Ted Cruz Comms Director Hilariously Blames Torture On Dems

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Yesterday, Americans learned the extent of brutality and deceit in the CIA’s years of torture following September 11th. What was thought to be publicly known before turns out to be much worse than previous thought, from the CIA intentionally misrepresenting its own data to support continued torture to practices never before known, like “rectal rehydration”.

When Ted Cruz’s communications director Amanda Carpenter got her hands on the facts, she got right to work fear-mongering like the president who oversaw the torture. Like most of her right-wing cohort averse to facts and American transparency, Carpenter claimed — with no backing from anyone in the intelligence community — that the report would endanger American lives. When Texas Democratic consultant Jason Stanford pointed out the asininity of her claim, Carpenter provided an unintentionally comical response:

Carpenter seemingly wants you to forget that the Republicans ran the torture program that has greatly hurt America’s standing in the world, wasted billions, bred distrust for us worldwide, and has endangered American lives. Torture’s effects are entirely in Republican hands. Projection is the glue that holds the Republican Party together, and Carpenter’s boss is no exception, so though ridiculous, her claim is also utterly predictable.

Of course, it’s tragic that such a damning report comes under fire from one of the two “serious” (heavy quotes) political parties. It’s important to remember that though they’re now out of presidential power, it is the Republicans’ war criminal legacy that has proven so strong as to protect all the CIA torturers – and their commanders – from ever facing prosecution.

When President Obama took office, he told the press unequivocally that he’s focused on looking forward, and never looking back at the worst crimes of the previous administration. His administration then granted full immunity to Bush’s CIA torturers. Now that this report is out, President Obama refuses to take a stand on whether the torture methods were effective. The report reveals they were not, and served only to waste American efforts and send troops on misdirected missions based on false reports from men hoping not to get tortured for the umpteenth time.

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Ben Sherman

Ben Sherman has been a BOR staff writer since 2011. A graduate of the University of Texas, Ben has worked on campaigns, in political consulting, and has written for other news outlets like Think Progress. Ben considers campaign finance reform the fundamental challenge of our time because it distorts almost every other issue in American politics.

3 Comments

  1. Yes. Should have done what we are currently doing under the President. Drones taking out terrorist leaders and all innocent bystanders including children. Unfortunately the R’s will probably create a report on this practice without interviewing those involved, merely from communications. Of course we can always have our hard drives crash if this happens.

  2. …….. what is so sad is that there is a large number of the U.S. citizens who believe the lies and look upon the words spewed from the lips of Cruz and his likes as if they were the words of God. They just stand and wait and react without any reason or fact. The sky is falling…. and is about to fall.

    • …….. what is so sad is that there is a large number of the U.S. citizens who believe the lies and look upon the words spewed from the lips of the President and his likes as if they were the words of God. They just stand and wait and react without any reason or fact. The sky is falling…. and is about to fall.

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