He says it wasn't "torture" — but it sure as heck worked.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney appeared on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday morning, answering questions from host Chuck Todd about the Senate Intelligence Committee's massive Tuesday report on the CIA's brutal interrogation tactics used against suspected terrorists.
Was Cheney remorseful about the tactics, which have been labeled "torture"?
Not at all.
Cheney defended the measures, constantly referring to 9/11 and arguing that the enhanced interrogations had helped prevent another major terror attack on U.S. soil, saying of the enhanced interrogations, "I'd do it again in a minute."
He also refused to label the techniques "torture," saying:
We were very careful to stop short of torture. The Senate has seen fit to label the report torture, but we worked hard to stay short of that definition…The definition is the one that was provided by the office of legal counsel… All of the techniques that were authorized by the president were, in effect, blessed by the Justice Department opinion that we could go forward with those without, in fact, committing torture.
He claimed one of the much-publicized CIA techniques, rectal feeding, was done for medical reasons.
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