John Oliver On USA Torturing Prisoners

This is hilarious:

0:58 – “We tortured some folks” -Obama    LOL uh ya no kidding that’s a weird way to phrase it.

mr-chow-hangover-did-you-die4:58 – Subjected prisoners to Russian roulette… threatened with a power drill, rectal rehydration.

Is John Oliver fairly new?  I only heard about him recently after he interviewed Edward Snowden (haven’t watched it yet, but it looks funny).

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Gizmo June 20, 2015 at 01:59 am

John Oliver has been around for awhile. Most people know him from guest hosting for the Daily Show a bit ago while Jon Sterwart was on vaca filming a movie. Also known for being the crazy British perv/professor on Community. So yeah, you been sleeping on him for awhile LOL

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ENDO-Mike June 20, 2015 at 12:29 pm

haha damn yea I have been sleeping on him apparently!

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John Fritz June 20, 2015 at 05:19 am

This guy is the biggest effing douchecopter around.

Made it to 0:41 on the vid. A new JO endurance record for me.

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JohnnyIShootStuff June 20, 2015 at 05:49 am

Did Rachael maddow change her name to john Oliver?

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ENDO-Mike June 20, 2015 at 12:29 pm

LOL

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Javier June 20, 2015 at 07:38 am

He has been around for years. I’ve always liked his “coverage” of the Mumbai attacks:

http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/bvnv5d/mumbai-tragedy

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Disco June 20, 2015 at 11:05 am

The Snowden interview was a HUGE waste.
Whenever it looked like Snowden was about to open up with something interesting or different from previous interviews; Oliver would run his mouth or make a stupid joke. You can tell Snowden realized he wasn’t being taken seriously and just went along with it vowing never to speak to this dumbass again.

I’m not a Snowden fan but I’m willingto listen because what he uncovered is the smoking gun of the 2010s.

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ENDO-Mike June 20, 2015 at 12:30 pm

Aw damn. Normally I like what Snowden has to say. From seeing the preview though I did get the impression that it was all going to be a big joke. Now you confirmed it.

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dwb June 20, 2015 at 12:25 pm

Oliver has been a bit player on the Daily Show for a long time, until he got the promotion to the big chair.

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ENDO-Mike June 20, 2015 at 12:31 pm

Wow yea I’m so out of touch with TV. I’ll have to check out some more of his stuff, thanks!

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Trell June 21, 2015 at 02:14 am

You have to check him out on community too!

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Drew June 20, 2015 at 02:46 pm

There is a certain “giggle factor” listening to this guy. Conversely, that Senate report, which cost $40 million dollars to research and assemble missed the most important portion, not a single CIA employee or contractor was interviewed, especially those involved with Enhanced Interrogation Techniques (EIT). The referenced report was an assembly of very poorly interpreted documents.

EIT is not torture, all of our Tier One BAMF’s as well as a number of cilivians undergo it during SERE training. We don’t torture our own people.

Waterboarding was used on 3 bad guys – that’s it. KSM and two of OBL’s couriers, one of which gave the name of the dude which led us to Abbottabad, then to Bin Laden’s place. The rest is history.

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KestrelBike June 21, 2015 at 09:38 am

Can you give a source for your last paragraph? (waterboarding was used on 3 bad guys). Not doubting it, just would love to be able to use it for my own discussions if it ever pops up and be able to back it up.

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JoelC June 22, 2015 at 06:16 am

Thank you for mentioning this. I heard it all when this news was fresh, but this guy is recycling such old information that I needed a refresher on how flawed that report truly was.

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ENDO-Mike June 20, 2015 at 04:39 pm

Comment test

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sam June 21, 2015 at 10:06 am

The president is known to selectively make his speech more or less colloquial. Oh well, I mean, why not. In this case though, calling the torture victims “folks” is off key. And referring to the number of the as “some”.

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James P June 21, 2015 at 10:31 pm

The Snowden interview was fuckin gold.

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AdiM June 22, 2015 at 02:06 am

Just a test.

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AdiM June 22, 2015 at 02:31 am

test again!

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Vitsaus June 22, 2015 at 10:43 am

Oliver is another red propagandist disguised as a satirist (like Jon Stewart, Michael Moore, etc…) his humor is there to make him likable, in spite of his obvious far left leanings.

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Kevin June 22, 2015 at 11:00 am

Unfortunately, like those other left-leaning comedy journos, the left-wing stuff is mixed in with some really excellent investigative reporting. John Oliver’s reports on infrastructure, FIFA criminality, and cigarette companies’ hijinks, for instance, were actually very good.

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T. June 22, 2015 at 01:57 pm

I like John Oliver and Last Week Tonight. Pretty consistently funny stuff. I’m always entertained.

I’m not one of those agro-idiots whose political learnings dictate every other aspect of my life though. So YMMV.

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J- June 22, 2015 at 09:28 pm

He missed the whole point of why we tortured people in the Middle East.

We are fighting savages. Simple as a that. They do not respect basic human decency, let alone the rules of war. Every time we have a restrictive rule of engagement, they interpret it as our weakness. We had to prove that we were tough enough to take them on. That we were willing to hurt them. What we proved was that we were more scared of us treating them badly than we were of them.

If we want to do away with torture, I’m fine with that. We just need to replace it with an enemy body count in the tens of millions.

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FatAlSharpton June 23, 2015 at 08:52 am

7:05-13, Diane “Ban guns, they’re bad,” Feinstein says the torture was legit.

They must pump a big tank of Crazy into her water supply every morning.

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