Former Vice President Dick Cheney said on Fox Business Thursday that he would enforce enhanced interrogation programs again if it were his call.
Cheney said that he does not consider enhanced interrogation torture, even though “often a lot of other people do.”
He stated that the interrogation of terrorists like Sheikh Mohammad were beneficial to U.S. intelligence. “I think what we did helped produce intelligence to be able to get bin Laden.”
“If it were my call I would not discontinue those programs,” Cheney said, recalling the devastation left in the wake of 9/11. “I’d have them active and ready to go.”
He added noted that Congress “has acted and changed the law,” and that the CIA must abide by those new laws, making it difficult for them to engage in enhanced interrogation tactics.
“If you know he’s probably the guy who knows more than anybody else except Bin Laden and then you tell me that ‘please, please, pretty please tell me what you know,’ well I don’t buy that.”
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