The torture story goes on

Just keeping you peeps up to date.

Dick Cheney is not providing plausible deniability for his former boss. Here is Cheney speaking about the “enhanced interrogation program”:

SCHIEFFER: Did President Bush know everything you knew?

CHENEY: I certainly, yes, have every reason to believe he knew — he knew a great deal about the program. He basically authorized it. I mean, this was a presidential-level decision. And the decision went to the president. He signed off on it.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seems to be implicated as well, underscoring the need for an independent investigation, rather than one run by Congress:

…documents purportedly show that Pelosi was briefed in September 2002 about the use of torture against specific detainees. The documents show that Pelosi was briefed at the same time as then-Rep. Porter Goss (R-Fla.) were the first two members of Congress ever briefed on the interrogation tactics.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid gets on the “torture is right under certain circumstances” bandwagon:

BROWN: Well let me ask you, Senator Reid, you’ve seen the evidence come forward. We’ve heard Dick Cheney himself say he waterboarded and he’d waterboard again…. Isn’t that therfore an obvious and admitted crime right there in the face of the American people?

REID: Something everyone has to weigh is this, we’re a nation of laws and no one can dispute that, but I think what we have to, the hurdle we have to get over is whether we want to go after people like Cheney. That’s a decision that has to be made….

BROWN: …Isn’t it our obligation if he’s violated the law … ?

REID: There are a lot of decisions that are made that are right that may not be absolutely totally within the framework of law. [Bold mine – Chris] For example with President Nixon . . . I mean . . . should he have been impeached or did President Ford do the right thing?….

One Comment

  1. Ian

    What is Reid arguing there? It sounds like he is just trying to skirt the issue by asking questions.

    I’m curious with this recent endorsement of Limbaugh by Cheney, does Dick Cheney actually wield a lot of influence? Do Republicans really care what he has to say?

    And get Pelosi.