Dick Cheney is not having a good week. Actually, the entire Cheney family is not having a good week. The former Vice President has been in hot water with many after his visit to the liberal American University in Washington, D.C., in which he had no regrets over the controversial interrogation practices (what we like to call torture) utilized by the Central Intelligence Agency during the Bush administration.
His daughter, Liz, defends him. Donald Rumsfeld defends him. However, there is one that now stands out in the crowd who deplore the actions of Cheney and the Bush Admin., and that is Independent Senator Angus King from Maine, who succeeded moderate Republican Olympia Snowe.
Senator King is a ranking member of the powerful Senate Intelligence Committee, which just last week moved to declassify executive summaries and other parts of a report conducted on the CIA’s interrogation and torture practices during the Bush administration following 9/11 in the subsequent War on Terror.
Senator King had some harsh words for Vice President Cheney, for he was “shocked” at the comments Cheney made regarding his actions in the War on Terror:
“If he doesn’t think that was torture, I would invite him anywhere in the United States to sit in a waterboard and go though what those people went through, one of them a hundred and plus odd times. That’s ridiculous to make that claim.”
Here, here, Senator! And let’s waterboard his daughter too, who thinks that the tortuous practice, is strictly political talking points. Senator King’s strong comments come from an appearance on MSNBC’s “Up With Steve Kornacki.
“This was torture by anybody’s definition. John McCain said it’s torture, and I think he’s in a better position to know that than Vice President Cheney. I was shocked at that statement that he just made and to say it was carefully managed and everybody knew what was going on, that’s absolute nonsense.”
As Jesse Ventura said: “You give me a water board, Dick Cheney and one hour, and I’ll have him confess to the Sharon Tate murders.” A.K.A- the practices aren’t fool-proof. Dick Cheney doesn’t considerate it torture, but it’s funny how it was considered torture during the Second World War when American POWs in Japanese camps, Nazi camps, and Vietnamese camps were subjected to it.
It is no secret that the torture sanctioned by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney has brought great shame to the United States and they have done enormous damage to the foreign policy of this country. If we can’t waterboard Cheney, can they at least be indicted for war crimes and crimes against humanity? Senator King is on the right track.