Dick Cheney: George W. Bush ‘Knew’ About Torture and ‘Approved It’ (VIDEO)

Former Vice President Dick Cheney appeared on Meet the Press Sunday to discuss the report on the CIA torture program and the role of the Bush administration in authorizing the torture of detainees. Almost as though he is too prideful to just shut up and nod at the Senate Intelligence Committee’s assertion that George W. Bush was kept in the dark about the horrific program until 2006.

The report claimed:

According to CIA records, no CIA officer, up to and including CIA Directors George Tenet and Porter Goss, briefed the president on the specific CIA enhanced interrogation techniques before April 2006. By that time, 38 of the 39 detainees identified as having been subjected to the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques had already been subjected to the techniques.The CIA did not inform the president or vice president of the location of CIA detention facilities other than Country.

Cheney, however, says that both he and the President were briefed directly on the torture program:

The notion that we were not notified at the White House is not true. I sat through a lengthy session in ’04 with the Inspector General of the CIA as he reviewed the state of the program at that time.

The suggestion, for example, that the President didn’t approve it — wrong, it’s a lie. That’s not true. He was briefed, I was heavily involved, as was especially the National Security Council, [Condoleezza Rice] — the President writes about it in his own book.

Cheney clarified that Bush was indeed directly briefed on the program, which features waterboarding, forced anal feeding, and sexual assaults at the hands of interrogators, instead of kept in the dark as claimed by the Senate report:

This man knew what we were doing. He authorized it. He approved it. A statement by the Senate Democrats, for partisan purposes, that the president didn’t know what was going on is just a flat-out lie…The president writes about it in his own book!

Does this mean that George W. Bush will finally be charged with war crimes? Probably not — but shouldn’t he be?

Watch the interview, below:

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