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. Rectal Patel

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    Raiping each other at first glance
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    Of shoving candles in their genitals without exchanging glances
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    December 12, 2014 at 9:49 pm | Reply
    • Jack Murphy

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      December 12, 2014 at 9:53 pm | Reply
  2. Rectal Patel

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    In a one cow open sleigh
    O'er the sewage filled waters we go
    Raiping all the way
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    Shoving candles up five year olds all the way
    The hinddoou way....shall we say
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    December 12, 2014 at 9:51 pm | Reply
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    December 12, 2014 at 9:56 pm | Reply
  4. Gandu Ganesha

    Hindus are gandoo bandars
    Hindus raipe their mothers in the mandar
    Hindus lickity lick Shiv lulla
    Hindus enjoy getting c hode by mulla
    Hanuman ki gaand mein Guru Nanak ka lora
    Lakshmi Maa ki chute mein lund of gora.

    December 12, 2014 at 9:58 pm | Reply
  5. Gandu Ganesha

    Dum a Dum mustt qalander
    C hutiye Hanuman hai aik khusra bandar
    Shiva ki gaand mein Khajuraho mandar
    Bandar ka lund Ganesh ki gaand mein in the mandar
    I wonder I wonder

    December 12, 2014 at 9:59 pm | Reply
  6. Rectal Patel

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    December 12, 2014 at 10:00 pm | Reply
  7. Gandu Ganesha

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    December 12, 2014 at 10:01 pm | Reply
  8. Gandu Ganesha


    :::60% of men or 420 million men in India think that raiping and burning wife alive for dowry by spraying kerosene and lighting her up is acceptable.

    ::::95% of India does not have toilets or plumbing

    ::80% of hinddoous track to rail tracks to defecate in India

    :::30% of raipes in India happen in bushes where women go to defecate and another 25% on rail tracks:

    December 12, 2014 at 10:02 pm | Reply
  9. Jack Murphy

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    December 12, 2014 at 10:03 pm | Reply
  10. Jack Murphy

    100 % of men in Pakistan are idiots and per verts

    December 12, 2014 at 10:04 pm | Reply
  11. Blue Saffron

    I eat dog sh it.

    December 12, 2014 at 10:05 pm | Reply
  12. Blue Saffron

    I prefer men. Gag me with your ba lls

    December 12, 2014 at 10:06 pm | Reply
  13. Blue Saffron

    I defecate in public parks when in Pakistan

    December 12, 2014 at 10:07 pm | Reply
  14. Rectal Feeding of Lord Shiva

    Hello my name is Kishore and I am a Monkey, an Indian monkey like my God Hanuman who is an ape. Sometimes I go bananas and start raiping in India. I love to gang raipe because as monkeys we move in a pack. My name is Kishore and I love to pick my nose and eat my boogers. I also love to eat fleas off my body. I am ashamed to be a hindoo Indian from Banaras.

    December 12, 2014 at 10:08 pm | Reply
  15. Blue Saffron

    I eat donkey sh it

    December 12, 2014 at 10:10 pm | Reply
  16. Rectal Feeding of Lord Shiva

    Just another day in the life of jobless ex call center dudes from India for whom there is no other way to pass time. Just read the comments... No substance .... No class ....just pure boredom, despair, jealousy, hatred, divisiveness, What kills me is that they can't write beyond a sentence, Why? Because they are illiterate, high on drugs, and suffering from attention deficit. And what is scary is this they are the new breed of Hindus!.

    December 12, 2014 at 10:11 pm | Reply
  17. Rectal Feeding of Lord Shiva

    Some purple colored, loin cloth wearing hinddoou terrorist/raipist troll/s squatting in a cave in India. Rubbing mustard oil on his d ik trying to m asturbate looking at Durga Maa's photo. Incense made out of cow d ung is burning nearby. Suicide belt hangs on wall. Human feces all over the floor.

    December 12, 2014 at 10:14 pm | Reply
  18. Rectal Feeding of Lord Shiva

    I eat horsey poop.

    December 12, 2014 at 10:16 pm | Reply
  19. Rectal Feeding of Lord Shiva

    I need a good colon cleansing

    December 12, 2014 at 10:17 pm | Reply
  20. Rectal Feeding of Lord Shiva

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    December 12, 2014 at 10:20 pm | Reply
  21. Rectal Rehydration of Lord Shiva

    Hindu a ss is very flexible and big as most have been pounded since they were kids [Gandos]. Not to worry as we also have jars of petroleum jelly ready for smooth penetration of Lord Gandu Ganesh's snout in hindu gand [a ss].

    December 12, 2014 at 10:20 pm | Reply
  22. Rectal Rehydration of Lord Shiva

    Uh oh. Folks the results are in and the news is not good. hindu biopsy taken from colonoscopy by Snouty Gandu Ganesh the Elephant-man indicates HIV AIDS due bacha baazi [banging underage boys] like their leader Gandhi.... The mahatma of pedophiles. We are readying the pyre for him. To save environment we shall use cow dung pancakes rather than wood.

    Will hindu rectum be repaired/patched before pyring-burying him?

    Is suturing an option? Shut the bund closed. Lol

    December 12, 2014 at 10:22 pm | Reply
  23. McCall Bentley

    E.M. Forster, the British Army captain who discovered the erotic temples of Khajuraho in India in the early 19th century was outraged by how “extremely indecent and offensive” depictions of fornicating couples and pundits raiping cows and assortment of other animals profaned a “place of worship.” Lord Macaulay thundered against the worship, still widespread in India today, of the Shiva lingam. Even Karl Marx inveighed against how man, “the sovereign of nature,” had degraded himself in India by worshipping Hanuman, the monkey god.

    December 12, 2014 at 10:25 pm | Reply
  24. Rectal Feeding of Lord Shiva

    Blue Saffron eats donkey vomit.
    I eat donkey sh it

    December 12, 2014 at 10:26 pm | Reply
  25. McCall Bentley

    Beginning of Gandhi's letter to Hitler.

    "Namaste, My Fuhrer. I implore you to propagate the Aryan race and remove all semitic impediments in this endeavor. We look forward towards your wisdom and guidance with respect to dealing with British and exterminating Jews. I continue to expound on my hobby of banging my goat and niece Manu. Of course not to mention other tender aged boys and girls and my cow ... Lakshmi. Your Obedient Servant , Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi."

    December 12, 2014 at 10:28 pm | Reply
  26. McCall Bentley

    I eat bird poop

    December 12, 2014 at 10:31 pm | Reply
  27. McCall Bentley

    I also eat Blue Saffron poop.

    December 12, 2014 at 10:36 pm | Reply
  28. Gandu Ganesha

    I eat camel poop

    December 12, 2014 at 10:39 pm | Reply
  29. Hannah

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    December 12, 2014 at 10:46 pm | Reply
  30. Hannah

    Blue Saffron eats chicken sh it

    December 12, 2014 at 10:47 pm | Reply
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