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"Well, I certainly would advocate it," Cheney replied. "I'd be a strong supporter of it."
"We went to a lot of trouble to find out what we could do, how far we could go, what was legal and so forth. Out of that emerged what we called enhanced interrogation. It worked. It provided some absolutely vital pieces of intelligence."
"It was a good program,"
he continued. "It was a legal program. It was not torture. I would strongly recommend we continue it."
The former vice president called the Obama's administration's investigation of CIA interrogators that may have abused detainees an "outrage."
CIA Director Leon Panetta has said waterboarding is torture but the former Vice President disagreed.
Fox News' Chris Wallace doesn't understand the difference between killing the leader of the world's most dangerous terrorist organization in a military operation and torturing detainees held in U.S. prisons.
"We'll all stipulate that bin Laden was a monster," Wallace told National Security Advisor Tom Donilon Sunday. "But why is shooting an unarmed man in the face legal and proper while enhanced interrogation including waterboarding of a detainee under very strict controls and limits, why is that over the line?"
"Our forces entered that compound and were fired upon," Donilon explained. "It's an organization that uses IEDs and suicide vests and boobytraps and all manner of other destructive capabilities."
"Let me just make my point," Wallace said.
"I'm not asking you why it was okay to shoot Osama bin Laden. I fully understand the threat. I'm not second guessing the SEALs. What I am second guessing is if that is okay,
why can't you do waterboarding or enhanced interrogation of Khalid sheikh Mohammed, who was just as bad an operator as Osama bin Laden?"
Originally posted by Blackmarketeer
He knows if he can convince the current or any future administration to reinstate torture it'll get him off the legal hook for implementing it in the first place. The information that led to the death of OBL was learned from traditional interrogation techniques, Panetta stated that even under torture KSM kept up his lies.
Originally posted by yourmaker
waterboard cheney first so he knows what he is advocating. if they knew half of what they do to people they probably wouldn't do it.
What I didn't know at the time – but have learned and spoken about since – is that al-Libi was severely tortured, including by water-boarding, into confessing that al-Qaida was working with Saddam Hussain on obtaining chemical and biological weapons in order to kill Americans. This information was submitted to Colin Powell, the then US secretary of state, who argued the case for war against Iraq based heavily on this information – which he described as credible and reliable. But a year later al-Libi retracted his statement. That mattered little to the people of Iraq, who by then were fully under the US-led occupation.
The US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) later opined that al-Libi's information was not correct and that he had made the confession either under duress or to get better treatment. What the world knew by then was that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and that al-Qaida had no presence in Iraq until the 2003 invasion.
Originally posted by -W1LL
It was a legal program. It was not torture.