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12/18/2014 04:49 pm ET Updated Dec 19, 2014

Glenn Greenwald Blasts Dick Cheney And President Obama On Torture

Glenn Greenwald responded to Dick Cheney's recent "Meet The Press" appearance on HuffPost Live on Thursday with a blistering critique that indicted both Cheney and President Obama.

"The reason why Dick Cheney is able to go on 'Meet The Press' instead of being where he should be -- which is in the dock at The Hague or in a federal prison -- is because President Obama and his administration made the decision not to prosecute any of the people who implemented this torture regime despite the fact that it was illegal and criminal," Greenwald said.

Cheney asserted in a Dec. 14 interview that torture "absolutely" worked and said he would do it again "in a minute." Greenwald told HuffPost Live's Alyona Minkovski that Obama is partially to blame for Cheney's controversial sentiment.

"When you send the signal, as the Obama administration did, that torture is not a crime that ought to be punished, it's just a policy dispute that you argue about on Sunday shows, of course it emboldens torturers like Dick Cheney to go around and say, 'What I did was absolutely right,'" Greenwald said.

Watch the full HuffPost Live conversation with Glenn Greenwald here.

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