May 14th, 2009
04:08 PM ET
5 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. GP

    Cheney is cementing his legacy as a hardball partisan. We have seen and heard more from him since he left office than we did during his eight years in office.

    His desire for transparency now is simply self serving.

    May 14, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. Sick of this for 8+ years

    Cheney, a classic sociopath, belongs in a lockdown psych ward, top floor, w/bars and drugs. Such a long list of devious, dangerous lies and high crimes, if not treason, by Bush & Co., sycophants all. Would somebody w/a sense of responsibility and integrity tell this idiot HE IS NOT running the country anymore??? Enough!

    May 14, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. W. Art

    What is Cheney's problem? Can't he find anything to keep him preoccupied other than stirring up trouble.

    Why didn't he have the information disclassified or whatever? He's trouble; he was trouble for the past 8 years and now he must be afraid his evil deeds are going to haunt him.

    May 14, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. Tony in Maine

    As Cheney knew they would thus giving him the best of all possible worlds – he can make up wild stories about saving Planet Earth by waterboarding an Arab and not fear that the CIA will blow up his story by releasing the truth.

    If reincarnation occurs – in a past life, Dick Cheney was Tomas de Torquemada.

    May 14, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  5. RH from Wisconsin

    Has this man lost his mind? Let it go Cheney, there's no way to justify abuse!

    May 14, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. Le Malin

    ...can we waterboard Dick Cheney?

    May 14, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. TERRI

    Amazingly he only requested 2 , the only 2 out of HUNDREDS that could back him up, if he wants the TRUTH ......... RELEASE them all , including TAPES and FILM , let us see what MR CHENEY approved and what sort of human he is ................

    May 14, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. Brian

    Please just go away. We don't care anymore. You are only making yourself look more pathetic. I transformed from a Republican to a Democrat because of you and your "transparency" during your administration regarding WMD's, Hurricanes, Justice Department Appointments, old men shot in the face, etc.

    You had your chance to run the country. I firmly believe that you planned all of the destruction you have caused with only profit in mind and God will judge you as such. As a guy with a heart condition, I'd be very worried about where I was going next.

    BTW: Those millions aren't coming with you.

    May 14, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. I used to like CNN but not anymore!

    AWW! Poor little " DICK "! Duz-ums need a tissue?

    May 14, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. tevis

    Little Hitler is foiled again.

    May 14, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  11. Aaron B.

    why can't the man who brought us "THE DARK SIDE" . . .
    just go stay there?

    May 14, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  12. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    this man should have learned how to swim way back ..he is back peddling way to fast and too often.

    he is all about protecting his ass and it isn't working even with the republicans

    May 14, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  13. Gary,TX

    "Remember Remember the 5th of November .. the gun powder treason and plot .. For I can think of no reason the 5th of November .. should ever be forgot"

    May 14, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. Neecy

    You have got to be kidding me. "A more honest debate" is he insane? OH! RIGHT HE IS. He is the last person to talk about honesty. Remember "WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION".

    May 14, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  15. Qui-Tam Relator

    ****************************************************************
    Bush and Cheney want to be honest, I laughed so hard when I read this I passed my kidney stone I've had for over a month now! Thanks you guys I no longer have to take the rest of my prescription of Oxycotin that my doctor gave me while this dam stone found it's way out of by body! I'll send the rest of
    the pills to Rush he will enjoy them they might even shut him up !
    ****************************************************************

    May 14, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  16. Dennis, Millbrae, CA

    Cheney is as big of a rogue out of office as he was while in office. There are lots of uses for duct tape and sealing his mouth with some is yet another good use.

    May 14, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  17. RM

    One word...CROOK

    May 14, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  18. D. Price

    It's time for Dick Cheney to step aside. We hear more from him now than when he was in office.

    May 14, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  19. CL OT

    I like how the Obama admin and the dems are backing away from this as fast as they can. I guess they are not as honest as they say they are.

    May 14, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  20. Jeff, TX

    Now Mr. Cheney will have to deal with nondisclosure of highly valuable information. Quite ironic.

    May 14, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  21. DavenP

    Perhaps someone should file suit against Cheney or perhaps the Justice department should indict him for abuse of power or perhaps the World Court could try him on war crimes. Then he should be able to look at those documents all he wants.

    Don't the ghosts of all of the innocent dead people floating around him bother him at all? Why should he care now that people think he is the incarnation of pure evil when he didn't care whilst in office??

    May 14, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  22. Eric

    If Dick Cheney wants an honest debate on the effectiveness of his favorite "interrogation methods", then he needs to also account for the number of terrorists that have joined their movement because of the interrogations and account for the number of American soldiers that have been killed by them.

    As Christ said "One measures the worth of the tree by the fruit it produces."

    May 14, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  23. David in Dallas

    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.

    Pity he didn't want that debate seven years ago.

    May 14, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  24. M Scarborough

    Dick Cheney gained my respect when he started an endowment at the University of Wyoming for students to travel abroad. Now if you're a UW student who wishes to study abroad, your travel is paid for. As a socially liberal, fiscally conservative ex-republican, I believe this man is the party's number three enemy, behind only Mr. Limbaugh and Sarah Palin, because of the games he played in office and continues to play now. It is impossible for Cheney to forget himself, like the majority of the country has been trying to do, so it seems to me he's trying to come to terms with his own conscience. To quote Dispatch– "Go now, you are forgiven" - and give the republicans back their party.

    May 14, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  25. Jason

    Isn't shooting someone in the face illegal? Man, Cheney gets away with everything...haha.

    May 14, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
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