Former Vice President Dick Cheney hit back against the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report criticizing the CIA’s interrogation program, dismissing it as a flawed and “terrible” piece of work.
“The report’s full of crap,” Mr. Cheney, who was vice president during the period the interrogation program was underway, told Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier Thursday.
He said the report was a “classic example” of what happens “where a group of politicians get together and throw the professionals under the bus.”
The report released on Tuesday by the Senate Intelligence Committee Democrats concluded the harsh interrogation of suspected terrorists was ineffective and “brutal.” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.), the committee chairwoman who oversaw the investigation, said the study showed “the CIA’s actions a decade ago are a stain on our values and on our history.”
Mr. Cheney noted the committee investigators never interviewed the key people involved in the program. Sen. Feinstein said the CIA would not instruct its employees to cooperate.
The former vice president rejected the committee’s conclusion that his boss, President George W. Bush, was uninformed about many of the program’s details and wasn’t briefed on it until 2006, about four years after it was begun.