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Whoopi Expresses Ambivalence on Torture; Yes, Really

This may come as a surprise to some: Whoopi Goldberg isn’t sure how she feels about torture.

While her co-host Rosie O’Donnell is staunchly opposed to the so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” used by the CIA and the U.S. military, Goldberg said Wednesday on The View that she sees both the good and bad in the systematic torture of suspected terrorists.

“I don’t know how I feel about it,” she said one day after Senate Democrats released a report detailing extensive abuses, “Because on one hand, I do know there are other countries that have done it, and it’s reaped quite good benefits for them. I don’t know if that’s what we’re supposed to be doing. But I’m not surprised that other countries that we’ve gone over to and pointed the finger at, are now pointing the finger at us.”

O’Donnell responded that President Ronald Reagan took part in “banning” torture, via the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. “So this is not a partisan issue,” she said. “This is an issue of national security and identity.”

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