May 12th, 2009
10:53 PM ET
6 years ago

Liz Cheney suggests Obama 'siding with terrorists'

Liz Cheney joined her parents on a trip to the Middle East in March 2008.
Liz Cheney joined her parents on a trip to the Middle East in March 2008.

(CNN) - Liz Cheney is picking up where her father left off when it comes to taking aim at the Obama administration, saying Tuesday the new commander-in-chief appears to be siding with terrorists.

In an interview on Fox News, the daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney sharply criticized the new administration for agreeing to release photographs depicting alleged abuses at U.S. prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan during the Bush administration.

"I think it is really appalling that the administration is taking this step," she said in the interview. "Clearly what they are doing is releasing images that show American military men and woman in a very negative light."

"I have heard from families of service members from families of 9/11 victims this question about when did it become so fashionable for us to side, really, with the terrorists," she continued. "You know, President Obama has a lot of rhetoric about support for American military families, support for our men and women who are fighting for us overseas. But if he really cares about them, then he wouldn't be making such an effort to release photos that show them in a negative light."

Late last month, Pentagon officials said the hundreds of photographs released are from more than 60 criminal investigations from 2001 to 2006, and show military personnel allegedly abusing detainees. But the officials rejected allegations by the American Civil Liberties Union that the photos show a systemic pattern of abuse by the military.

In her interview Monday, Cheney also echoed recent calls from her father for the Obama administration to release classified documents detailing information yielded from the aggressive interrogation techniques since denounced by the president.

"They seem only to be interested in releasing things that really paint American in a negative light and don't give the American people a full picture of what went on," she said.


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  1. Lysh

    The only thing that's appalling about this is the fact that DICK CHENEY'S DAUGHTER has the gall to mention the words, "supporting the American military families". The psychological stress that our troops have been forced to endure because of her father's policies is unconscionable. Seriously, how does this family sleep at night knowing the suicide rate among soldiers are so high? Knowing that military families have been destroyed because of Dick Cheney? Knowing how many have died, and how many have sustained psychological and physical injuries they will never recover from? This woman must truly live in a bubble.

    May 12, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. C Spurgeon

    I think this woman has only worked for either her father or the Bush Administration. Wouldn't it be nice for all to be that fortunate...and now she insults the new admin as well as the american people in general. I loved my father very much also but I didn't blindly follow him wherever he led. My father had morals and ethics and hers does not. Does anyone one really care what this family thinks?

    May 12, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  3. shucks

    I am convinced that these people are evil. They realize that they are so guilty of war crimes that had it not been the USA who perpetrated all of these war atrocities, that they would be in jail, or the world courts would be prosecuting them for war crimes. The guilty always try to divert attention away from themselves and blame anyone they can so that they look like victims, or above reproach. She just needs to keep her mouth shut along with her war criminal husband Dickey.

    May 12, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  4. Brandon from WI

    The first thing you need to do to stop evil is to bring it to the light. Like child molesters, people that commit evil want it hidden. If Ms. Cheney has a problem with this "negative light" she should speak to the person that authorized it not the ones that bring it out to the public. Her statement itself reveals that she knows that what her father did was wrong.

    May 12, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  5. Patty

    What do you expect her to say? The Apple does not fall far from the tree. I never heard her speak out before. Where have you been Liz?

    May 12, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  6. Mississippi Mike

    Duh. What took her so long to figure it out? He is against torturing them, keeping them in prison, killing them on the battlefield, stopping them from entering the country, and spreading their hate through the media. He's as friendly with Palestine as can be, bowed to the king of Saudia Arabia, is friends with Bill Ayers, won't let his administration use the term "terrorist" and was indoctorinated into Islam as a child.

    Put all of that together and you've got someone who sides with terrorists. If you haven't figured out where his loyalties are yet, pay close attention and it becomes horridly clear.

    May 12, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  7. windfall

    showing servicemen and women "in a bad light"? honey, the wonderful service people of the US are following orders. if they're putting anyone in a bad light, it's your dispicable father and his cronies.

    shame on you. don't you know your father is a nasty, bitter old criminal?

    May 12, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  8. Susan L.

    Anything involving any idiotic Cheney needs a laugh-track. All I can think of with yet another disengenuous and incredibly stupid defense of torture from a Cheney-family member is laughter. As in laughing at them, not with them. I don't think they'd know how to laugh or even crack a smile that wasn't tinged with evil.

    May 12, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  9. NVa Native

    The "Hate America" crowd are the Cheneys. They hate us for our freedoms, our science, and the fact that we rely on truth and logic.
    We see through their lies and hatred for all that is American.
    Fear is not an American value.

    May 12, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  10. Lizzy "The Tizzy" Cheney

    Daddy is not a war criminal! He's not he's not HE'S NOT!!!!!! Bad Obama for showing pictures of the things my daddy ordered! Obama is a terrorist socialist commie nazi America-hating traitor!!! Anyone who doe not agree with daddy is a terrorist socialist commie nazi America-hating traitor!!!

    It's not torture; it's enhanced interrogation! And in school I used a lot of enhanced test-taking techniques, but because I use those words, it's not cheating. Daddy taught me that.

    May 12, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  11. A little sad

    "In her interview Monday, Cheney also echoed recent calls from her father for the Obama administration to release classified documents detailing information yielded from the aggressive interrogation techniques since denounced by the president. "

    If Cheney wanted these documents released, he should have released them under his own watch. This is a red herring.

    The Cheney Traitor Cabal marches on. however. Details like the facts have no relevance to them.

    May 12, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  12. Gimee A. Breyk

    It is rather odd the 'Good Cop/Bad Cop" roles being played by the same indvidual. Unfortunately, that causes me to not understand our leader because one never knows exactly what is being said from the heart, the brain or to create some environment in order to pave the way for some action. Too bad, every time I think I have not given him a break and I start to listen he changes on me. However that is, I agree, give the good information with the bad so we can make an informed decision rather than be forced to make a decision in a lopsided vacuum.

    May 12, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  13. I can see Canada from my house!

    Full picture? We never got a full picture of what was going on when Bush/Cheney ran things. It is hypocritcal in the extreme for anyone to accuse the President of not painting a full picture when the previous adminstration cherry-picked intelligence to cobble together a picture of threat we never knew existed.

    Perhaps Ms Cheney needs to talk to me: my nephew is going to Afghanistan to deal with the incompetence her father helped to inflict on us. I am not siding with terrorists when I say I want the truth, I just want the lying to stop. Is taking responsibility for the truth un-American, Ms Cheny? If it is, then I will gladly do so, and you can live in a world populated by your dad's fantasies.

    May 12, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. dave

    Remember when you criticized Bush and Cheney when they were in office and the canned and immediate response was "Why do you hate America?"
    Why do Cheney, his ignorant daughter, and the entire Republican Party hate America now. Why do they not support their President. They are simply traitors.

    May 12, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. Will

    Dick Cheney is a terrorist and a monster among other things. We all know that independent contractors were behind the incredibly bizarre and cruel treatment of prisoners. Dick and George are responsible for outsourcing this very unnecessary war in Iraq to corporate criminals. They are the ones who made our military look bad. My father was an interrogator in Viet Nam and was absolutely appalled at the treatment and torture of these prisoners of war. When will the Republican party regain their dignity? I don't care to much to find out but allowing ANYONE from the last administration to voice their fear mongering is not helping their cause. We are informed and not afraid.

    May 12, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. Pam

    If only Liz and her father (tin can man) would go away!!! Does anyone care what they think??? Is this a diversion from all the unlawful acts the Bush admin conducted with Cheney leading the corruption??

    May 12, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. Cleaning up after W

    So, she's not saying that it's wrong to torture prisoners. She's saying that it's wrong to tell the truth about it. Why am I not surprised, considering the same cold Darth Cheney blood flows through her veins. "Liz, I am your father!"

    May 12, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  18. Felicia

    liz cheney, and her father are getting on my dang nerves. why don't they just go away. we all know they don't like my President ok finnnee!!!! but leave him alone.

    May 12, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  19. Sean

    Who in their right mind wants to hear what any Cheney has to say. He will go down in history as being a central part of the worst administration ever. There's no changing that. They are against the release of those photos because they were in charge when this nonsense was going on. Dick and Bush outta be cell mates together. They are an embarrassment to the American people. They represent a nasty draconian past. Remember something Cheney, you were in charge and put those soldiers in that position. You are the blame.

    May 12, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  20. Afrikka

    So we just hide our culpability? We have a standard of conduct that we can be proud to live up to. When we don't we shouldn't be ashamed to say some of our service people didn't get it right. I am a patriot and I am proud that our President isn't afraid to face up to our failures and try to ensure that we behave differently in the future. We don't beat the enemy or win hearts and minds by behaving in a way that's similar to them.

    May 12, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  21. Billy Ray Valentine

    "They seem only to be interested in releasing things that really paint American in a negative light and don't give the American people a full picture of what went on,"

    I know she's a little biased, but that's exactly what happened the past 8 years.

    May 12, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  22. Len in Washington

    Another fine example of "Cheney Rhetoric – 101"

    Could it be that they both know that the documents they want released can NOT be released for National Security reasons and that by continuing to insist that they be released it is their hope that it will make Obama and the entire Administration "appear" to be "choosing" not to release them?

    Cheney is guilty as hell here and he's trying to "rebuild" his legacy from the ground up.

    Well....it ain't workin' Jerklips! Now just go retire somewhere. We're tired of all your crap!

    May 12, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  23. Expat American

    The Republicans could say that every single Muslim in the world is a terrorist and that would be argument enough for the red sweatshirt Palin Mob of Christian bigots and conservative isolationists; who wouldn't know any better.

    May 12, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  24. lucy2

    Perhaps if Ms. Cheney's father hadn't permitted and probably encouraged the illegal interrogation techniques, there would be no photos to be released. Releasing these photos is not casting a bad light on the service men and women, but on those who gave them their orders. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, etc.
    This is ridiculous – like setting a house on fire and then blaming the firefighter for telling people it was arson.

    May 12, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  25. OldUncleTom

    Maybe its just me, but it gets easier to see Dick Cheney as American as Charlie Manson. If you recall, a lot of people blindly followed Charlie off a cliff too.
    I'd like to see this issue make it into the court system, for the good of the country's reputation, whether any convictions result or not. It is the process that is important, the "rule of law".

    May 12, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
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