Cheney's Daughter Defends Dick's Torture Legacy
Liz Cheney's was on GMA this morning. She stated that water boarding was NOT torture! Stated that this was a good program I couldn't believe what I was hearing. When your drowning someone isn't that torture? Did I miss something somewhere along the line?
Liz Cheney says waterboarding was a "good program"
Dick Cheney's daughter Liz Cheney, a former White House staffer, defended her dad's role in authorizing the torture of alleged terrorists Thursday, saying that waterboarding detainees should in some cases be part of the interrogation process. The military gained valuable information from the prisoners it waterboarded -- enough of a justification for the torture techniques, Cheney said on MSNBC.
"Three people waterboarded and two people are people who gave us incredibly important and useful information, information that saved American lives after they were waterboarded," Cheney claimed, referring to Abu Zubaydah and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, both high-ranking members of al-Qaeda. Mohammed was reportedly waterboarded in 183 separate incidents, while Zubaydah was subjected to the drowning simulation more than 80 times.
The necessity of waterboarding Zubaydah and Mohammed in particular has been contested over the past week, in light of recently released private memos that claim the torture treatments were recklessly performed and did more harm than good.
Cheney dismissed the memos, arguing that the torture procedures were part of a "good program" that citizens should be "proud of."
"There is nobody being clearer saying this is a good program, this saved lives than the Vice President," she said, referring to her father.