Cheney: Democrats' CIA Report Is 'Full of Crap'
Former Vice President Dick Cheney laid into the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA interrogations Wednesday, calling the “deeply flawed” report a “terrible piece of work,” and concluding that it’s “full of crap.” He asserted the CIA’s enhanced techniques, such as waterboarding, provided actionable intelligence that proved “vital in the success of keeping the country safe from further attacks.” For example, he said, “We’ve got Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who was the mastermind of 9/11, who has killed 3,000 Americans, taken down the World Trade Center, hit the Pentagon, would have taken out the White House or the Capitol building if, in fact, it hadn’t been for the passengers on United 93. He is in our possession, we know he’s the architect, and what are we supposed to do? Kiss him on both cheeks and say, ‘Please, please tell us what you know?’ Of course not. We did exactly what we needed to do to catch those who were guilty on 9/11 and to prevent a further attack, and we were successful on both parts.” The most important question, Cheney argued, is this: “What are you prepared to do to get the truth against future attacks against the United States?” On that score, he concluded, “The CIA did one hell of a job.”