NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel argued that the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on interrogation techniques used by the CIA was “about changing the narrative of American history” and that the Senate was trying “to wash their hands” on Tuesday’s “NewsNation” on MSNBC.
“I think this is really about changing the narrative of American history. This process went on, it was a brutal process, it was legal at the time… the CIA was asked to do it. The CIA was passing on its intelligence to the president. So, everyone in the world knew what was going on, including by the way, the Senate, which is pretending to be a bit of a babe in the woods. They knew what was going on at the time…I think this is about re-writing the narrative of history. When we look back, how are we going to remember this period? Are we going to remember a period in which the rogue evil CIA was beating people, in some cases to death, and the politicians didn’t know about it or are we going to look back and say ‘the politicians were plenty aware of this, the CIA beat people to death and then the Senate tried to come out and say, ‘well, you know, we didn’t know anything about it, and try to wash their hands of the situation.” And to be honest, i think it’s a little bit of the latter” he stated.
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