Among the latest reactions to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s so-called “Torture Report” on the CIA’s terrorist interrogation techniques is one just issued by the Russian government — a harsh condemnation of the intelligence-gathering methods the report describes.
The New York Times says that the regime of Vladimir Putin wasted no time in claiming that the document released by Senate Democrats provided “confirmation of gross, systemic human rights violations by the American authorities.”
“We are urging the human rights community and responsible international organizations and structures to seek from Washington the disclosure of the full spectrum of information about human rights abuses committed in the framework of this ‘global war on terror’ and to bring those guilty to justice.”
Presumably, one of those Russia wants prosecuted and brought to “justice” is the man who talked extensively with Fox News’ anchor Bret Baier on Wednesday evening — former Vice President Dick Cheney.
Cheney was blunt, direct and unwavering in his broad critique of the Senate document and of the Democrats behind its preparation and release. In the exclusive “Special Report” interview, the number-two man in the administration of George W. Bush called the results of the committee’s investigation “deeply flawed” and strewn with “lies.”
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Cheney defended the CIA’s efforts in the post 9/11 period and said it was successful — “they did a helluva job” — summing up the Senate Democrats’ partisan investigation in six words: “The report is full of crap.”
You can watch a pithy portion of the Vice President’s interview with Bret Baier by clicking on the video above.