Dick Cheney is at it again. The former U.S. vice president dismissed the Senate Intelligence Committee’s controversial report on the torture techniques associated with the CIA’s post-9/11 interrogation program as “flawed” during an appearance on NBC News’ “Meet the Press” Sunday. And he once again defended those enhanced interrogation techniques, or EIT.
“I’m perfect comfortable that they should be praised,” Cheney said of the CIA interrogators on the heels of reports they employed methods such as rectal feeding and waterboarding on prisoners. “They should be decorated,” “Meet the Press” quoted him as saying on its official Twitter page.
While Cheney, 73, admitted rectal feeding was not an approved EIT, he said the CIA’s waterboarding method -- “they way they did it” -- was not torturous and that he would advocate using similar techniques again. “It worked. It absolutely worked,” he said. “I’d do it again in a minute.”
Consistent with his statements in an interview with Fox News Wednesday when he called the Senate’s report “terrible,” Cheney continued to slam its findings Sunday. “The report is seriously flawed,” he said. “They didn’t talk to anyone in the program.”
Despite his stance, Cheney acknowledged he had not read the complete report, saying not all of it has been released. He previously said he had only read summaries of the lengthy report.
His latest statements echoes similar ones expressed after the release of the Senate’s report this month. “What I keep hearing out there is they portray this as a rogue operation and the agency was way out of bounds and then they lied about it,” he told the New York Times. “I think that’s all a bunch of hooey. The program was authorized.”