Gina Haspel’s nomination to lead the Central Intelligence Agency brought with it fresh scrutiny of America’s now-defunct enhanced interrogation programs – deemed by many as torture – and a desire to know such programs will not be implemented in the future.
But Vice President Dick Cheney is on the other side of the argument, saying Thursday that enhanced interrogation should be resurrected.
“If it were my call, I would not discontinue those programs,” he said in an interview that aired Thursday morning on Fox Business. “I’d have them active and ready to go, and I’d go back and study them and learn.”
“I think the techniques we used were not torture. A lot of people try to call it that, but it wasn’t deemed torture at the time,” he told Maria Bartiromo. “People want to go back and try to rewrite history, but if it were my call, I’d do it again.”
Cheney also defended Haspel, who oversaw a CIA black site in Thailand where such techniques as waterboarding were used.
“I think she’d be a great CIA director,” Cheney said. “I think she’s done a great job in terms of the career she’s built, and the people I know at the agency are very enthusiastic about having one of their own, so to speak, in the driver’s seat at the CIA.”