Cheney Says Harsh Interrogations Kept US Safe

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2009 7:54 PM CST
Vice President Dick Cheney waits for senators to arrive in the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – Dick Cheney asserted today that "we don't torture" but said the limited use of "enhanced interrogation" such as waterboarding yielded information that helped fend off terror attacks, the Washington Examiner reports. Cheney told a roundtable of conservative journalists that the administration doesn't get enough credit for "what didn't happen." He added that "President Obama is going to have his hands full" because "it's a big, complex, dangerous world out there."

“For a few senior al-Qaeda officers we captured early on, some of whom were subject to enhanced interrogation,” Cheney said, “we produced a wealth of information for us—a basic database about al-Qaeda." In another interview with CBS radio, Cheney dismissed the "urban legend" that he called the shots in the White House and joked that he's "actually quite lovable."