Students, protesting Cheney’s foreign policy, walked out as he was speaking at American University, calling him a “War Criminal” as they departed.
Video footage shows students walking out on Dick Cheney while he was speaking at American University in March of 2014. The students were protesting his foreign policy and calling him a “War criminal” as they left the arena.
As reported by American University’s The Eagle, the former vice-president denied allegations that he was a war criminal saying that “the accusation are not true.”
Cheney had previously denied using torture in a pre-talk interview with ATV, the student-run television station at American University, saying: “Some people called it torture. It wasn’t torture.”
Cheney told the crowd that during his vice-presidency three people had been waterboarded.
According to Cheney, the enhanced interrogation tactics used do not fall under the scope of the 1949 United Nations Geneva Convention, which outlaws cruel, inhuman or any degrading treatment or punishment because the Geneva Convention does not apply to unlawful combatants.
The Bush administration considered terrorists as unlawful combatants and considered those undergoing enhanced interrogation tactics as terrorists.
“If I would have to do it all over again, I would,” Cheney said. “The results speak for themselves.”
You can watch the video below, contributed by Alejandro Alvarez.
UPDATE, July 8, 2015: Former Judge for the International Court of Justice at the Hague tells Newsweek that he believes former Vice-President Dick Cheney should and will be tried before the tribunal at the Hague for war crimes. Considered by many the world’s most distinguished living specialist in international human rights law, Thomas Buergenthal served as Dean of the American University Washington College of Law from 1980 to 1985 before serving for ten years on the International Court of Justice.