Former VP Dick Cheney doubled down on his love of torture during the Bush Administration when he was speaking to an American University event in Bender Arena and claimed that waterboarding was not torture. Ask any expert in the field of interrogation tactics and they will tell you that waterboarding is torture. Not so with Cheney, who swears that it wasn't covered under the Geneva Conventions. He said he'd do it all over again if he had to.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney refuted accusations that he is a war criminal during his speech to students and members of the AU community in Bender Arena on March 28. The Kennedy Political Union hosted Cheney as part of a stream of speakers coming to campus.“The accusations are not true,” Cheney said.
During his vice presidency, three people were waterboarded, Cheney said. Waterboarding refers to either pumping a stomach with water or inducing choking by filling a throat with a stream of water, according to a report by NPR.
“Some people called it torture. It wasn’t torture,” Cheney said in an interview with ATV.
Students protested the event due to the accusations of war criminality against Cheney, The Eagle previously reported.
According to Cheney, the enhanced interrogation tactics used do not fall under the scope of the 1949 United Nations Geneva Convention, which outlaws cruel, inhuman or any degrading treatment or punishment because the Geneva Convention does not apply to unlawful combatants.
The Bush administration considered terrorists as unlawful combatants and considered those undergoing enhanced interrogation tactics as terrorists.
“If I would have to do it all over again, I would,” Cheney said. “The results speak for themselves.”
He should read up on a little WWII-American history:
In 1947, the U.S. charged a Japanese officer, Yukio Asano, with war crimes for waterboarding a U.S. civilian. Asano was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.
If it's not torture then why did the United States press for a conviction? What result is he talking about? Oh, showing the entire world that America loves to torture. Thanks Dick. Since Cheney admits the U.S. waterboarded three people, then I think he should serve 15 years times three for a total of 45 years of hard labor, don't you?
What's fair is fair.