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Panetta Hearing: You Don’t Need to Torture in the ‘Ticking Bomb’ Case

CIA Director-designate Leon Panetta took on a right-wing myth head on, saying that even in the hypothetical ticking bomb case -- OMG there’s a bomb hidden in

Jul 31, 2020
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CIA Director-designate Leon Panetta took on a right-wing myth head on, saying that even in the hypothetical “ticking bomb case” — OMG there’s a bomb hidden in Times Square that this detainee knows about we better waterboard him or everyone will die GET ME JACK BAUER— you shouldn’t torture anyone.
“We don’t have to choose between our safety and our ideals,” Panetta said. If there ever is a ticking time bomb — and the scenario pretty much doesn’t exist in the real world, since it presumes too much and therefore isn’t a genuine case— Panetta said he’d urge “everything possible within the law to get that information … If you talk to [FBI Director] Bob Mueller, talk to [Sen.] John McCain, talk to Gen. [David] Petraeus, they believe that information can be obtained without resulting to extraordinary measures.”
Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) tries to get Panetta to carve out a loophole. Panetta doesn’t bite. “No one is above the law,” Panetta says.
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