New details emerged last week outlining the CIA's use of torture during the Bush Administration, after the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to declassify a comprehensive report. But don't ask the government officials behind the program to actually call it torture. As Jon Stewart explained on last night's The Daily Show, it was more along the lines of "super-aggressive, terrorist suspect spa treatments."
Senator Dianne Feinstein, head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, denounced the revelations in the new report, saying that "This is not what Americans do." Only, we did do it. "Like with your internment camps, or your, what do you call it, slavery, America has a history of doing a tremendous amount of stuff that we 'don't do.' We are a moral people ... in hindsight," Stewart said.
So what do the people behind the torture program, aka "freedom quizzes," have to say for themselves?
Dick Cheney: "I was a strong advocate and helped put together the enhanced interrogation program. Some people call it torture, it wasn't torture." OK, so that's flat-out denial. Stewart's verdict: "I know Mr. Cheney said it wasn't torture, but this report made it seem awful torture-ish."