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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  1. randy in AZ

    Poor Dick Cheney. He shoulda kept his own copy of the declassified documents. Then he could have leaked them out on his own.

    May 14, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. yso

    The only way to make Cheney and those who sanctioned torture understand what torture is to torture them.

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

    Debate? There is nothing to debate! It doesn't matter if it was efficacious, or not! That is not the question!

    The fact of the matter is that water-boarding is torture. Torture is a crime. In fact, it's a recognized war crime!

    Cheney might be wise to shut up now. I'm sure EVERYONE will want to hear his evidence, when he's called into court.

    In the meantime...why doesn't he just go back to his "undisclosed location"...and take his family with him!! Maybe he could go hunting again... And this time, take Bush with you!

    May 14, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  4. P Stevens

    It appears that only Dick Cheney is willing to make a stand on the torture debate. The funny thing is that he requests memo's to be released, but not the photographs showing what is being done to foreign POW's or perceived terrorists. Revealing these photographs would be- as Cheney's daughter put it -damaging to the troops and to America and it would aide the terrorists...
    So these people defend torture, but refuse the consequenses.
    It makes me think of Himmler, who ordered the deaths of millions,but got nauseous when inspecting the camps.

    May 14, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  5. RealityKing

    Honest debate? How unprogressive...

    May 14, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  6. Wild_Bill

    I find it ironic that Cheney – he of "executive power means we don't have to disclose anything" wants records released to further "honest debate"...

    May 14, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  7. President George Hussien Washington

    ohhhh goodness, Dick's a real Chaney: If you want an honest conversation, whose going to speak for you sir!

    May 14, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  8. grmpysmrf

    How come only NOW Cheney wants "Honest" debate? How come NOW he wants government transparency?
    I'd love 2 rounds with that America Hating DIRTBAG!!
    grmpysmrf

    May 14, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  9. Gop

    Gee, what were the odds that the CIA under the Obama administration would deny this.

    I believe anything that would show Bush did something right Obama will do all in his power to keep it concealed.

    However, if they had anything to show Bush was wrong, they would have it on the front page of CNN faster then the results of the American Idol contest.

    May 14, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  10. phoenix86

    Yeah, Obama is already twisting the past to suit political needs.

    May 14, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  11. Ft. Lauderdale Resident

    When this guy was vice president you never heard anything about him unless he was shooting dsome donor in the face. Now he can't keep his piehole shut. I wish he would roll over and die already!

    May 14, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  12. LT from Leesbur

    It's too bad the Agency won't release these docs. Had they chosen to do so, it would have opened the door for much more material to come to light regarding the relentless efforts on the part of Cheney and his henchmen to tie Iraq to 9/11 which has been proven to be a dream in the heads of the Bush Administration.

    May 14, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  13. Michael

    Nice trick, Dick: request the declassification of records that you know are the subject of a pending lawsuit knowing full well that they won't be declassified. There's nothing honest about your window dressing.

    Do the US a favor and retire into shamed obscurity like W did.

    May 14, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  14. Ann

    Why Cheney is more worried than Bush? Is everything happened without Bush knowledge?

    May 14, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  15. Jim

    I'm all for declassifying the documents that Cheney wants declassified, just as soon as we declassify all the information that Cheney doesn't want declassified, such as the details of all his secret meetings with oil company executives in connection with his "energy task force."

    May 14, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  16. vick

    this rat should go to jail now

    May 14, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  17. Ken from missouri

    This guy don't get it that him and george w took diown the republican
    party they made states switch parties after 30 years of voting republican I wish he would just go away and take his daughter with him because if they said the sky was blue who would believe them.
    NOBODY!!!

    May 14, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  18. David Newport, OR

    Whether the torture saved American lives is immaterial (which I am convinced time will show it did not)...it IS STILL TORTURE. We are America...we should not under any circumstance use torture.

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

    Dick Cheney wanting an honest debate? Really? Does he mean the type of honesty used in determining WMD's?

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

    Sound more like Cheney is looking for any information that may incriminate himself..................Bush went into the night with his mouth closed...........I bet he's wishing Cheney would shut the hell up.

    May 14, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  21. Phil

    Cheney threw the CIA under the proverbial bus and now they are running over him with theirs!

    It's called turnabout Dick!

    May 14, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  22. Alan

    This is an evil, bitter man hell-bent on self-destruction. The perfect example of what's wrong with today's Republican party. As a Democrat I wish I could say it makes me happy - but I want our country to get better and this simply isn't doing it. Two parties are necessary at minimum. But not when one is doing nothing but opposing the other with nothing but bitter accusations and slander.

    Hopefully a new party will spring forth and take the place of the Republicans. Then I can cheer as they continue to deteriorate.

    May 14, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  23. Ryan Cincinnati

    Will he please go away! Jail??????

    May 14, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  24. Chris

    OMG....can someone PLEASE PULL THE PLUG ON THIS IDIOT!!! I mean seriously, with all his constant bickering and crying one would think he was the former President? Hmmmm then again maybe that's why he is crying all over the place. I guess the rumors were true that the Dick and not the Bush was running the White House for the last 8 years!!!

    May 14, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  25. Adam Connecticut

    CNN, you fail. You and the rest of the media have allowed the accused to change our national dialog from whether or not waterboarding is torture and if it is legal to whether or not waterboarding produces good intelligence. The issue is not whether or not good information was produced, which by the way thanks for not adequately covering the fact that it does NOT work. Real journalists would get all over Dick Cheney for flip flopping and trying to justify torture rather than sticking with Bushco's original position that it was not torture in the first place. To my knowledge, you haven't even covered the fact that the guy who they got to give the fake Iraq/Al Queda connection through waterboarding mysteriously turned up dead recently. Newsflash for CNN, terrorists generally only commit suicide when they have the opportunity to take a bunch of people with them; not when they are about to be an important source of information for a potential prosecution on American politicians. Common sense tells you they would love to be part of that if they are already rotting in a prison anyway.

    May 14, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
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