Former US vice president Dick Cheney has defended the use of 'torture' methods on terror detainees during the George W. Bush administration.
In an interview with North Dakota radio on Thursday, Cheney also rejected President Barack Obama's statement that interrogators may not have needed to resort to torture.
"I don't believe that's true," Cheney said. "That assumes that we didn't try other ways, and in fact we did. We resorted, for example, to waterboarding, which is the source of much of the controversy, with only three individuals."
"In those cases, it was only after we'd gone through all the other steps of the process. The way the whole program was set up was very careful, to use other methods and only to resort to the enhanced techniques in those special circumstances."