Former Vice President Dick Cheney was on NBC’s Meet the Press with Chuck Todd on Sunday where he stoically stood up to the popular media narrative that the actions taken by the intelligence community (specifically the CIA) after 9/11 were wrong. Cheney argued quite the opposite, that instead, the actions of our intelligence community had save many American lives. He also tangled with Todd over the “definition” of torture and argued that given the chance, he would make the same decisions all over again.
Vice President Dick Cheney: Well, torture to me, Chuck, is an American citizen on a cell phone making a last call to his four young daughters shortly before he burns to death in the upper levels of the trade center in the New York on 9/11.
There is this notion that somehow there is moral equivalence between what the terrorists did and what we do, and that is absolutely not true. We were very careful to stop short of torture, the Senate has seen fit to label their report “torture,” but we worked hard to stay short of that definition.
NBC’s Chuck Todd: What is that definition?
VP Cheney: The definition is the one provided by the office of legal counsel, and we went specifically to them because we did not want to cross the line where we may have violated some international agreement, and they specifically okayed and authorized everything that we did.
In the same interview the former Vice President also said
“We’ve avoided another mass casualty attack against the United States. And we did capture Bin Laden. I’d do it again in a minute.”
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