Former Vice President Dick Cheney did not mince words Wednesday when describing his reaction to the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on CIA interrogation techniques during the Bush administration.
In a departure from his initial reaction after the report was released Tuesday, Cheney decided to use the word he really meant when he described it as "all a bunch of hooey."
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"The report's full of crap, excuse me, I said ‘hooey' yesterday, and let me use the real word," Cheney told Fox's Bret Baier.
"You're on cable, it's–" Baier reminded him.
"It's okay, you can bleep it," Cheney said.
Cheney said the interrogation techniques did, in fact, produce actionable intelligence that was "vital in the success of keeping the country safe from further attacks."
"We've got Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who was the mastermind of 9/11, who has killed 3,000 Americans, taken down the World Trade Center, hit the Pentagon, would have taken out the White House or the Capitol building if, in fact, it hadn't been on for the passengers on United 93. He is in our possession, we know he's the architect, and what are we supposed to do? Kiss him on both cheeks and say ‘please, please tell us what you know?' of course not," Cheney said.
"We did exactly what we needed to do to catch those who were guilty on 9/11 and to prevent a further attack, and we were successful on both parts."