIDS kills 2.2 million per year. Ebola kills what? 2K?

      December 12, 2014 at 3:42 am | Reply
      • banasy©

        Playing fast and loose with stats again?

        December 12, 2014 at 11:34 am |
  14. Kukka Burra

    It is time to stand up Modi of India and send him to The Hague to face trial of murders and genocides in Gujarat et al, India ..... committed against the minorities.

    We shall never forget.

    December 12, 2014 at 3:42 am | Reply
    • Philip

      It's time to look in the mirror of America, actually.

      December 12, 2014 at 3:43 am | Reply
    • Kukka Burra

      But only after waterboarding the man .... Errr ... sans manlihood.

      December 12, 2014 at 3:59 am | Reply
      • Blue Saffron

        I eat rat poop

        December 12, 2014 at 5:11 am |
  15. paid basher

    There's just as much blood on the floor of an Indian woman too busy to care for her unwanted child as can be found at Planned Parenthood abortion clinics nationwide.

    December 12, 2014 at 3:58 am | Reply
    • banasy©

      Hindoos in India are all mother f ukkers

      December 12, 2014 at 5:33 am | Reply
  16. paid basher

    One in 17 American men wash their hands after defecating. It's worse in India, I hear.

    December 12, 2014 at 4:00 am | Reply
  17. paid basher

    Indians suck. So do a few million of you.

    December 12, 2014 at 4:02 am | Reply
    • banasy©

      Indeed. Are you a raipist from Bombay?

      December 12, 2014 at 5:34 am | Reply
  18. paid basher

    Americans need signs in restrooms that order employees to wash their hands after taking a shat. There are no such signs in India.

    December 12, 2014 at 4:06 am | Reply
  19. paid basher

    Indian poop is as dirty as yours. Or more!

    December 12, 2014 at 4:12 am | Reply
  20. Blue Saffron

    I eat camel poop and drink dog poop

    December 12, 2014 at 5:10 am | Reply
  21. banasy©

    I am a raipist hindoo from India. Modi should be rectal fed some seekh kebabs.

    December 12, 2014 at 5:32 am | Reply
  22. Blue Saffron☼

    The comments I have read today are really nasty. But that is a good thing. People are expunging themselves of evilness. Out of this will eventually emerge a better cleaner tomorrow. Have a good weekend ya'll.

    December 12, 2014 at 8:41 am | Reply
    • Read your bible

      No. It will take God ridding this earth of wicked mean evil nasty war mongering peoples before this earth is clean.

      December 12, 2014 at 9:40 am | Reply
    • Philip

      Maybe try reading the serious comments posted here and comment on them?

      December 12, 2014 at 9:45 am | Reply
  23. Philip

    It simply does not matter if government employees abuse you or not. There is nothing you can do about it. That goes for the CIA same as the DMV. Many government employees are stupid, mean and lazy just like many of you here are. Nothing has stopped people from being fat lazy jerks yet.

    December 12, 2014 at 9:54 am | Reply
  24. rupert

    Potential targets for Rectal Feeding:


    VISHWA HINDU PARISHAD (World Hindu Council)

    LEADERS: Narendra Modi/ L.K. Advani/ Ashok Singhal/ Bala Saheb Devaras/ Bal Thackeray(EXTERMINATED)/ A.B. Vajpayee/ Savarkar/ Baikunnth Lal Sharma “Prem”/ Balraj Madhok/ The Shankaracharya of Puri, Niranjan Dev Theerth/ Rama Gopalan/ Variyar – Vishwan Hindu Parishad/ Dharmalinga Nadar/ Cho Ramaswamy

    December 12, 2014 at 10:20 am | Reply
  25. Philip

    What information was gathered after water boarding Osama Bin Laden's many wives?

    December 12, 2014 at 10:59 am | Reply
  26. Blue Saffron

    I eat kangaroo poop.

    December 12, 2014 at 11:09 am | Reply
  27. Philip

    The office of the presidency is on high moral ground, not low moral fiber of the average Joe. And the CIA is not on high moral ground. Got it?

    December 12, 2014 at 11:12 am | Reply
  28. Phildo

    "If true". Lmao

    December 12, 2014 at 11:23 am | Reply
  29. chri§§y

    Lol philip if you havent dont have much of a following here. Mainly because your approach s u c k s! So "get a clue"...stop calling people you dont know, names...and MAYBE we might start paying attention to what you have to say!

    December 12, 2014 at 11:36 am | Reply
  30. chri§§y

    Lol banasy...he has no flippin idea. He just takes one little word and runs with it. There isnt blood in those veins of his...its just pure poison!

    December 12, 2014 at 11:39 am | Reply
    • banasy©

      If imagination keeps a person alive, Chrissy....

      December 12, 2014 at 11:52 am | Reply
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