Sen. John McCain, who was tortured while held prisoner in North Vietnam, defended Feinstein's decision to release the report to the public. He said the CIA's actions "stained our national honor." He rejected the CIA's claim that torture was effective, saying, "…victims of torture will offer intentionally misleading information if they think their captors will believe it. I know they will say whatever they think their torturers want them to say…" McCain reminded us what our use of torture says about us: "… the use of torture compromises that which most distinguishes us from our enemies, our belief that all people, even captured enemies, possess basic human rights, which are protected by international conventions the U.S. not only joined, but for the most part authored. … Our enemies act without conscience. We must not."