From NBC's Adam Verdugo
In an interview with MSNBC's Norah O'Donnell, Liz Cheney, a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State during the Bush administration, defended her father, saying that the harsh interrogation tactics yielded valuable intelligence and that the tactics didn't amount to torture.
"The tactics are not torture," she told O'Donnell. "The memos laid out the extent of exactly how far we could go before it would become torture, because it was important we not cross that line into torture."
Cheney added that the tactics outlined in the CIA memos are the same techniques are used on Americans for training purposes. "Everything that was done in this program, as has been laid out and described before, are tactics that our own people go through in SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Evasion) training," she said adding, "We did not torture our own people."
Liberal-leaning ThinkProgress, however, points out that in one of the memos, the Bush Justice Department acknowledged that the SERE training was a "very different" experience from what a detainee would experience. "SERE trainees know it is part of a training program, not a real-life interrogation regime, they presumably know it will last only a short time, and they presumably have assurances that they will not be significantly harmed by the training," the memo states.
Here's video of the interview:
Part 1 -- Liz Cheney defends her father's legacy
Part 2 -- Liz Cheney defends the ex-VP speaking out vs. President Obama
Part 3 -- Liz Cheney on future of Republican Party