Republican Senator Makes Waterboarding Joke At Brennan Hearing
Richard Burr of North Carolina probably thought it was hilarious.
While Brennan didn’t go so far as to say he personally believes waterboarding constitutes torture, he did assert that “waterboarding is reprehensible and it’s something that should not be done.” That’s what made Burr’s joke all the more jarring.
At the beginning of his time, Burr said, “I’m gonna try to be brief because I’ve noticed you’reon your fourth glass of water. And I don’t want to be accused of waterboarding you.” After some nervous laughter from Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Feinstein (D-CA) and others, Burr moved onto a more serious line of questioning.