Cheney's comments also mark the first time that he has acknowledged playing a central role in clearing the CIA's use of an array of controversial interrogation tactics, including a simulated drowning method known as waterboarding. Cheney said in an interview with ABC News:
"I was aware of the program, certainly, and involved in helping get the process cleared."
In a follow-up question Cheney was asked whether he still believed it was appropriate to use the waterboarding method on terrorism suspects, Cheney's answer: "I do."
His comments come on the heels of disclosures by a Senate committee showing that high-level officials in the Bush administration were intimately involved in reviewing and approving interrogation methods that have since been explicitly outlawed and that have been condemned internationally as torture. Of course our media is completely overlooking this scandal.
Watch Dick's interview here: