May 29th, 2009
02:26 PM ET
6 years ago

Levin: Memos don't show what Cheney says they do

Democratic Sen. Carl Levin is challenging former Vice President Cheney's recent claims about the effectiveness of the Bush administration's use of harsh interrorgation techniques.
Democratic Sen. Carl Levin is challenging former Vice President Cheney's recent claims about the effectiveness of the Bush administration's use of harsh interrorgation techniques.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, says former Vice President Dick Cheney's claims - that classified CIA memos show enhanced interrogation techniques like waterboarding worked - are wrong.

Levin, speaking at the Foreign Policy Association's annual dinner on Wednesday, said an investigation by his committee into detainee abuse charges over the use of the techniques - now deemed torture by the Obama administration - "gives the lie to Mr. Cheney's claims."

The Michigan Democrat told the crowd that the two CIA documents that Cheney wants released "say nothing about numbers of lives saved, nor do the documents connect acquisition of valuable intelligence to the use of abusive techniques."

"I hope that the documents are declassified, so that people can judge for themselves what is fact, and what is fiction," he added.

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soundoff (329 Responses)
  1. MSH, Miami, FL

    Cheney lied. What, is that supposed to come as some big surprise?

    May 29, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Does anyone really expect anything other than falsehoods from Cheney?

    May 29, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. John W. Racine, WI

    So, Cheney lied?

    WOW, I am really so very, very shocked!

    May 29, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Lies! So what the hell was Bush talking about last night that the intelligence they gathered from torturing these detainees saved lives? They are living in a fantasy world and not the real one. They can't rewrite history. Their is no great legacy to be told about the Bush Regime 20-30 years from now.

    May 29, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. Chris

    OK Senator,

    Prove it, show us the documents! If you can prove that waterboarding doesn't work, why not encourage Obama to declassify the documents.

    May 29, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. Steve M Killeen, TX

    I would not believe DICK Cheney if he told me the sky was blue.

    May 29, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. gt

    i dont beleive either one of those hacks

    May 29, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. Scott Stodden

    This is why the Bush administration should be prosecuted and sent to prison for life, they took the law into there own hands, always went over the House & Senate's heads and thats wrong. I knew they were lying, thats all they've ever done, but then we should get rid of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi? Yeah right, these Republicans are just so outrages, Im proud and happy to be a Liberal Democrat

    Scott Stodden (Freeport, IL)

    May 29, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  9. INDEPENDENT

    Carl levin is a dirt bag, just look at Michigan Welfare as we know it

    May 29, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  10. Patrick

    Why are we even shocked that Bush and Cheney lie now after their failed administration?

    Liars during office and liars after office. . . .

    May 29, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  11. Dont blame me

    Only 1 way to solve this.

    SHOW ME THE DOCUMENTS!!!!!!!

    Otherwise I will assume that Levin is the liar.

    May 29, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. Dawn in Pa

    There you go... You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.

    The FBI interrogator used sugarless cookies and got very useful information. Waterboarding is torture, no ifs ands or buts...

    When out soldiers had this done, there were doctors there, and it can cause death. Cheney is evil, he and Bush lied to us. WMD's in Iraq where our focus should have been in Afghanistan to catch and kill Osama Bin Laden and to get rid of the Taliban, now they are in Pakistan and trying to take over that Country."

    May 29, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. Vicki Stein

    What the heavens is wrong with reporters these days?

    It should be "Michigan Democratic Senator," not Michigan "Democrat" Senator.

    May 29, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  14. Randolph Carter

    In other news, water is wet. Stay tuned for details. Have a nice day!

    May 29, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  15. Ruty

    Cheney needs to be investigated and punished. San Quinton sounds good to me.

    May 29, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  16. lynn in NM

    Of course, he says Cheney lied. Where was he when this was going on? Was he in the same briefing that Nancy was? Everything is the Bush administration's fault. No one says a word about the fact that if Billy Jeff had done what he was supposed to when we were attacked, none of this would have happened in the first place. However, "talking" fixed everything. Yeap, until we were bombed again.

    May 29, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  17. SHIRLEY -SDL

    Unless Cheney somehow has mistakenly requested the wrong documents (sarcasm), that means that he is the lier and the coward that he has always been. All we have to do is be patient, the truth will come out soon, then maybe he will go away and take lipbaugh with him forever. The truth really won't do anything for his daughter's political ambitions either, will it?

    May 29, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  18. Jim in San Jose

    Reminds me of the old Joke: How can you tell if a lawyer is lying? His lips are moving.

    Cheney has bamboozled himself, and his supporters, to believe that lies are the truth and that the truth is a lie.

    Our only hope is that he and Bush (the boob) will be brought up on war crimes charges.

    May 29, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  19. anon

    im tired of this subject. why dont we punish terrorist with the same methods we would an underage shoplifter? our government is overstepping its bounds and wasting a lot of time money and energy in so many areas right now. ok don't waterboard anymore, but leave the idiot alone its done, nothing is going to correct it. nothings gonna make it right. im afraid of where this is all going. I never thought the american people would stand by and watch its constitution be ignored and it foundation be dug up by its governing forces. but really what do you mean waterboarding doesnt work? you should try it sometime

    May 29, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  20. big papa

    Atta Boy Carl...

    ...you tell 'em...

    May 29, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  21. Cheney the Sith Lord

    These are not the documents you seek... *waves hand*

    Fooled again by the Jedi mind tricks? How can we take seriously a man who hid for 8 years from public view while he crafted much of what left the country in ruins today? And NOW he wants to come out and tell his story?

    May 29, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  22. How Dare Us

    The Hounorble Former VP Dick Cheney Lied!!! How could anyone say such a thing? For Gods Sakes he helped put this Country in Great Econmic Surplus and Defeated all our enemies ,, everyone on earth luvs us,, and not to mention his Charitable Former Haliburtun that got all the Contract Bids in Iraq to only do good for this country!!!

    He might not be VP anymore but he makes a great Candidate for Pope

    May 29, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  23. TangledThorns

    Oh Levin... where is your proof? Don't have any? No surprise.

    May 29, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  24. Michael

    Lies from Dick Cheney...why are we not surprised?
    Nothing new here.
    Revelation 21:8
    "But ... all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur."
    For the Bible-thumpers out there :)

    May 29, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  25. Alan in Marietta

    The exit sign in the picture of Cheney with the story is funny. He should us it.

    May 29, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
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