Thursday, May 21, 2009

...and Cheney outright justifies torture

In a speech to the American Enterprise Institute, Cheney outlines his support of torture....yet the Republicans are upset that Pelosi claims the CIA mislead her on what tactics were being used? I assume that since they're so concerned that their interest is motivated by punishing people who knew about torture but didn't object to it. Maybe it would be good to start he witchhunt with Dick Cheney, otherwise, quite frankly, shut the fuck up. Now for Cheney:

"In the years after 9/11, our government also understood that the safety of the country required collecting information known only to the worst of the terrorists. And in a few cases, that information could be gained only through tough interrogations.

In top secret meetings about enhanced interrogations, I made my own beliefs clear. I was and remain a strong proponent of our enhanced interrogation program. The interrogations were used on hardened terrorists after other efforts failed. They were legal, essential, justified, successful, and the right thing to do. The intelligence officers who questioned the terrorists can be proud of their work and proud of the results, because they prevented the violent death of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of innocent people."

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