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Published 11 December 2014

“Torture is what we’ve done by having the IRS go after conservative groups,” said retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin.

A former top ranking military advisor to former President George W. Bush claimed Wednesday that the methods used by the CIA under the Bush administration to gather information from Guantanamo prisoners, including rectal feeding, are not torture.

Furthemore, the retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin suggested that real torture was the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) investigations into several conservative groups.

“This report came from a bunch of sanctimonious hypocrites. This is not torture. I’ll tell you what is torture. Torture is what we’ve done to the veterans at the VA hospitals. Torture is what we’ve done by having the IRS go after conservative groups,” said Boykin during an interview with Glenn Beck’s right-wing The Blaze TV.

“This report came from a bunch of sanctimonious hypocrites.”

Boykin’s remarks followed host Stu Burguiere’s statements where he questioned if not letting somebody sleep for several days, undressing them, or forcing them to stand up for long periods of time was torture.

The retired general was referring to the 2013 revelations when the IRS said it had been inestigating several conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.

“Maybe I’m the meanest person in the world, I don’t know,” Burguiere said. “Maybe I’m awful. But things like attention grasp — the interrogator grabs the detainee by the collar with two hands and pulls him closer in. That’s torture now?” said Burguiere.

His remarks came two days after the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee revealed a scandalous report on the CIA’s harsh interrogation tactics used against prisoners, allegedly to gather information.

The document has raised a wave of criticism of the U.S. government. The report also revealed that the torture techniques did not work in extracting usable intelligence. 

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