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. Ramu Gupta

    My father taught me to gang rhape in India. My mother envouraged it. In school they made us practice rhapes.

    December 13, 2014 at 9:30 am |
  2. banasy©

    Me too. In Kerala, India where I come from our bar mitzvav is celebrated by raiping our sister or mother if we have one.

    December 13, 2014 at 9:34 am |
    • Narendra Dodi

      I am so proud of you for keeping up with your hindu traditions. We call it C hute Maro.

      December 13, 2014 at 9:42 am |
    • banasy©

      Ridiculous. You have many names; there is no reason to steal mine.

      December 13, 2014 at 12:26 pm |
      • banasy©

        Hey muther f ukker you have more names than cokroaches

        December 13, 2014 at 2:45 pm |
      • banasy©

        I have one. Banasy. Which you have helped yourself to, once again.


        December 13, 2014 at 2:58 pm |
  3. banasy©

    In India I eat dried s hit imported from Pakistan. You see in India we are jealous that Pakistanis are better off in every respect.

    December 13, 2014 at 9:37 am |
    • Narendra Dodi

      Yes, Pakistani s hit is very tasty. I have been eating for many years but only wet and fresh.

      December 13, 2014 at 9:43 am |
    • banasy©

      Well, you're full of it, at any rate.

      December 13, 2014 at 12:30 pm |
      • banasy©

        You like Pakistan lulla.

        December 13, 2014 at 2:44 pm |
      • banasy©

        You like childish insults that apply only to your own fractured personality.

        December 13, 2014 at 3:00 pm |
  4. Blue Saffron☼

    “I hear babies cry...... I should have watched them grow
    They should’ve learnt more.....than I would’ve ever know
    I see raipes galore….I see blood flow
    And I say to myself INDIA should never stoop so low
    HINNDDOOUS shall reap the poison they sow"

    And I think to myself .....what a miserable world
    And I say to myself what a miserable world....what a miserable world.

    But here in America we celebrate.
    Merry Christmas everyone.
    Happy Holidays

    December 13, 2014 at 9:54 am |
    • Rosey Khambatta

      You touched a nerve in me. Kids are very important to me all over the world.
      India treats their women and children like trash.

      You not only a saint but a messiah also.

      Thanks a bunch.

      December 13, 2014 at 9:58 am |
      • Rosey & her 5 sisters

        Same time tonight, Blue?

        December 13, 2014 at 10:12 am |
    • Hillbilly Blue Saffron

      I hear ya, pilgrim. It's a gettin' pretty bad up in these darn hills too. 'Bout every other day around here some yahoo raypes his cousin. One guy got shot for his boots! And then there's the fat lazy folks who just sit around all day eating and blogging...pretending to be wise. Shoplifters and pilferers everywhere it seems.
      Yup. Fairly miserable. I agree.
      Happy Horse Sh/t

      December 13, 2014 at 9:59 am |
      • Hannah

        Send them all to India. They will be right at home. How is the weather in New Delhi?

        December 13, 2014 at 10:02 am |
      • Hillbilly Blue Saffron

        We sent one of them to Arkansas and I'll be darned...the stupid people there voted him in as governor! Imagine that.

        December 13, 2014 at 10:24 am |
  5. Hannah

    @Blue Saffron great christmas party last night. Thank you for the ear rings.

    December 13, 2014 at 10:00 am |
  6. Cristobal

    Great band @Hannah. Loved doing the Rhumba with ya. Cheers!

    December 13, 2014 at 10:51 am |
  7. Philip

    Hey guys thanks for the big tip for cleaning up the place. I Lysolled the toilets and took the garbage out too. Jhinga Bells from India.

    December 13, 2014 at 10:56 am |
    • Philip

      You might want to think twice about using the name Philip around here. Most of the people here hate me for my point of view.

      December 13, 2014 at 11:00 am |
      • Philip

        What point of view would that be cleaning toilets pundit. S hitty view. LMFAO

        December 13, 2014 at 11:13 am |
  8. Blue Saffron


    December 13, 2014 at 12:25 pm |
    • Philip

      LOL. Modi is being rectally fed. So his a zz must be plugged up. Is Modi s hitting from his mouth. LMFAO!!

      December 13, 2014 at 12:35 pm |
  9. Blue Saffron

    Hello. I am Blue Saffron. I am a troll. I use 220 different screen names. I am very ig-norant.
    Have a nice day.

    December 13, 2014 at 12:51 pm |
  10. chri§§y

    Lol @ philip it isnt your point of view we dislike you for. Its your hateful, obnoxious way you try to make your point of view! Get a clue!

    December 13, 2014 at 1:10 pm |
  11. Philip

    Chrissy you must be exhausted from all this name changing. We can see through it, why bother. Naughty Naughty. Don't make us rectal rehydrate you. LOL

    December 13, 2014 at 1:25 pm |
    • banasy©

      As you promptly change your own stolen name and steal another's below. I especially like the way you accuse others of doing what is your forte. As if your hypocritical deflection is missed by anyone.

      Not anymore.

      December 13, 2014 at 1:51 pm |
      • chri§§y

        The only deflection will be a Pakistanian lulla up your gaand. Lol

        December 13, 2014 at 2:06 pm |
      • banasy©

        Pssst. Your anal obsession is showing. Tell DaVide about it; he may help.

        December 13, 2014 at 3:01 pm |
  12. chri§§y

    A 10-year-old tribal girl was raiped by at least 10 members of a hindu kangaroo court in a Birbhum village, India on Monday night as punishment for having an affair with a youth from another community. She is in critical condition after the assault and is clinging to life in spite of the raipists stopping her from reaching a hospital.

    December 13, 2014 at 1:41 pm |
  13. chri§§y

    I eat Pakistanian s hit. Pig urine soda is my fav chilled.

    December 13, 2014 at 2:05 pm |
  14. chri§§y

    Howdy. I am a wannabe americano but actually I am from Madras India. Namaste

    December 13, 2014 at 2:08 pm |
  15. Blue Saffron☼

    Back to some intellectual discussion....

    The violence in Indian-held Kashmir is the result of decades of repressive Indian policies and imposition of sham elections in the region.

    We call upon India to understand that the people of Jammu and Kashmir would accept nothing short of their right to self-determination as promised to them by the UNSC and accepted by India and the international community.

    December 13, 2014 at 2:19 pm |
    • banasy©

      This is Non Sequitur. Can you please stick to commenting suo moto on the hosing of Modi for rectallato rehydrationado.

      December 13, 2014 at 2:42 pm |
      • banasy©

        Could you please obsess yourself with another topic that doesn't involve stealing names and you constantly taking your recital temperature using your head?

        December 13, 2014 at 3:03 pm |
      • banasy©

        Rectal. Although I don't doubt your performance here is one gigantic recital for you many personalities.

        December 13, 2014 at 3:05 pm |
  16. Blue Saffron☼

    Terrorism is rampant in the region in part financed by Indians. We need to revisit our relationship with India. American taxpayers will not tolerate this anymore. We need to take care of our own populace going forward. We cannot be exporting jobs to India or giving it financial or technical handouts. It has become too big to govern or create any value for western countries or even for its own population. India needs to be carved up into smaller independent states to be a viable economically and geo politically.

    December 13, 2014 at 2:24 pm |
    • banasy©


      Why aren’t you chastising your name-stealing cohorts for the filthy abuse they are heaping on those whose names have been stolen/insulted when they post in the first place?

      After all, they all worship you. One word from you and they will stop.


      Your goal is to “clean up these forums”, correct? Think you can start with your “followers”?

      December 13, 2014 at 10:17 pm |
  17. Emilio

    Perfecto, Amigo Blue Saffron. Thes people from India come to our country and smuggle to America illegally. They pollute Rio Grande just like they make dirty Ganges River. They p iss and s hit in it. They make curry that smell like donkey fart. Caramba! May the curse of Jesus be on these hindus cocheechuutas.

    December 13, 2014 at 2:38 pm |
  18. Philip

    "If true". LMAO at news anchors and politicians pretending they have been ignorant of the CIA all these years.

    December 14, 2014 at 10:05 am |
  19. Anna

    Torture is wrong. It demoralizes our young man and women serving our contry. It turns off future talent from joining important clandestine work. It sends bad message to other countries that look to the US as an example. We need to be more transparent this secrets don't work in the era of the Internet we are being watched by young generation that will lead our contry in no time. This report shows ugly truth of wrongdoing morally, ethically and economically. It's a shame for things like that to take place. People who see it otherwise are blind.

    December 17, 2014 at 7:45 pm |
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