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May182011

Meghan McCain Blasts Rick Santorum for 'Torture' Remarks

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Meghan McCain, the daughter of Republican Sen. John McCain, may not agree with all of her father's political views, but one she shares is his belief that waterboarding is torture and that it didn't help track down Osama bin Laden.

Ms. McCain waded into the war of words over the value of so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques" late Tuesday after her dad came under fire from some members of his own party.

Likely GOP presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said this week that Sen. McCain, who was himself tortured during the Vietnam War, "doesn’t understand how enhanced interrogation works."

"I mean, you break somebody, and after they're broken, they become cooperative," Santorum said of the effort to glean intelligence from Khalid Sheik Mohammed on the name of bin Laden's courier. "And that's when we got this information."

The comments drew sharp rebuttal from Meghan McCain who tweeted, "Rick Santorum telling my father doesn't know about torture is like Carrot Top telling Lebron James he doesn't know about basketball."

Last week, Sen. McCain delivered an impassioned speech on the Senate floor and penned an op-ed in the Washington Post arguing, "It was not torture, or cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment of detainees that got us the major leads that ultimately enabled our intelligence community to find Osama bin Laden."

"In my personal experience," McCain said in his speech, "The abuse of prisoners sometimes produces good intelligence, but often produces bad intelligence because under torture a person will say anything he thinks his captors want to hear –- whether it is true or false –- if he believes it will relieve his suffering." Former Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey, however, fired back, claiming -- as Santorum did -- that CIA head Leon Panetta's own report details how the courier's name came about from a "mosaic" of data, including info gleaned from enhanced interrogation techniques.

Santorum issued a statement Wednesday clarifying that while he disagrees with McCain on the effectiveness of the techniques and whether they amount to torture, he never intended to question McCain's military service. 

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