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McCain And O'Reilly Butt Heads Over Senate Torture Report

If Bill-O wants to argue with about what is and is not torture and whether any reliable information can be obtained from it, he needs to go find someone other than John McCain to pick a fight with.

On this Thursday's The O'Reilly Factor, Bill-O tried to conflate what happens on the battlefield with torturing prisoners and John McCain was having none of it. O'Reilly really shouldn't pick a fight about torture with someone who has been tortured themselves as McCain has. He's going to come out on the losing end of the argument every single time.

McCain to O’Reilly: We Shouldn’t Engage in ‘Spanish Inquisition Methods of Torture’:

Senator John McCain, one of the only Republicans in Congress not trashing the CIA torture report (to the point where he received some serious plaudits from Jon Stewart), got into it with Bill O’Reilly tonight over what McCain called “Spanish Inquisition methods of torture.”

O’Reilly wasn’t necessarily against McCain’s position, he just told the Arizona senator that over and over, multiple high-ranking CIA officials and agency heads have insisted they received valuable intelligence from such methods. McCain argued the opposite and said, “If you inflict enough physical pain on someone, they will tell you anything they think you want to hear.”

McCain said the United States never took such horrible actions before. When O’Reilly tried to point to a WWII incident in which U.S. soldiers fired on Germans with their hands up, McCain argued the fog of war is far different than capturing a prisoner, bringing them to a secret location, and “using the Spanish Inquisition methods of torture” on them.

Wonkette has more here: Does John McCain Really Have To Remind You About Torture Again, You A**holes?

And as our friend Ellen at News Hounds noted today, it seems the editors over at really don't want their readers to know McCain is opposed to torture: Fox Misleadingly Suggests John McCain Supports Torture.

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