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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Only one truthful statement in Dick Cheney's defense of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques - torture

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is a bionic man. In fact, he admits his life today is a gift, because he was privileged to receive a form of life support rarely used on ordinary people who pay for health insurance.  

In fact, Dick Cheney calls his cure a miracle.  

In a 60-Minutes, television interview with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Dick Cheney says his current health is "a miracle". He has lived with heart disease throughout his political career and especially when he served as the vice president. (I can't imagine right wing political nuts letting this kind of dangerous health condition pass on the current Vice President Biden....)

Nevertheless, Cheney's miraculous resuscitation, when he was plugged into a wall while an external heart kept him alive, and until a transplant was obtained, has not changed the former Vice President's stubborn refusal to admit to authorizing torture on suspected September 11, 2001 terrorists.

Although Mr. Cheney is steadfastly defending his role in authorizing water boarding on suspected September 11, 2001 terrorists, there was one - and only one- statement of truth in this discussion. Cheney told Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd, when interviewed on Sunday, December 14, 2014, that President George W. Bush (Bush 43) was, in fact, briefed on the use of water boarding, in spite of denials from the former President that he was not informed. I believe Mr. Cheney.

In fact, Mr. Cheney said that President Bush was fully informed about the use of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques or torture.  

It seems likely that President George W. Bush was fully briefed on interrogation tactics used by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, attacks. 

This statement disputes a conclusion reached by Senate Democrats in a report last week, said Cheney.

This information is contrary to the report by Democratic members of the Senate intelligence committee, that said Bush wasn’t briefed on specific CIA techniques until April 2006 -- four years after the program had begun.

“The notion that we were not notified at the White House about what was going on is not true,” Cheney said today on NBC’s Meet the Press program. 

Senator Dianne Feinstein's report, about the use of torture on September 11, 2001 suspected terrorists, should be public. It seems to me, Governor Jeb Bush, who wants to become his family's next president, must be asked to defend his brother's denial of this report. Governor Bush should tell Americans who knew what about torture, and when he knew it. This is important, because.....without the Florida election results of 2000, when President Bush's brother was the governor, the presidency of the 43rd president could never have happened. I believe someone must be held accountable for the illegal use of torture on suspected terrorists, especially in the absence of due process. Former governor Jeb Bush must be asked the tough questions about the use of torture, because he is largely responsible for the election of his brother, who probably knew and may have even authorized its use.

I can't remember ever defending former Vice President Dick Cheney, but I sincerely believe he's telling the truth when he says President George W. Bush knew about the use of torture, called "Enhanced Interrogation Techniques". 

In fact, I suspect the former president probably supported using torture, because he was desperate to retaliate against Osama bin Laden.  

Even a broken clock tells the right time twice a day. Mr. Cheney should reveal all he knows before his bionics run out on him again.

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