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12/19/2014 12:41 pm ET Updated Dec 19, 2014

Glenn Greenwald: U.S. Media 'Purposely And Systematically' Suppresses Torture Victims

Glenn Greenwald is wholeheartedly unsatisfied with the manner in which American media has framed the conversation about the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on CIA interrogation methods, he told HuffPost Live's Alyona Minkovski on Thursday.

"They're extremely subjective and biased on the side of the U.S. government while feigning these pretenses of neutrality," Greenwald said.

The biggest transgression, he explained, is that American outlets fail to give a voice to anyone who actually experienced the kind of brutal torture that Dick Cheney said he would do again "in a minute." Greenwald explained:

[The media's] justification for this is, "Well, it's not up for us to resolve debates. We just report what one side says, what the other side says and leave it at that." And yet they don't show all sides, as evidenced by ... [the fact that] we don't hear from the victims of torture, because to hear from them would be too illuminating about what our government does, and so the U.S. media purposely and systematically suppresses that side.

Greenwald told HuffPost Live that the Obama administration's unwillingness to treat torture as criminal "emboldens torturers like Dick Cheney to go around and say, 'What I did was absolutely right.'"

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