Liz Cheney Defends Dad: 'We Did Not Torture'

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2009 8:17 PM CDT

(Newser) – Dick Cheney's daughter stuck up for her dad today, insisting in an MSNBC interview that the CIA's interrogation techniques did not constitute torture, reports ThinkProgress. Liz Cheney, a former State Department official in her own right, also echoed her father's sentiment that the interrogations yielded valuable information. Two detainees "gave us incredibly important and useful information, information that saved American lives after they were waterboarded," she said.

"Everything that was done in this program, as has been laid out and described before, are tactics that our own people go through in SERE training," said Cheney. "We did not torture our own people. These techniques are not torture." Pressed on whether her father was the "prime mover" behind the memos, Cheney said, "There was no direction of lawyers from the vice president. That's not how this process worked."