Former President George W. Bush knew of the enhanced interrogation techniques before 2006, said two high ranking officials of his administration yesterday on “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace and “Meet the Press” with Chuck Todd.
Senior advisor to the Bush White House, Karl Rove, and former VP Dick Cheney combatted doubts that the former President was unaware of the program’s harsh methods on the DC-based Sunday programs, respectively.
“The report says President Bush didn’t know about these enhanced interrogation techniques until 2006. You were there. Was that true?” asked “Fox News Sunday”‘s Chris Wallace on the show.
“No. In fact … his book describes how he was briefed and intimately involved in the decision,” said Rove. “He made the decision. He was presented, I believe, 12 techniques, he authorized the use of 10 of them, including waterboarding.”
Similarly, Chuck Todd posed a question to the former vice president on “Meet the Press” asking how the former president was briefed on the matter of the EIT’s, to which Cheney bluntly responded, “he was briefed.”
Cheney went on to mention that the former president addressed the issue in his book, “Decision Points.” Todd looked for clarification, asking, “right, well, three pages in his book he talks about it. But you were briefed directly, he was briefed indirectly most of the time. Is that fair to say?”
“There would be special meetings from time to time on various subjects that he would be directly involved in,” responded Cheney. “This man knew what we were doing. He authorized it, he approved it. A statement by the Senate Democrats for partisan purposes that the president didn’t know what was going on is just a flat out lie.”
These claims fly in the face of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s position that the former president was unaware of the extreme tactics used by the CIA prior to 2006.
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