Jon Stewart’s reaction to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s new report on the CIA’s torture program could be summed with the famous projectile vomiting scene from Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life.
“I just made this movie [Rosewater] about a guy who triumphs over the inhuman conditions in his imprisonment in an authoritarian country, and I don’t think they did half that sh-t to [Maziar Bahari],” The Daily Show host said. “That was probably worse because Maziar was completely innocent.”
Not quite. The Tuesday torture report — which included descriptions of detainees undergoing extreme sleep deprivation and rectally infused meals — found that 26 of the 119 individuals held by the CIA throughout the program were wrongfully detained. Stewart also took down the report’s acknowledgement that having the contractors evaluate the detainees’ well-being and mental states was a “conflict of interest.”
“I’m actually glad you threw in a little common everyday bureaucratic corruption to try and bring another flavor to this deluge of depravity,” Stewart said.
Watch the full clip below.