Just the other infamous Richard – Nixon, that is – might be comparable to him. Like Paul Krugman says, Tricky Dick “was surely the worst person other than Dick Cheney ever to control the executive branch.” Both apparently followed the same maxim of “when the President does it, that means it is not illegal.“
The former vice president showed no remorse yesterday when admitting once again, to Fox News Chris Wallace, that he himself knew of the use of interrogation techniques that are widely classified as torture, such as waterboarding.
His rationale: we tortured, therefore we were safe.
However, to this day, Cheney hasn’t been able to give the public a single specific example of how torturing detainees provided his government with crucial intelligence to avoid another September 11.
“It’s clearly a political move,” Cheney says of Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate alleged abuses of terror detainees by CIA officers. Even those who might have gone beyond George W. Bush’s Justice Department legal guidelines should be spared of any scrutiny, according to Cheney.
“I’m very proud of what we did.”