Zero Dark Hurty

  • Aired:  04/17/13
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A bipartisan task force on post-9/11 interrogation techniques concludes that the United States actively engaged in torture. (4:30)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

NOW, WE'VE BEEN FIGHTING THE WAR

ON TERROR FOR, I DON'T KNOW,

SEEMS LIKE A MILLION YEARS NOW.

IF THERE'S ONE THING THAT GIVES

YOU HOPE IT'S THAT EVEN IN THE

DARKEST DAYS WE NEVER LOST THIS

COUNTRY'S MORAL COMPASS.

>> THE UNITED STATES DOES NOT

FAULTER.

>> THE UNITED STATES DOES NOT

TORTURE.

>> THE PRESIDENT HAS ALWAYS TOLD

EVERYONE THAT HE WILL NOT ALLOW

TORTURE.

>> WE DON'T TORTURE.

Jon: WE MIGHT BE ENGAGED IN A

LITTLE ROUGH HOUSING, A LITTLE

(MUMBLING) WE HAVE) MUMBLING)

ONE TIME WE TICKLED SOMEBODY.

KNOW BIG DEAL.

ANYWAY, YOU KNOW WHAT?

THAT STUFF HAD TO BE DONE.

>> I HAPPEN TO BELIEVE THAT THE

ACTIONS I'VE TAKEN WERE

NECESSARY TO PROTECT OURSELVES

AND LAY THE FOUNDATION FOR

PEACE.

THAT'S WHAT I BELIEVE.

WE'LL SEE WHAT HISTORY SAYS

>> Jon: ADDING...

YOU KNOW WHAT?

FORMER PRESIDENT BUSH IS RIGHT.

WE'LL HAVE TO WAIT TO SEE WHAT

HIS SOAR SAYS.

>> Jon: HOLD ON.

IT'S HISTORY CALLING.

I HAVE TO GET THIS QUICK.

JUST GIVE ME A SEVMENT.

C.

YEAH, OKAY.

HE'S RIGHT HERE.

IT'S FOR YOU.

>> INDEPENDENT TASK FORCE ON

POST 9/11 INTERROGATION

TECHNIQUES ISSUED A SCATHING

REPORT TUESDAY.

IT CONCLUDED THAT THE HIGHEST

U.S. OFFICIALS UNDER THE BUSH

ADMINISTRATION BORE

RESPONSIBILITY FOR WHAT IT

CALLED THE INDISPUTABLE USE OF

TORTURE.

>> Jon: INDISPUTABLE USE OF

TORTURE.

NO, NO.

WHAT PART OF "WE DON'T TORTURE"

DOES THIS INDEPENDENT BIPARTISAN

TASK FORCE NOT UNDERSTAND?

I MEAN... ALL RIGHT.

THIS ISN'T TOO BIG A SURPRISE.

WE'VE ALWAYS KNOWN ONE OR TWO

REALLY REALLY BAD GUYS HAD THEIR

INTERROGATIONS IN HAND.

>> I THINK IF ANYONE TAKES TIME

TO READ THE REPORT THEY WILL BE

OVERWHELMED BY THE VOLUME OF

EPISODES WHERE REPRESENTATIVES

OF OUR GOVERNMENT, OUR MILITARY

BRUTALLY, BRUTALLY TORTURED

MANY, MANY PEOPLE.

>> AMERICAN PERSONNEL CONDUCTED

AN EVEN LARGER NUMBER OF

INTERROGATIONS THAT INVOLVED

CRUEL, INHUMANE OR DEGRADING

TREATMENT.

>> Jon: COME ON.

THEY WERE OUR GUESTS.

WE GAVE THEM WATER.

WE JUST... DIDN'T GIVE IT TO

THEM IN THE TRADITIONAL WAY THAT

PEOPLE (CROWD GROANING)

SO IT TURNS OUT WE DIDN'T JUST

LOSE OUR MORAL COMPASS, WE

SMASHED IT TO SMITHEREENS.

I GUESS THE ONLY SILVER LINING

IS LIKE PRESIDENT BUSH SAID

TORTURE GOT US THAT GREAT

INFORMATION.

WE'RE ALL SO MUCH SAFER BECAUSE

OF IT.

>> ON TOP OF ALL OF IT, THE

COMMISSION FOUND NO EVIDENCE

THAT TORTURE EVER YIELDED ANY

KEY INFORMATION, NO INFORMATION

THAT WE ARE ANY SAFER BECAUSE OF

IT.

>> Jon: SO WHAT ARE THE LESSONS

WE CAN DRAW FROM THIS REPORT?

>> IT'S IMPORTANT BECAUSE WE AS

A NATION HAVE TO GET THIS RIGHT.

I LOOK BACK IN HISTORY TO THE

TIME DURING WORLD WAR II THAT WE

INTERNED IN JAPAN

HE'S-AMERICANS.

AT THE TIME IT SEEMED LIKE THE

RIGHT AND PROPER THING TO DO.

BUT IN THE LIGHT OF HISTORY, IT

WAS AN ERROR

>> Jon: I'M SORRY.

EXCUSE ME FOR A SECOND.

I JUST NEED TO GO BACK REAL

QUICK.

>> HELLO, JOHN

Jon: HEY, IS THIS GEORGE

TAKEI?

>> HI, HOW ARE YOU?

Jon: VERY WELL, SIR.

HOW ARE YOU?

>> JUST GREAT

on: IT'S JON STEWART.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

VERY NICE.

I HAVE A QUICK QUESTION FOR YOU.

>> YES

Jon: WHEN YOU WERE FOUR YEARS

OLD AND YOUR FAMILY WERE TAKEN

FROM YOUR HOME AND PLACED IN AN

INTERMENT CAMP FOR

JAPANNESE-AMERICANS, AT THE TIME

DID THAT SEEM LIKE THE RIGHT AND

PROPER THING TO DO?

>> NO.

IT DID NOT.

>> Jon: OKAY.

THANKS A LOT, GEORGE.

>> ANY TIME, JON

Jon: ALL RIGHT.

THAT'S WHAT I THOUGHT.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

SEE, THINK ABOUT A MORAL

COMPASS.

IF YOU TAKE IT OUT AND SHAKE IT

FROM TIME TO TIME YOU DON'T HAVE

TO WAIT FOR HISTORY TO TELL YOU

YOU'RE FACING THE WRONG

DIRECTION.

WE'LL BE RIGHT

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