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Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 08/24/2011

Cheney says his memoir will rock Washington

Former vice president Dick Cheney told NBC’s Dateline that his memoir will be so candid “there are gonna be heads exploding all over Washington.’’

In the book, which will be released next week, Cheney reveals that he kept a secret resignation letter locked away in a safe to be hauled out in case his health failed and he became incapacitated.

He said he prepared the letter for a couple reasons. “One was my own health situation,” he told NBC’s Jamie Gangel in an interview that will air on Aug. 29, the night before publication of “In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir.” “The possibility that I might have a heart attack or a stroke that would be incapacitating. And there is no mechanism for getting rid of a vice president who can’t function.’’

Cheney stood staunchly by his decision to use enhanced interrogation techniques, including waterboarding. “I would strongly support using it again if we had a high value detainee and that was the only way we could get him to talk,’’ he said.

In the interview, Gangel told the former vice president: “This book is gonna make a lot of people angry.”

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