Twitter Throws The Book At Fox Guest For Saying Torture Worked On John McCain

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Americans across the country are outraged after Fox News military analyst Air Force Lt. General Thomas McInerney slandered Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) by claiming that torture worked on him during the Vietnam War.

On Wednesday, McCain responded to the nomination of Gina Haspel as CIA Director by calling upon the Senate to reject her due to her role in overseeing torture against detainees in 2002 despite torture being illegal under American and international law.

“Like many Americans, I understand the urgency that drove the decision to resort to so-called enhanced interrogation methods after our country was attacked. I know that those who used enhanced interrogation methods and those who approved them wanted to protect Americans from harm. I appreciate their dilemma and the strain of their duty. But as I have argued many times, the methods we employ to keep our nation safe must be as right and just as the values we aspire to live up to and promote in the world.

“I believe Gina Haspel is a patriot who loves our country and has devoted her professional life to its service and defense. However, Ms. Haspel’s role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is disturbing. Her refusal to acknowledge torture’s immorality is disqualifying. I believe the Senate should exercise its duty of advice and consent and reject this nomination.”

On Thursday morning, McInerney despicably used his appearance on Fox News to defend torture by smearing McCain, who suffered horrendous torture at the hands of his Vietnamese captors during his time as a prisoner of war.

“The fact is, is John McCain — it worked on John,” McInerney claimed. “That’s why they call him ‘Songbird John.’ The fact is those methods can work, and they are effective, as former Vice President Cheney said. And if we have to use them to save a million American lives, we will do whatever we have to.”

Here’s the video via YouTube.

It is truly galling to see Fox News stoop to such a low. McCain is currently battling brain cancer and he’s a veteran who served honorably. Fox host Charles Payne claims he didn’t hear McInerney’s remarks, but issued an apology to the McCain family on Twitter.

Speaking of Twitter, everyone was pissed off at Fox news and McInerney, including McCain’s wife Cindy.

Indeed, the claim that McCain gave up information because he was tortured has been thoroughly debunked and McInerney should be ashamed of himself for repeating it.

The world has known for 400 hundred years that torture is an ineffective tool for getting information. Plus it is even banned by the Army manual, which McInerney clearly hasn’t read, nor has he read national and international laws outlawing it. Its a disgrace how he ever became an officer with this line of thinking, much less a Lt. General.

McCain suffered brutality that most Americans, including McInerney, will never know or understand. He walks with a slight limp, hates enclosed spaces and being alone, and can’t lift his arms above his shoulders because of the torture he went through.

And he only gave his captors his name, rank, and serial number, which is standard military practice, while letting other POWs get freed ahead of him whenever he was offered a chance to get home. Rather than give up, McCain came home and continued serving his country by becoming a lawmaker, a job he is still doing today despite having serious health problems.

McCain is a hero. McInerney is a douchebag. And Fox News should fire him.

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