Rep. Pete King (R-NY) gave an interview to Politico.com regarding the Obama Administration Eric Holder opening an investigation of CIA interrogators. I’m going to post snippets without commentary, except to say it’s days like these that make me proud to call Pete King my congressman…
“It’s bulls***. It’s disgraceful. You wonder which side they’re on,” he said of the attorney general’s move, which he described as a “declaration of war against the CIA, and against common sense. It’s a total breach of faith, and either the president is intentionally caving to the left wing of his party or he’s lost control of his administration,” said King, the ranking Republican on the House Committee on Homeland Security and a member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence.
“You’re talking about threatening to kill a guy, threatening to attack his family, threatening to use an electric drill on him — but never doing it,” King said. “You have that on the one hand — and on the other you have the [interrogator’s] attempt to prevent thousands of Americans from being killed…Why is it OK to waterboard someone, which causes physical pain, but not threaten someone and not cause pain?” he asked, warning of a “chilling” effect on future CIA behavior.”
“They’ve declared war on the CIA. We should resist and fight back as hard as we can,” he said. “It should be a scorched earth policy. … This isn’t just another policy. This goes to the heart of our national defense. We should do whatever we have to do.”