A week after former Vice President Dick Cheney defended the use of waterboarding in an interview with American University’s television station in March, Maine independent Senator Angus King suggested Sunday that Cheney should “sit in a waterboard” and see whether Cheney would still argue that it isn’t torture.
“Some people called it torture. It wasn’t torture,” Cheney said at the time. “If I would have to do it all over again, I would. The results speak for themselves.”
King, appearing on MSNBC’s Up With Steve Kornacki, said he was “stunned” to hear the former vice president defend waterboarding, which King considers torture. “If he doesn’t think that was torture, I would invite him anywhere in the United States to sit in a waterboard and go through what those people went through, one of them 100-plus-odd times,” King said. “That’s ridiculous to make that claim. This was torture by anybody’s definition. John McCain said it’s torture and I think he’s in a better position to know that than Vice President Cheney.”
“To say it was carefully managed and everybody knew what was going on, that’s absolute nonsense,” King added. “If you go through the [Senate intelligence report], it’s clear that the people doing this weren’t being honest, even with their superiors at the White House, at the upper branches of the CIA, the Office of Legal Counsel, the attorney general, the Congress of the United States, the national security adviser. That’s one of the really bad things about this. What they did was bad, but then to misrepresent it the way they did throughout a number of years, that’s what’s really the worst thing.”
Watch the clip of King’s remarks below: