Vice President Joe Biden was speaking at POLITICO’s Women Rule Summit on Tuesday when he was asked if the Senate Intelligence Committee Report on the CIA’s interrogation program was a “black stain” on the United States. The VP answered that it was not, and that the public release of the report is a “badge of honor” that will strengthen the country.
“No, I think it’s a badge of honor. Every country, every country has engaged in activities somewhere along the line that it has not been proud of. But think about it, name me another country that’s prepared to stand up and say, ‘This was a mistake, we should not have done what we’ve done, and we will not do it again.'”
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, supervised the small group that reviewed more than six million pages of CIA materials from early 2009 to late 2012. The committee concluded that the CIA’s use of its “enhanced interrogation techniques” was not an effective means of acquiring intelligence or gaining cooperation from detainees. These interrogation techniques involved face-slapping, throwing terrorist prisoners against a wall, sleep deprivation, and waterboarding. In the report’s introduction, Senator Feinstein stated,
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“This and future Administrations should use this Study to guide future programs, correct past mistakes, increase oversight of CIA representations to policymakers, and ensure coercive interrogation practices are not used by our government again.”