Nightly News | May 12, 2011
>>> it's become fashionable among some to say in washington and elsewhere, that so-called enhanced interrogation , what some define as torture worked in this case, it helped congress contribu contribute to the death of bin ladin . today john mccain headed to the floor of the senate to refute that. mccain was the only one who was tortured as a pow in vietnam. he repeated his longstanding belief that torture is wrong.
>> in my personal experience, the abuse of prisoners, sometimes produces good intelligence, but often produces bad intelligence. because under torture a person will say anything he thinks his captors want to hear whether it is true or false, if he believes it will relieve his suffering. i opposed waterboarding and similar enhanced interrogation techniques before osama bin ladin was brought to justice, and i oppose them now. the trail to bin ladin did not begin with a disclosure from khalid sheikh mohammed who was waterboarded 183 times. the best intelligence gained from a cia detainee was obtained through standard noncoercive means, not through any enhanced interrogation technique . this is not about the terrorists, it's about us. but i dispute that it was right to use these methods, which i do not believe were in the best interest of justice or our security or the ideals that define us. and which we have sacrificed much to defend.
>> arizona republican senator, vietnam veteran john mccain in his own words on the floor of the senate today.