CBS has a preview of Tenet’s interview on 60 Minutes this coming Sunday…
Tenet says what bothers him most is that senior administration
officials like Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice continue using “slam dunk” as a talking point.
“And the hardest part of all this has been just listening to this
for almost three years, listening to the vice president go on ‘Meet the
Press’ on the fifth year [anniversary] of 9/11 and say, ‘Well, George
Tenet said slam dunk’ as if he needed me to say ‘slam dunk’ to go to
war with Iraq,” he tells Pelley. “And you listen to that and they never
let it go. I mean, I became campaign talk. I was a talking point. ‘Look
at the idiot [who] told us and we decided to go to war.’ Well, let’s
not be so disingenuous … Let’s everybody just get up and tell the
truth. Tell the American people what really happened.”
Get up… but then Tenet sits down when it comes to torture…
When pressed by Pelley about whether interrogations included water
boarding, Tenet insists he does not talk about techniques, and that
what he means by “enhanced interrogation” is not torture. Whatever it
is, it’s justified in his mind.
“We don’t torture people,” he says. “I want you to listen to me.
Sorry ya lost me. But there’s more if you’re interested