May 14th, 2009
04:08 PM ET
6 years ago

CIA denies Cheney request on interrogations

Dick Cheney asked for classified CIA documents to be released.
Dick Cheney asked for classified CIA documents to be released.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The CIA rejected former Vice President Dick Cheney's request to declassify records of abusive interrogations of suspected terrorists, a spokesman for the spy agency said Thursday.

In a written statement, CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano said the two documents Cheney requested are the subject of a pending lawsuit and cannot be declassified.

Cheney has said he wants the documents released so there can be a more "honest debate" on the Bush administration's approval of "alternative" interrogation techniques against suspected terrorists. He argued that those techniques provided valuable intelligence that saved American lives, but critics say they amounted to the illegal torture of prisoners in U.S. custody.


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soundoff (319 Responses)
  1. Chris ~ Albany, NY

    What ya got so say now, Dick!

    May 14, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  2. Chris ~ Albany, NY

    What ya got to say now, Dick!

    May 14, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  3. Tulsa

    DICK,
    Your tortured legal opinions on torture were wrong.
    Your attempts to cover your tracks are failing.
    You masterminded the dirty Iraq war and decided to make our CIA torture prisoners.
    You will be brought to justice.

    May 14, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. Obama Victim

    isn't the C I A director one of Obummer's mafia..................wonder why they are afraid of the truth??

    May 14, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  5. Mike from Tacoma

    The means do NOT justify the End Result... PERIOD.

    You start to justify torture's end result, and torture will soon be used by your local Police...

    May 14, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  6. laurence

    will someone hand 'chenney' a shovel already...it'll be faster and a lot less humiliating than digging with his hands. i never thought that watching a former vice president slowly burn in a heap could be so dreadful. 'torture gate' will be the end of him.

    May 14, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  7. hongli

    It's good to see that the CIA is standing up to this notorious criminal who should be tried with his buddies for war crimes/torture and if found guilty should be given the death penalty by way of the electric chair.

    May 14, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Knock Knock! Who's there? The Justice Department. We have a warrant for the arrest of Richard "Dick" Cheney.

    You can't have everything your way Dick. I believe that YOU authorized the torture and didn't disclose all the facts to President Bush. I think you undermined President Bushs' authority. And if you did, that's the equivalent of a coup de' tat. You're in hot water now Cheney.

    May 14, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  9. Republicans are the American Taliban

    Always demand what you know can't be given to you, then complain that there is a conspiracy...right DICK? Making public statements that are reported in the paper, then quoting the paper to support your claims. If waterboarding became such a wealth of information...where is Osama Bin Laden? Where are the imaginary WMD's?

    May 14, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  10. G

    We need to stop trying to release classified information and pictures about this subject. Most of what happened was clearly NOT torture, waterboarding is borderline at best, rendition under Clinton was likely clear torture. War and terrorism sucks and I don't like torture but winning is everything! The Bush administration kept us safe and I'm willing to let this go. Lets move on! Heck lets moveon.org! lol.

    May 14, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  11. Alex

    Even without the documents public, it's clear that torture never saves lives... Let's get some war crimes trials going!

    May 14, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  12. Jake

    Cheney. Bitter much?

    May 14, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  13. G

    We need to stop trying to release classified information and pictures about this subject. Most of what happened was clearly NOT torture, waterboarding is borderline at best, rendition under Clinton was likely clear torture. War and terrorism sucks and I don't like torture but winning is everything! The Bush administration kept us safe and I'm willing to let this go. Lets move on! Heck lets moveon.org! lol.

    PS – It is clear that Nancy Pelosi knew about waterboarding and even torture under the rendition program under the Clinton administration. Hopefully, now she can let this go too before she gets herself into legal trouble!

    PS#2 – also President Obama, if you catch Osama bin Ladin you can torture him a little bit to if you want (but just a little, okay alot but don't tell anyone! hehehe)

    May 14, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  14. Scott the Independent

    As Cheney knew they would. It was never expected that the request documents would be released. it takes months just to get a court docket number so he tried one more bit of deception on the nation. Just a big white lie.

    May 14, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    What debate . . . ?

    Perhaps all of you conservative christians including Dick Cheney, would be so kind as to justify to me how MY "personal" safety (or the personal safety of anyone for that matter) is on a higher level than that of Christ, who, if my biblical teachings are correct, willingly allowed himself to be tortured irregardless of his own personal safety?

    May 14, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  16. brian, biloxi, ms

    former vice dick cheney is trying to "COVER HIS ASSETS", plain and simple.He was at the helm of one of the most abusive, thugged out adminisration in this countries history. You can rest assure, his former boss knows all about this "CYA" stategy. TO congress, it's time to show that this country is a country of laws and everyone, everyone should abide by them. If there arrogance was so noted publicly, imagine what we will find behind closed doors...grows some cashiers democrats!!!!!

    May 14, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  17. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I don't see how Cheney's daughter, Lynn, could ever step up on his behalf. He didn't step up for her when he was asked about her lesbian relationship, he said "I don't want to talk about that". When you can't support your family it tells a lot about your character.

    May 14, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  18. LIP

    It only seems fair that if President Obama can reveal certain documents due to ACLU requests, then Cheney should be given equal rights to reveal the results of interrogation methods. Meanwhile, could we waterboard Nancy (still in denial) Pelosi to get the truth out of her?

    May 14, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  19. Smarty

    He sure is running scared. Maybe the stroke that caused his twisted smirk also did something to his brain. I doubt that he will ever receive the level of justice he is obviously fearing.

    May 14, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  20. carlo

    Cheney used to be Sec. of Defense under Pres. HW Bush, who ran the CIA before becoming VP under Reagan. Does anyone think he didn't know that his request would be denied?

    Cheney isn't nearly as slick as he'd like us to believe.

    May 14, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  21. rom, Boston

    This is getting more and more ridiculous
    Why this old fart is not going away for the sake of the country?
    You were given 8 years and you screwed things up now it's time to try something regardless how the result will look like ...
    So shut up and go away for good

    May 14, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  22. Billy Ray Valentine

    Waterboard him!!!!!!!!!!

    May 14, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  23. reggie

    In time, they will be released and Cheney will be proven right.

    May 14, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  24. Jayden,FL

    For 8 years he was hiding behind the Bushes... now he's all over the place Go away Cheney

    May 14, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    "Honest debate" ? ! ? !
    Involving the Bush Administration?!?!?!?! Are you kidding, that's the single biggest oxymoron of all-time when referring anything in relation to the Bush Administration!!!!!!!!

    May 14, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
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