Dick Cheney Slams Senate Intelligence Report He Says He Has Not Read

The former vice president argued that the ends justified the means when it comes to the intelligence gathered by the CIA.
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To hear Dick Cheney tell it, his conscience is clean. 

In an interview with Fox News' Bret Baier on Wednesday, former vice president Cheney lashed out the Senate Committee's Report on the C.I.A.'s Use of Torture as a politically motivated document, despite his own admission of not having actually read all but others' summaries of it. 

"It's sort of a classic example, which you see too often in Washington in which a group of politicians get together and sort of throw the professionals under the bus," Cheney said. "We've seen it happen before, I can remember with Iran-Contra, what happened here was that we asked the agency to go take steps and put in place programs that were designed to catch the bastards that killed 3,000 of us on 9/11 and to make sure it didn't happen again, and that's exactly what they did, and they deserve a lot of credit, not the kind of condemnation that they're receiving from the Senate Democrats."

When confronted with many of the specifics of the 528-page summary of the more than 6,000-page report, however, such as the forced rectal feeding of prisoners, Cheney professed a lack of knowledge about what the CIA program entailed. 

"I don't know all the allegations that are out there," Cheney said, while maintaining that the report is "full of crap."

When Baier mentioned the case of one terrorism suspect, Gul Rahman, who died while in captivity after being shackled naked in a dungeon-like secret CIA facility, Cheney fired back, "3,000 Americans died on 9/11 because of what these guys did, and I have no sympathy for them. I don't know the specific details. I'm sure there were specific instances cited in the report, I haven't read the report, but I know for a fact—"

"Now wait a minute, you haven't read it?" Baier interrupted. 

"6,000 pages? No, not yet." Cheney responded. 

"How about 500 summary—" Baier continued, before being interrupted again. 

"I've see parts of it, I've read summaries of it," Cheney said. 

Here is Baier's interview. 

 

 

 

 

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