Former Vice president Dick Cheney meanly defended the CIA’s controversial post-9/11 interrogation tactics saying that he” would do it again in a minute”.
While interviewed by NBC’s Meet the Press Cheney reacted to a report released this week by the Senate Intelligence Committee that was labelled as the CIA’s torture techniques and said that they had not gathered any valuable information that could have gathered through other means.
He said” They didn’t talk to anybody who knew anything about the program,” “They didn’t talk to anybody within the program”.
Cheney said that there is no comparison between the CIA’s Tactics and the 9/11 terror attack that took 3000 American lives. he added “Torture is what the al Qaeda terrorists did to 3,000 Americans on 9/11.There is no comparison between that and what we did with respect to enhanced interrogation.”
According to Cheney the CIA “very carefully avoided” torturing prisoners during interrogations.
“All of the techniques that were authorized by the president were, in effect, blessed by the Justice Department opinion that we could go forward with those without, in fact, committing torture,” he said.
Cheney added that he was not very concerned about the interrogation of the foreign nationals who ultimately proved to be innocent.
“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,” he said on NBC.
The report says that the tactics followed by the CIA during the interrogation are far more brutal than ever.
John Yoo, a former Deputy Assistant Attorney General lawyer who helped write the memos from which the CIA drew the legal justification for its enhanced interrogation program, said the CIA may have gone too far.
Yoo said “If these things happened as they’re described in the report … they were not supposed to be done. And the people who did those are at risk legally because they were acting outside their orders”
Meet the Press’s Chuck Todd pressed Cheney on a practice “Rectal Rehydration”, upon which Cheney said that it was not part of the interrogation program but he believes that it was done for some medical reasons.
Cheney rejected the report’s claim that President George W. Bush was misled about the extent of practices that are being followed circumscribing daily briefings that included the President, CIA Director and himself.
“This man knew what we were doing. He authorized it. He approved it.” Cheney concluded.