Tenet says the interrogations have to be seen in context – the context of a terrifying time when the U.S. government didn’t know where the next attack might come from.
This weekend’s 60 Minutes will include an exclusive interview with ex-CIA chief George Tenet, who’s written a new book due out in a month.
The 60 Minutes team in New York and I worked super fast to get an advance preview clip from the Tenet interview on Yahoo by Thursday – when the story of Tenet’s interview and the contents of his book began to break.
By Friday, the story was in full force and continues to roll along as more details from Tenet’s book are coming out.
In Tenet’s 60 Minutes interview, Tenet gets grilled about various intelligence failures – prior to 9/11, leading to the invasion of Iraq, and Tenet’s statement that the case for going to war in Iraq was a “slam dunk.” Tenet strives to put his infamous “slam dunk” comment into context as he sees it. We’ll publish that clip along with the full segment of the Tenet interview on Sunday night.
In the advance preview clip, Tenet insists that “we don’t torture people,” regarding the “enhanced interrogation techniques” put into place after 9/11. Again, Tenet says the interrogations have to be seen in context – the context of a terrifying time when the U.S. government didn’t know where the next attack might come from. It’s very interesting to hear the ex-CIA chief attempt to couch the interrogations in such context. Whether Americans will agree that the context justifies the actions remains to be seen.