Cheney: Torturers ‘Should Be Praised, They Should Be Decorated’
They are heroes, not torturers, says the former vice president.
“I’m perfectly comfortable that they should be praised, they should be decorated,” the right-hand man to former president George W. Bush told NBC television’s “Meet the Press” program, adding, “I’d do it again in a minute.”…
Cheney said there is “no comparison” between the tactics and the deaths of American citizens on September 11, 2001, adding that the CIA “very carefully avoided” the practice of torture.
“Torture is what the Al-Qaeda terrorists did to 3,000 Americans on 9/11,” Cheney said.
“There is no comparison between that and what we did with respect to enhanced interrogation.”
He said he was unfazed that many of the foreign nationals rounded up and held for years, including those tortured, eventually were found not to be terrorists.
“I have no problem as long as we achieve our objective and our objective is to get the guys who did 9/11 and it is to avoid another attack against the United States,” he said.