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Texas Congressman: Torture Report Supporters Suffering From "9/11 Amnesia"

"There are some people in this country who don't like the military, don't like the intelligence community, and — as I saw a headline today say — they have 9/11 amnesia, like thinking it can't happen again."

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Rep. Mac Thornberry says supporters of the Senate Intelligence Committee's 525-page report on CIA interrogation and detention activities, released by Democrats Tuesday, are suffering from "9/11 amnesia."

"There are some people in this country who don't like the military, don't like the intelligence community, and — as I saw a headline today say — they have 9/11 amnesia, like thinking it can't happen again," the Texas Republican told KEYE radio.

Thornberry said a 9/11-like event "can happen again," saying it was "a dangerous thing to forget.

"Boy, that's a dangerous thing to forget, because it can happen again — there are people plotting and planning every day to attack us, to kill as many Americans as they can — and if it weren't for those people on the front lines, in the military, in the intelligence community, in law enforcement — you know, and they're getting beat up these days, too — that we would be in a much different place than we are."

The report details cases of hummus being inserted into a detainee's rectum, instances of waterboarding that led to near death, the death of a detainee in CIA custody, and extreme sleep deprivation, among other details.

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Andrew Kaczynski at andrew.kaczynski@buzzfeed.com.

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