Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina has positioned herself as a serious threat in the early party of the primary race. Taking another hard stance on foreign policy, Fiorina has come out in support of torture.
After the Senate Intelligence Committee released a 535 page report last year detailing how the CIA tortured suspected terrorists, backlash quickly followed. The report shows that the post-9/11 handling of terror suspects resulted in little intelligence being extracted, even after the use of waterboarding and other controversial torture methods. Fiorina commented on the report during a recent interview with Yahoo News on Sept. 28.
“I believe that all of the evidence is very clear — that waterboarding was used in a very small handful of cases (and) was supervised by medical personnel in every one of those cases,” the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard told Yahoo News. Fiorina said that the use of waterboarding was “necessary” and used as a last resort to get information.
Also speaking to Yahoo News was Naureen Shah, director of the security and human rights program at Amnesty International USA, who hit back at Fiorina’s comments. Claiming it was ” outrageous” for Fiorina to say that the United States acted properly in their handling of terror suspects, Shah has since filed a complaint with the Department of Justice requesting a criminal investigation against those involved with torture activities.
As The New York Times details, the CIA’s use of torture included a “series of near drownings,” forced “rectal feedings,” and other brutal techniques. The interrogation program was also found to be mishandled and lacking in proper oversight. The results of the findings were mixed and partisan. Democrats and liberals praised results of the report, while Republicans, including Fiorina, have defended the actions taken under the George Bush-Dick Cheney administration.