What "offends the hell out of me,!"
This clip of Dick Cheney is outrageous. The man is willfully obtuse and obviously thinks the best defense is a robust offense. He continues to insist - without any warrant beyond his own say so - that torture "worked" in the sense of having generated usable intelligence that was not, or could not have been, elicited otherwise. For a sane response to Cheney and his press minions I recommend this post from the typically straightforward Glen Greenwald. In particular Greenwald is right about how press reports that cite unnamed sources are subsequently being taken up as having established 'facts' that in no way are established. The media as echo-chamber.
PS: (Added a short time later.) So, you think Greenwald and all the sources he cites are simply pinko progressive types who are soft on national security? Here is John McCain, reacting to Cheney's performance art: "I think the interrogations were in violation of the Geneva Conventions and the convention against torture that we ratified under President Reagan . . ." And, furthermore: "I think these interrogations, once publicized, helped al Qaeda recruit. I got that from an al Qaeda operative in a prison camp in Iraq... I think that the ability of us to work with our allies was harmed. And I believe that information, according go the FBI and others, could have been gained through other members."