Fox News Military Analyst Thomas McInerney Advocates Torture, Falsely Claims It Worked On Sen. John McCain

Fox News military analyst Thomas McInerney attacked Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona for opposing President Donald Trump’s CIA nominee Gina Haspel, who presided over torture and the destruction of video tape evidence of torture at a CIA “black site” in Thailand during the Bush administration.

Fox Business host Charles Payne told the retired Air Force general that the (illegal) torture by President George W. Bush’s administration “did work to the benefit of humankind.”

Payne, who was accused of rape by former Fox News commentator Scottie Nell Hughes in 2017, failed to cite any proof and failed to mention that President Reagan banned torture in 1984, as reported by The Atlantic.

McInerney claimed (without proof) that torture worked on McCain while he was a prisoner of war in Vietnam:

The fact is, is John McCain — it worked on John. That’s why they call him “Songbird John.” The fact is those methods can work, and they are effective, as former Vice President Cheney said. And if we have to use them to save a million American lives, we will do whatever we have to.

McInerney’s claim that McCain collaborated with the enemy was debunked back in 2008 by PolitiFact:

Robert Timberg, author of John McCain: An American Odyssey, who has interviewed many POWs who served with McCain, said there’s no evidence that he ever collaborated with the North Vietnamese. “I’ve never known of any occasion in which Sen. McCain provided the North Vietnamese with anything of value,” Timberg said.

The New York Times noted in 2008 that McInerney secretly worked with the Bush administration to defend its failed war in Iraq to the media, and that McInerney “sits on the boards of several military contractors, including Nortel Government Solutions, a supplier of communication networks.”

(Sources: Fox News via Media Matters, PolitiFact, The New York Times, CNN, Democracy Now, The Atlantic)

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