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Arizona Congressman: McCain Knows A Lot About Torture But Is Wrong

"And I would just take issues with him on the notion that the enhanced interrogation that we're talking about here is torture."

Posted on December 10, 2014, at 5:01 p.m. ET

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Republican Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona says Sen. John McCain is wrong on torture, even though the Arizona senator was tortured during his five-and-a-half-year captivity in Vietnam.

McCain broke with the majority of his colleagues on Tuesday, praising the release of the Senate Democrats' 525-page report on CIA interrogation and detention activities.

"I so respect Senator McCain's service to this country and no one certainly knows more about torture than he does and so I recognize that," Franks said on KTAR Tuesday evening. "And I would just take issues with him on the notion that the enhanced interrogation that we're talking about here is torture."

The Senate Intelligence Committee's report, released on Tuesday detailed cases of hummus being inserted into a detainee's rectum, instances of waterboarding that led to near death, the death of a detainee in CIA custody, and extreme sleep deprivation, among other details.

McCain said the report's findings were a "stain on our national honor" and "the use of torture compromises that which most distinguishes us from our enemies."

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