At a news conference on Friday, President Obama said he has “full confidence” in CIA Director John Brennan. Addressing the Senate report that the CIA spied on, Obama acknowledged the United States has “tortured some folks.”
President Obama: “We did some things that were wrong. We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks. It’s important for us not to feel too sanctimonious in retrospect about the tough job that those folks had. And a lot of those folks were working hard under enormous pressure and are real patriots.”
In comments that got far less attention, Obama also said that after he took office, he banned “some” — not all — of the CIA’s torture practices.
President Obama: “But having said all that, we did some things that were wrong. And that’s what that report reflects. And that’s the reason why, after I took office, one of the first things I did was to ban some of the extraordinary interrogation techniques that are the subject of that report.”