The GOP says the CIA's torture saved lives. That doesn't make it right.

Even if we believe the CIA's unbelievable claims, there is no excuse for inhumane abuse

Guantanamo Bay
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Forcing pureed hummus into a prisoner's rectum for medically unnecessary reasons is justifiable, according to Republican critics of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the CIA's horrific torture program during the Bush era. Though that may sound over-the-top — not the blender-enema act; the CIA really did that — it is the natural endpoint of the GOP's tortured logic to defend the CIA.

On Tuesday, the Senate released a long-awaited report into the CIA's torture program that concluded the agency lied about the brutality of its techniques and their effectiveness in extracting information from detainees. Among the lowlights: The CIA played Russian roulette with a detainee, reduced another to dog-like docility, and, yes, forced at least five to endure "rectal feeding" or "rectal hydration."

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