The Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee renewed their attacks on the Central Intelligence Agency's use of controversial interrogation methods last week, but former Director of Central Intelligence Michael Hayden on Sunday questioned the continued allegation that such CIA "black site" operations had not led to the locating and killing of al-Qaeda icon Osama bin Laden.
During a segment on “Fox News Sunday,” Hayden told news anchor Chris Wallace that he had serious reservations regarding the intended goals of Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), whose committee recently voted to declassify a report on the Bush-era CIA interrogation techniques.
"This is yet another political ploy by Democrats to dredge up President [George W.] Bush's name in order to blame him for the deterioration of the CIA's capabilities," said former intelligence officer and police detective Sid Franes.
"These liberal-left politicians know they're in trouble over their Obamacare votes and statements, so they're looking to set up a 'straw man' during the election cycle and what better target than an agency that isn't allowed to defend itself for obvious reasons -- they are a secret agency," Franes noted.
According to reports, Feinstein's panel -- including Republicans such as Sen. John McCain -- are alleging that the interrogation methods employed by the CIA and CIA contractors, including waterboarding, did very little to contribute to the U.S. intelligence community's eventual success at locating Osama bin Laden in Pakistan and "terminating him with extreme prejudice."
Surprisingly, when President Barack Obama and his administration assisted in the making of the acclaimed motion picture Zero Dark Thirty, the filmmakers depicted the use of waterboarding, sleep deprivation and use of humiliation to secure the desired information.
Yet, when the film debuted, members of Feinstein's committee and other Senate and House Democrats criticized the scenes in which the CIA operatives used the very techniques to achieve their goal of ending bin Laden's command.
During his interview on Fox, Hayden bluntly questioned the report from Feinstein’s committee. He said he believed that she was seeking a report being issued that was "a scathing condemnation of the enhanced interrogation methods."
During another segment of Fox News Sunday, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Liz Cheney who was participating on the show's "all-star panel" blasted Feinstein's intelligence report saying it was lacking any participation from CIA personnel.
"While the report relied on CIA documents, it did not include enough input from CIA officials and was largely written by Democratic staff," Cheney said.
“You cant have a fair report if it doesn’t talk to the people who run the program,” she said.