George H.W. Bush is coming to the defense of the CIA, days after the scathing Senate report criticizing the agency during his son’s administration.
“I felt compelled to reiterate my confidence in the Agency,” Bush, 90, said in a statement on Thursday, shortly after current CIA Director John Brennan held an extended press conference to defend the agency in light of the report’s detailed account of enhanced interrogation techniques (EIT) that included threats of sexual violence, rectal rehydration tk.
H.S. Bush, who served as CIA Director from 1976 to 1977, said during his time at the agency, “I learned firsthand that they are among the very finest people serving in the United States government — whose selfless and often dangerous work, always behind the scenes, went unheralded.”
The 41st President didn’t address the criticism of his son’s alleged leadership in sanctioning the controversial detention and interrogation of terror suspects. .
George W. Bush has not yet spoken out after the release of the report, though his second in command, former Vice President Dick Cheney, said the report is “full of crap.”
According to report by the Senate committee, Cheney was fully aware of the CIA’s actions though it suggests W. Bush may not have been clued in until later, in 2006.
Cheney denied that W. Bush was kept in the dark, telling FOX News his boss was “fully informed” of the detention and interrogation of terror suspects.
“The notion that the committee is trying to peddle that somehow the agency was operating on a rogue basis and we weren’t being told or the president being told is just a flat out lie.”