Dick Cheney took a few minutes out of his busy schedule of playing a Sith lord in the new Star Wars movie to appear on Fox News and confirm that he and Bush knew all about the way the CIA was torturing prisoners. This in response to claims in the torture report that the CIA had hidden some details from the White House.
Most notably, Cheney said former President George W. Bush knew all along about the methods used on prisoners and approved of them. The administration called them “enhanced interrogation techniques.” The Senate report called them “torture.”
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein said Bush was kept in the dark by the CIA for four years, Fox News’ Brett Baier pointed out.
“Not true. Didn’t happen,” Cheney replied. “Read his book.”
Bush was an integral part of the program and had to approve it before it could go forward, Cheney said.
Cheney said that neither the CIA nor himself ever kept any part of the program from the president. Asked whether he ever knew more about the program than Bush, Cheney said he couldn’t be certain because they read different things. Bush had a larger portfolio to deal with while Cheney spent most of his time focusing on national security, he said.
“But I think he knew everything he needed to know and wanted to know about the program,” Cheney said. “I think he knew, certainly, the techniques. We did discuss the techniques. There was no effort on our part to keep him from that.”
One can only hope that this is someday quoted at a trial after Bush and Cheney are indicted for war crimes. It won’t happen in this country, of course, because our political leaders are hypocrites and cowards who think they’re above the law — any law. That’s what American exceptionalism means — we do whatever the hell we want with no consequences, no matter how immoral or horrifying.