U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher has made national news for remarks dismissing FBI complaints that interrogators used inappropriate, possibly illegal techniques on suspected terrorist detainees in Guantanamo Bay.
The remarks at a subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee also drew sharp words from his Democratic congressional challenger.
Rohrabacher repeatedly cited a report of panties put on detainees’ heads as comparable to “hazing pranks,” arguing it didn’t come close to the definition of torture.
He mentioned the panties-on-head incident eight times.
“It’s one thing to have a growling dog eating someone’s leg or arm, which is absolute torture,” he said. “It’s another thing to have a growling dog around, or putting panties on someone’s head.”