Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., blasted the Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture as “a liberal political exercise that serves no purpose.” It’s no wonder Roberts is defensive. He chaired the committee while the torture was occurring and refused a Democratic request to look into the interrogation methods being used. Roberts also assured the media and others at the time that the U.S. was not sending people to other countries to be tortured. As the new report documents, that was not true. Earlier this fall, former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson, the husband of outed CIA agent Valerie Plame, accused Roberts of being former Vice President Dick Cheney’s poodle. “He protected those elements of the CIA following the Bush-Cheney orders on torture,” Wilson wrote. – Phillip Brownlee
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