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Cheney Defends CIA Interrogation Program

Former Vice President Dick Cheney continues to insist that brutal interrogation techniques described in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s recent report should not be called torture.

During an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” he claimed that water boarding and other methods “absolutely did work” in extracting information from terrorism suspects following the 9/11 attacks.

“Torture, to me … is an American citizen on his cellphone making a last call to his four young daughters shortly before he burns to death in the upper levels of the Trade Center in New York on 9/11,” Cheney said. “There’s this notion that there’s moral equivalence between what the terrorists did and what we do, and that’s absolutely not true. We were very careful to stop short of torture.”

Cheney disagreed with those who believe Americans taken captive are more at risk of being tortured because of the CIA’s actions, Politico reported. He said a U.S. citizen held by a group like the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is “not likely to be water boarded; he’s likely to have his head cut off.”

Cheney called the Democrat-led committee’s investigation “partisan.” Regarding the interrogation program, Cheney proclaimed: “I’d do it again in a minute.”

Photo: Alaska Native News

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