Brian Williams Asks Fmr. CIA Director Hayden What He’d Think of Torture if It Were Done to His Family
Following the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA’s
torture funplex enhanced interrogation techniques under the Bush administration, NBC News anchor Brian Williams asked former CIA Director Michael Hayden, who was implicated in the report, how he’d feel about the techniques he supported if they were done to his family.
“I actually think that my outrage, if that were ever done to one of my family members, would be somewhat muted if my family member had just killed 3,000 of my citizens,” Hayden replied Tuesday night.
“We’re people like you and all your viewers, we [as in, the CIA] have a soul and a conscience, too,” he added. “We knew as bad as these people were, we were doing this to fellow human beings. Don’t ever forget that.”
Hayden also said that he was never told by any administration officials to rein in the terror program, that if the CIA’s interrogation techniques were globalized the international standard would be raised, and that unicorns are real and live in Cincinnati.
Watch the clip below, via NBC News:
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