Cheney: Forced Rectal Feeding Done ‘For Medical Reasons’
[su_right_ad]Dick Cheney, appearing on “Meet the Press’, refused to acknowledge that forced rectal feeding is torture.
“We were very careful to stop short of torture,” Cheney said. “The Senate has seen fit to label the report torture, but we worked hard to stay short of that definition…The definition is the one that was provided by the office of legal counsel….All of the techniques that were authorized by the president were, in effect, blessed by the Justice Department opinion that we could go forward with those without, in fact, committing torture.”
Host Chuck Todd asked if that included the most gruesome example to emerged from the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report: forced rectal feeding.
“That does not meet the definition of what was used in the program,” Cheney said. “What was done here apparently certainly was not one of the techniques that was approved. I believe it was done for medical reasons…It wasn’t torture in terms of, it wasn’t part of the program.”[su_csky_ad]