Describing the former Vice President’s justification of torture as “setting this nation’s moral bar at anything incrementally better than the most despicable thing that has ever been done to us,” the Daily Show host asked, “Is this man a righteous warrior or a psychopath?”
The long-awaited CIA torture report was published last week, detailing in more than 500 pages how prisoners were were beaten and “rectally hydrated” without medical necessity. One in 5 held were totally innocent, and almost no actionable intelligence was obtained as a result of any of the torture.
The response to the report has been sharply polarizing: John McCain, a veteran senator who was tortured himself in Vietnam condemned the practices detailed as “[damaging] our security interests, as well as our reputation as a force for good in the world.” Exiled whistleblower Edward Snowden called it an “inexcusable crime.”
Responding to Cheney’s comments on NBC’s Meet the Press, Stewart said, “It’s like this guy’s Vice President in a Cormac McCarthy novel.”
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