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. Rob

    I wonder why, could it be that Cheney was right. When will people wake up and quit drolling over ol' bammer, he is ruining this country. I feel sorry for our troops to have serve uner this commander in chief, I wonder if they post a picture of him and throw darts on it, I would.

    May 14, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  2. dave from Lexington, MA

    I think Herr Chaney needs to be reminded that his title is FORMER Vice President.

    May 14, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  3. Cowboy in West Texas

    I have always believed that the more you say in defense of yourself the more you look guilty..........Cheney is proving me right! The best thing is to just stay quiet and let the accusers prove it. Cheney doesn't get it! He would be smart to just shut up and fade off into the sunset.........but he won't!

    May 14, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  4. Puff the Magic Dragon

    Doesnt DICK realize he is out of office now, he has no power or no pull, and his special requests are no longer relevant? Who does he think he is, God? Probably.

    May 14, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  5. Kwesoe

    The Master said; ' The gentleman understands what is moral.
    The smallman understands what is profitable.'

    Dick Cheney is a smallman!

    May 14, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  6. SILVIJO

    Dick Cheney is the biggest evil which is walking in human form on the face of this planet.

    May 14, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  7. no need to know

    Former Vice President Dick Cheney is a war criminal and should be prosecuted for his actions if this is a decent law abiding country. Everyone knows this but some are trying to find ways to to do justice. But every time Americans look around we are shown on television how other leaders are incarcerated, tried and convicted of war crimes. How can this country not follow in the path that it puts others in. If Dick Cheney and others are not prosecuted and tried then Americans need to try this country leaders in the courts and convict them. Dick Cheney is a war crime criminal!!

    May 14, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. A.P. Fremont, California

    I'm quite sure the Japanese saved Japanese lives while waterboarding American POW's during World War 2. However, it was irrelevant, the U.S. prosecuted Japanse officials for violating International law within the Geneva convention regulations. It was justified then, and it's justified now. The NATO Nations are mandated to follow those regulations. Let the George Bush legacy remain the hypocrisy it is.....instead denying responsibility and honor.........

    May 14, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    Key word: SUSPECTED.

    The farce has gone on long enough. The MSM needs to stop lending legitimacy to this kind of garbage from Cheney by failing to report that the memos Obama released are fgull of faulty , bad faith legal reasoning that amounts to nothing more than a rationalization for committing crimes against humanity. Grow a pair CNN.

    May 14, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. A.P. Fremont, California

    I'm quite sure the Japanese saved Japanese lives while waterboarding American POW's during World War 2. However, it was irrelevant, the U.S. prosecuted Japanese officials for violating International law within the Geneva convention regulations. It was justified then, and it's justified now. The NATO Nations are mandated to follow those regulations. Let the George Bush legacy remain the hypocrisy it is.....instead of denying responsibility and honor.........

    May 14, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  11. Goodbye

    A loser while in office. A bigger loser out of office. Go away Cheney. As a matter of fact go hunting with your conservative friends.

    May 14, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  12. Irfan Mian

    Hey Guys, I would like to have a word with "Dick" to let him know where exactly he stands doing interogation for hunting down his friend bringing out some valuable truth for this country, using the most advanced techniques. I promise you all that he will tell us what all he has been doing in his life...even he will tell you what he had been steeling from all of you.

    May 14, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  13. Karla

    DENIED! Now Cheney can crawl back under his rock! No more power for you, Cheney! Everyone take stock that his 15 minutes is now officially OVER!

    May 14, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  14. Irma in North Carolina

    Maybe this thug will go away now beings he didnt get his way. I sure glad that someone finally put this guy down

    May 14, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  15. Sharon Northern Virginia

    Cheney needs to go someplace and write a book

    May 14, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  16. Sorry Pilan

    My young child said that Mr. Chaney always looks grouchy!

    May 14, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  17. marcus

    the US government, especially the CIA, hiding documents, has ALWAYS been in the least interest of america. meet the new boss... same as the old boss...

    May 14, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  18. Simpliticus

    Facts, just the facts, ma'am! Dick Cheney would have been a horrible person giving depositions regarding the torture and related policies. 9/11 occurs and the results by the Bush administration is to go into Iraq because somehow Hussein is supposedly related to al Quaida in some fashion which waterboarding was to engender an answer which never came! It tells a despicable trail of deceit and obstruction so as to fill in details about lies and distrust with lies and more distrust. Please keep speaking, Mr. Cheney because the torment and disorder you brought to bear is filling over that cup which is running over with disgusting rancor! Mr. Cheney has sold this country's good faith down the drain of utter incivility!

    May 14, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  19. Joe in Austin

    Cheney makes Nixon look honest.

    May 14, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  20. Susan

    Cheney is more and more like a parody of himself. And whoever coined and/or subscribes to the terms "alternative" and "enhanced" to describe brutal and abusive interrogation techniques obviously thinks the American people are fools.

    May 14, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  21. Claude

    He is now a private citizen. He has no more authority to order the CIA to release these documents than I have.

    May 14, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  22. Ken

    Ouch!!! The CIA closed the door hard there! And it always hurts when *dick* gets caught in a closing door. LMAO at all you neo-nitwits out there, mindlessly worshiping the drivel spewed by the rightwing underbelly of this nation.

    May 14, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  23. Matt

    So Cheney thinks that the declassification of these documents puts us at risk when Obama does it under the auspices of transparency...but it's totally fine when they're declassified in a feeble attempt exonerate himself...got it.

    May 14, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  24. kay

    He seems to be more visible now than he ever was as Vice President.

    May 14, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  25. donttreadonme

    It seems Obama only declassified things that could implicate the Bush administration and not the documents that could show the possible benefits of the enhanced interrogations. This from a new administration that was committed to “looking forward” but, they are really spending a lot of time looking back. It is all smoke a mirrors to take the peoples minds off of the economy- that is actually getting worse despite the spending efforts.

    May 14, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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