December 12, 2014 3:00 pm -

[su_right_ad]Former CIA chief General Michael Hayden defends the practice of rectal feeding, a torture technique revealed in the Senate report.

“These were medical procedures,” Hayden said during a tense interview on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper.” He added that the method was used because detainees were dehydrated, and that giving them intravenous fluids with needles would be dangerous.

“I’m not a doctor,” he said. “What I am told is that this is one of the ways that the body is rehydrated.”

The Intelligence Committee report, released Tuesday, detailed a slew of abuses by CIA interrogators on prisoners, including one that involved detainees’ food being blended and “rectally infused.” The report says the practice was used on at least five detainees, including two of the most infamous, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Abu Zubaydah…

Hayden said that the CIA performed the “activity” five times “for the health of the detainee, not part of the interrogation program.” But the Senate Intelligence Committee report says that it was done “without medical necessity.” And in the report’s description of one of Mohammed’s interrogation sessions, it says that the interrogator wanted to demonstrate “total control over the detainee.”[su_csky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

7 responses to Ex-CIA Director: Rectal Hydration A ‘Medical Procedure…For The Health Of The Detainee’

  1. tiredoftea December 12th, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    A preferred method of your daily meal times, Michael? Want it to be, if not?

    • Khary A December 12th, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      I hear its all the rage in certain distinguished circles….OR what I said is a total lie. much like everything I’m hearing from the defenders of this whole mess.

  2. tracey marie December 12th, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    How easily these types lie and pretend they are good people.

  3. Suzanne McFly December 12th, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Wow, I thought I heard some crazy twisted up “logic” used by palin, bachman, bush, et al.

  4. burqa December 12th, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    OP: ““I’m not a doctor,” he said. “What I am told is that this is one of the ways that the body is rehydrated.””

    I’m not a doctor, either.
    Neither were those who did this.
    The Senate Intelligence Committee report says it was not always done out of medical necessity.

  5. GreatLakeSailor December 12th, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    From the report

    Abu Zubaydah’s eye was so badly damaged during his time in prison that it was surgically removed.

    OK, lemmie try a Hayden here: I’m not a doctor, but what I’m told is that removing a damaged eye is medically necessary after we pounded it beyond repair, so see, it was really just a medical proceedure.

  6. whatthe46 December 12th, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    could the medical reasoning for the puree rectal feeding and hydration be because they knocked all of their teeth out of their faces? disgusting.