Back to the Torture

  • Aired:  04/07/14
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As the Senate declassifies a report on torture abuses during the Bush administration, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld appear more than happy to embrace their twisted legacy. (6:33)

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>> WELCOME TO "THE DAILY SHOW".

MY NAME IS JON STEWART.

WE HAVE A BEAUTIFUL SHOWTONIGHT.

WE'VE A BEAUTIFUL SHOW TONIGHT.

TONIGHT'S GUEST MATT TAIBBI, AJOURNALIST, AUTHOR OF "THE

DIVIDE: AMERICAN INJUSTICE INTHE AGE OF THE WEALTH GAP."

IT'S A LOVE STORY.

IT'S QUITE LOVELY.

I ADDED THAT LAST PART.

OUR TOP STORY TONIGHT OF COURSEBEGINS IN CONGRESS.

LAST WEEK THE SENATEINTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE VOTED TO

DECLASSIFY A COMPREHENSIVEREPORT ON OUR COUNTRY'S USE OF

UM -- I GUESS WHAT THE C.I.A.

WOULD CALLED SUPERAGGRESSIVE TERRORIST SUSPECT SPA

TREATMENTS DURING THE BUSHADMINISTRATION.

[LAUGHTER]ANYWAY I ASSUME THAT THE

DECLASSIFIED REPORT ISEXCULPATORY AND REAFFIRMS THIS

NATION'S COMMITMENT TO THEAMERICAN VALUES.

>> THE REPORT EXPOSES BRUTALITYTHAT STANDS IN STARK CONTRAST TO

OUR VALUES AS A NATION.

IT CHRONICLES A STAIN ON OURHISTORY THAT MUST NEVER BE

ALLOWED TO HAPPEN AGAIN.

THIS IS NOT WHAT AMERICANS DO.

>> YES, THIS IS NOT WHATAMERICANS -- EXCEPT WE DID.

WE DON'T -- -- WE DON'T DO BUTWE -- LIKE WITH YOUR INTERNMENT

CAMPS OR WHAT DO YOU CALL ITTHERE -- SLAVERY -- AMERICA HAS

A HISTORY OF DOING A TREMENDOUSAMOUNT OF STUFF THAT WE DON'T

DO.

[LAUGHTER]WE ARE A MORAL PEOPLE IN

HINDSIGHT.

[ LAUGHTER ]BUT SINCE THE SENATE IS BRINGING

ENHANCED INTERROGATION ORFREEDOM QUIZZES UP,

[LAUGHTER]LET'S TAKE A STROLL DOWN THINGS

WE WOULD LIKE TO ERASE FROMOUR MEMORY LANE AND CHECK IN ON

HOW THE GENTLEMEN BEHIND THEENHANCED INTERROGATION PROGRAM

ARE DEALING WITH THEIR TWISTEDLEGACY.

I WAS A STRONG ADVOCATE OF HOWPUT TOGETHER THE ENHANCED

INTERROGATION PROGRAM.

SOME PEOPLE CALL IT TORTURE.

IT WASN'T TORTURE.

[LAUGHTER]>> IF IT WERE TORTURE I WOULD BE

A TERRIBLE PERSON AND -- BUT I'MNOT A TERRIBLE PERSON.

I'M LOVELY.

[ LAUGHTER ]I'M WARM, I'M ENGAGING, I'M THE

TOTAL PACKAGE.

[ LAUGHTER ]QUACK.

BY THE WAY THAT'S DICK CHENEYDENYING THAT HE TORTURED FROM A

ROOM THAT LOOKS LIKE A PLACEWHERE YOU WOULD TORTUREPEOPLE.

[LAUGHTER]PERHAPS DANK IS HIS COLOR.

[ LAUGHTER ]BUT I KNOW THAT MR. CHENEY SAYS

IT WASN'T TORTURE BUT THISREPORT MADE IT SEEM AWFUL

TORTURE-ISH.

>> THE REPORT ALSO REVEALS A NEWCASE OF ABUSE NEVER BEFORE

DISCLOSED. IN 2003A DETAINEE WAS TAKEN TO A C.I.A.

SECRET PRISON NEAR KABULWHERE HE WAS DUNKED

INTO A TUB OF ICE WATER, HELDFORCIBLY UNDER WATER AND

REPEATEDLY BEATEN.

>> SEE UH WE'RE HELPING HIM.

THE ICE WATER ACTS AS ANANTI-INFLAMMATORY

TO HELP THE BEATINGS HEAL.

[ LAUGHTER ]>> Jon: DOES THE VICE

PRESIDENT HAVE ANY REGRETS?

>> CHENEY WENT ON TO TELL THENEWSPAPER QUOTE, IF I WOULD

HAVE TO DO IT ALL OVERAGAIN, I WOULD.

THE RESULTS SPEAK FORTHEMSELVES.

>> Jon: HE'S LIKE THE WILFORDBRIMLEY OF TORTURE.

HI THIS, IS DICK CHENEY FORWATERBOARDING.

IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO.

[LAUGHTER]WE KNOW THE USE OF WORD TORTURE

IS DISPUTED BUT CHENEY SPEAKSABOUT RESULTS.

WHAT ABOUT THESE RESULTS?

>> THE C.I.A. DESCRIBED ITSPROGRAM REPEATEDLY BOTH TO THE

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ANDEVENTUALLY TO CONGRESS AS

GETTING UNIQUE OTHERWISEUNOBTAINABLE INTELLIGENCE

THAT HELPED DISRUPTTERRORIST PLOTS AND SAVE

THOUSANDS OF LIVES.WAS THAT ACTUALLY TRUE?

VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY SAID ITWAS TRUE SO I HAVE NO REASON TO

DOUBT IT WASN'T TRUE. I MEAN,

IF YOU CAN'T TRUST A MAN THATSHOT HIS OWN FRIEND IN THE FACE

BECAUSE HE THOUGHT HE WAS A BIRDI DON'T KNOW WHO --

>> THE ANSWER IS NO.

>> Jon: I'M SO NAIVE.

YOU GOT ME AGAIN.

YOU OLD FACE SHOOTING FELLA.

[ LAUGHTER ]ALL RIGHT.

SO VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY'SRESPONSE TO HIS ROLE, YOU LIKE

THAT?

VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY'S RESPONSETO HIS ROLE IN THIS SHAMEFUL

EPISODE OF AMERICAN HISTORY ISABJECT BLACK AND WHITE REALITY

DENIAL.

HOW DOES HIS COHORT DONALDRUMSFELD LIVE WITH HIMSELF,

I'M SORRY DEAL WITH IT.

LET'S FIND OUT IN A CLIPFROM THIS NEW

ERROL MORRIS DOCUMENTARYTHE UNKNOWN KNOWN.

>> WHAT ABOUT THESE SO-CALLEDTORTURE MEMOS?

>> THERE WERE WHAT?

THERE WERE ONE OR TWO OR THREE?

I DON'T KNOW THE NUMBER BUTTHERE WERE NOT ALL OF THESE

SO-CALLED MEMOS.

>> Jon: DO YOU SEE WHAT HEDID?

THROUGH SHEER SEMANTIC WILL THEMAN DEFLECTED THE QUESTION OF

WHETHER OR NOT WE TORTURED TOACCUSE HIS QUESTIONER OF THE

HIGHER CRIME: EXAGGERATION OF AMEMO COUNT.

AT LONG LAST ERROL MORRIS HAVEYOU NO SHAME?

I'M SORRY MR. RUMSFELD. YOU WEREMID TURD POLISH?

>> THEY WERE MISCHARACTERIZED ASTORTURE MEMOS AND THEY CAME NOT

OUT OF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATIONPER SE BUT OUT OF THE

U.S. DEPARTMENT OFJUSTICE BLESSED BY THE

ATTORNEY GENERL THE SENIOR LEGALOFFICIAL OF THE UNITED

STATES OF AMERICA HAVING BEENNOMINATED BY A PRESIDENT

AND CONFIRMED BY THE UNITEDSTATES SENATE OVERWHELMINGLY.

LITTLE DIFFERENT CAST I JUST PUTON IT THAN THE ONE YOU DID.

I'LL CHALK THAT ONE UP.

[ LAUGHTER ]>> Jon: MOMMY?

MOMMY, I DON'T WANT TO GO TOGRANDPA'S HE'S GOING TO DO THAT

FINGER THING AGAIN.

LOOK AT (bleep) PROUD HE IS OFHAVING PUT A LOT OF

DIFFERENT WORDS IN BETWEEN BUSHADMINISTRATION AND TORTURE WHILE

NOT IN ANY EXPLICIT WAYCHANGING THE MEANINGS OF THOSE

WORDS OR REFUTING THE CHARGE.BUT AS LONG AS YOU ARE

HAPPY, I'M HAPPY AND IASSUME THAT IS HAPPINESS AND NOT

HIS TEETH TRYING DESPERATELY TOESCAPE HIS FACE.

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