The PJ Tatler

Former CIA Official Jose Rodriguez: Obama Prefers to Kill From Afar, Using Drones
Jose Rodriguez, former head of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service, sat down with Sean Hannity to discuss the Senate’s CIA enhanced interrogation report. Hannity pointed out that Sen. Dianne Feinstein and other Democrats are being hypocritical and showing “selective moral outrage” for blasting the enhanced interrogation techniques while remaining silent on President Obama’s drone program.The estimated death toll under the current administration’s drone program is 2,400, Hannity said. “In Pakistan alone the estimated death toll is between 400 and 950 civilians, including 168 to 200 children.” He asked how the drone program “is not far more morally problematic than enhanced interrogation” to Feinstein.

“This administration does not take any prisoners, they prefer to kill them from afar, using drones,” Rodriguez said. “And somehow, they feel that because they kill from a distance, somehow, it’s more ethical … more ethical than the difficult and messy and unpleasant task and mission of actually interrogating prisoners. I think it’s a distortion of what our values are.”

Hannity said if given a choice between being waterboarded or killed by a drone strike, he would choose waterboarding.

“I think I’ll take the waterboarding, too,” Rodriguez said.