ABC Panel Goes After Kristol Over CIA: ‘It’s Not an Interrogation Program, It’s Torture’

On This Week With George Stephanopoulos Sunday morning, Weekly Standard editor and ABC News contributor Bill Kristol defended the CIA and its interrogation program against Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who last week excoriated the CIA for allegedly spying on Senate staffers as they investigated the agency over its interrogation techniques.

“The CIA needs to be investigated,” Fox News host Greta van Susteren said. “I see Bill shaking his head. But we let the intelligence community get away with murder. You have the DNI [James Clapper] committing perjury, lying before the Senate. And it just goes away!”

“Part of me thinks, you know what, if Senator Feinstein wants to attack Leon Panetta and the Obama adminisitration’s conduct in the CIA, go right ahead,” Kristol said. “This is an administration launched after President Obama takes office, controlled by a democratically-appointed CIA Director. And the Senate staffers are Democrats, who are writing this one-sided report. I will defend the intelligence community, though, against a bunch of senators and their staffs. And I will defend the interrogation program that –”

“First of all, Bill, it’s not an interrogation program. it’s torture,” Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel said. “Second of all, Senator Feinstein has been a great defender of the intelligence community. She is now saying, without effective oversight, secret government is not justified in a democracy.”

Watch the clip below, via ABC News:

[h/t Salon]

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