Cheney: “I Was a Big Supporter of Waterboarding”

Former Vice President Dick Cheney came out this weekend in an interview with ABC’s Jonathan Karl to proclaim “I was a big supporter of waterboarding.” It is an astonishing public admission since waterboarding is not just illegal but a war crime. It is akin to the Vice President saying that he supported bank robbery or murder-for-hire as a public policy.

The ability of Cheney to openly brag about his taste for torture is the direct result of President Barack Obama blocking any investigation or prosecution of war crimes. For political reasons, Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have refused to carry out our clear obligations under international law to prosecute for such waterboarding. Indeed, before taking office, various high-ranking officials stated that both Obama and Holder assured them that they would not allow such prosecutions. While they denied it at the time, those accounts are consistent with their actions following inauguration.

By the way, this is the same man who insisted that acknowledging waterboarding was barred under national security laws — a position accepted by ranking Democrats who were eager to avoid the issue during the Bush Administration.

We have now come to this: a Vice President who feels perfectly comfortable in bragging out his support for a torture program. It is a moment that is more of an indictment of Obama than (the unindicted) Cheney. It is fruit that comes from an Administration that chose politics over principle — even at the cost of precedent forged in the Nuremberg trials and the Geneva Conventions. Cheney’s statement should be a moment of unspeakable national shame.

For the full interview, click here.

192 thoughts on “Cheney: “I Was a Big Supporter of Waterboarding””

  1. Looking for the pharmaceutical variety too. Always was a afraid of homemade. Home grown a different story. lol.

    So 222 are not readily available anymore? Too bad.

  2. BIL,
    I’m having the hot tea as I type, I’m off to the pharmacy to get the drugs in the next half hour ( after I drop my studly son off at the local hug & slug ), I am teetering on the rim of insanity after an insane week, and the sex….well I’ll choose not to comment on that in this forum!
    Thank-you for your valued advice and well wishes

  3. WASHINGTON — Justice Department lawyers showed “poor judgment” but did not commit professional misconduct when they authorized CIA interrogators to use waterboarding and other harsh tactics at the height of the U.S. war on terrorism, an internal review released Friday found.

    The decision closes the book on one of the major lingering investigations into the counterterrorism policies of George W. Bush’s administration. President Barack Obama campaigned on abolishing the simulated drowning technique of waterboarding and other tactics that he called torture, but he left open the question of whether anyone would be punished for authorizing such methods.

    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/top/all/6876073.html

  4. Canadian,

    “I wouldn’t recommend sex, drugs or insanity for everyone, but they’ve always worked for me.” – Hunter S. Thompson

    But you can’t go by me. I’m peculiar.

    Perhaps just some hot tea and good night’s rest.

  5. Things are the same up here, and it seems that I have come down with a Great White North cold……ahhhh choooo!!!

  6. “Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.” – M.M.K. Gandhi

    “The small man thinks that small acts of goodness are of no benefit, and does not do them; and that small deeds of evil do no harm, and does not refrain from them. Hence, his wickedness becomes so great that it cannot be concealed, and his guilt so great that it cannot be pardoned.” – Confucius

    “The greatest penalty of evildoing – namely, to grow into the likeness of bad men.” – Plato

    “It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.” – Buddha (the real one)

  7. Gyges…I am grateful for the “politer” treatment than I deserve.

    I didn’t accuse anyone here of being “unthinking”; the vileness and vituperation contained in almost all posts on this site and the almost blind insistence that a method of interrogation involving no pain, no injury, and no permanent effects is equal to “searing with a hot iron, burning at the stake, electric shock treatment to the genitals…” is, at the same time, laughable, sad, and clearly the result of a collective hatred of Bush and anyone associated with him…that’s what I said, and believe.

    But enough of this. You all are apparently not going to take my advice and move on to MoveOn.Org. That’s a shame; you would fit in quite well there.

  8. Mike A.

    What rafflaw and CEJ said.

    **********

    rafflaw–

    “The torture proponents are simply in favor of anything Fox News tells them they should be in favor of.”

    Let me add: These same folks are against anything Fox News tells them they should be against.

    That’s why we call them dittoheads.

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