Senator: ‘As far as I’m concerned,’ Cheney admitted condoning torture
Raw Story- David Edwards and Diane Sweet
Published: Thursday December 18, 2008
Vice President Dick Cheney confessed to approving torture, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Wednesday night.
During an interview with ABC News on Monday evening, Cheney had said “I supported it,” referring to the practice known as “waterboarding,” a form of simulated drowning.
“I was aware of the program, certainly, and involved in helping get the process cleared, as the agency in effect came in and wanted to know what they could and couldn’t do,” Cheney said. “And they talked to me, as well as others, to explain what they wanted to do. And I supported it.”
“Did he just admit to condoning torture?” Maddow queries.
“As far as I’m concerned, that’s exactly what he admitted,” Levin said after a pause to shut his eyes, and shake his head as if still in disbelief.