Former vice president Dick Cheney visited NBC’s ‘Meet The Press’ on Sunday and defended the C.I.A. interrogation program that utilized torture methods for questioning terror suspects in the wake of 9/11, and called the operatives who ran it “heroes.”
“I'm perfectly comfortable saying that they should be praised, they should be decorated,” Cheney said. “I'd do it again in a minute.”
Cheney’s comments follow the release of a 6,000-page Senate report that detailed the torture methods used by the C.I.A. during interrogations. The report concluded that such methods were ineffective and did not actually contribute to the collection of useful information in efforts to prevent further attacks and piece together the events of September 11th. Vice president Cheney disagreed.
“It worked. It absolutely worked.”
Cheney, who had previously deemed the lengthy report as a “load of crap,” maintained that he was okay with suspects being tortured, saying it was not different than the horrific attacks by Al Qaeda terrorists that took the lives of thousands. “Torture is what the Al-Qaeda terrorists did to 3,000 Americans on 9/11,” Cheney said. “There is no comparison between that and what we did with respect to enhanced interrogation."
“I have no problem as long as we achieve our objective and our objective is to get the guys who did 9/11 and it is to avoid another attack against the United States,” the former vice president said.
One of the interrogation tactics reportedly used by the C.I.A. was something known as “rectal rehydration,” which involves the intestines being “swollen with fluid in order to cause pain.” Cheney said during the interview that he wasn’t aware of that particular practice at the time, though he believes it was done for “medical reasons.”
Cheney also reiterated earlier comments that President George W. Bush was aware of what was going on in regard to torture, contrary to what the Senate report and former Bush officials have said in recent weeks.
“He authorized it. He approved it.”
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