VP Dick Cheney approved of “water-boarding” interrogation tactics

December 16, 2008

Washington (ChattahBox) — Vice President Dick Cheney seems to have made a rather candid but startling admission on a nation-wide, televised broadcast. In an interview ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl whether he approved of interrogation tactics used against a so-called “high value prisoner” at the controversial Guantanamo Bay prison, the outgoing VP,¬† admitted to giving official sanctioning of torture.

“I supported it,” he said regarding the practice known as “water-boarding,” a form of simulated drowning. I was aware of the program, certainly, and involved in helping get the process cleared, as the agency in effect came in and wanted to know what they could and couldn’t do. And they talked to me, as well as others, to explain what they wanted to do. And I supported it.”

He added: “It’s been a remarkably successful effort, and I think the results speak for themselves.”

The prisoner in question, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who the Bush administration alleges to have planned the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, is one of Guantanamo’s “high value targets” thus far charged with war crimes.

Cheney said that more then half of the information they had on Al Qaeda 3-4 years ago came from  Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

Karl also asked him if in hindsight he thought the tactics went too far. “I don’t,” Cheney said. It should be noted though that after World War II, Japanese soldiers were tried and convicted of war crimes in US courts for water-boarding.

Former military interrogator Travis Hall disagrees with Cheney’s position.

“Proponents of Guantanamo underestimate what a powerful a propaganda tool Guantanamo has become for terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda, despite several Department of Defense studies documenting the propaganda value of detention centers,” he said in a column for Opposing Views.

President-elect Barack Obama has promised to close the prison and pull US forces out of Iraq.

This video is from ABC’s World News, broadcast Dec. 15, 2008.


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