May 29th, 2009
02:26 PM ET
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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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  1. Peoples Voice

    Cheney really thought the info on these memos would not get out. That's why he lied about what's on them. Way to go Senator. Let the truth ring loud and clear.

    Cheney needs to be telling his story to the jury judging him for war crimes.

    May 29, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. Randall, Georgia

    Sounds like Levin is the liar. RELEASE the documents! If you're telling the truth Levin, what's the problem?

    May 29, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. Diana NJ

    Most of us did not need Sam Levin to say Cheney is lying.. but it good he is speaking out. I wish more would speak out and the Press and Cable and Broad casting companies would STOP GIVING HIM AIR TIME!!!

    May 29, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. ObamaShrugged

    A Democrat claims Cheney lied. Rush claims Pelosi lied. Liberal moonbats hate George Bush. CNN is the master of the obvious.

    Where are the articles about Repub car dealers being term'd by BHO's car czar. Or the dismissal of the case v. New Black Panther party?

    May 29, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. liquidbread

    The fact that somepeople still have W or Bush Cheney stickers on their cars not only amazes me, but proves what an effective liar Cheney has been and continues to be. At one point, polls showed that 60% of Americans believed that Saddam Hussein was responsible for 9-11 – mostly due to the lies Cheney told in their run up to a war of choice that had nothing to do with 9-11. His lies and continuous politics of fear got Bush re-elected in 2004. It's about time that our elected offficials stood up to him in large numbers, call him out on his lies and deceptions, then appoint a special prosecuter to investigate his actions over the past 9 years! If the republicants can spend the time, effort and waste the money they did on the Clinton / Lewinsky affair, why can't democrats get the nerve to investigate something worthwhile to hold people acountable and prevent those abuses of power from ever happening again?

    May 29, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. Lori

    Isn't Cheney in jail yet?

    May 29, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  7. ANGIE

    We are NOT surprised. We all know he is a BIG liar.

    May 29, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  8. Kevin in Ohio

    Well, then PROVE IT Levin. Lets see the documents. Oh, that's right.... you and Obama only want half the story told. YOUR half. Liar.

    May 29, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. Jon in CA

    Come on Obama!! RELEASE THE DOCUMENTS!!!

    Where is the "Transparency" you promised??

    Why did you redact the released memo – removing the affirmation noted by your Secretary of Defense??

    All we hear are baseless allegations from Pelosi and now Levin – yet the PRESIDENT refuses to allow us all to see the TRUTH.

    Why????

    May 29, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. The Other Michael in Houston

    Thanks Captian Obvious, no way! Dick lied? Wow how suprised I am.

    May 29, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  11. Florida Joe

    DICK Cheney lied? Insert shock here................

    May 29, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  12. Fair is Fair

    Everyone wants the documents declassified. So do it! Someonw will be proven correct – someone will be proven incorrect. I mean really... this isn't very difficult, is it?

    May 29, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. Robin

    Easy way to solve this...

    Show the documents. Release them all.

    Obama can use that time to show his birth certificate too. Not that I care, but the fact that the man is going to spend over a million dollars to keep his birth certificate sealed peaks my interest.

    May 29, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. Operation Crush Rush

    Is anyone surprised?Even the paid street teamers on here are cracking up,wondering how to spin some new lies.Keep up the great work crushers,Rush is about to explode today.Just be sure to have an umbrella or rain coat handy,the flying fat could be toxic.hahahaha

    May 29, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. Republicans are the American Taliban

    What did Condoleezza Rice know...what did the CIA tell her? Why aren't the Republicans demanding an investigation about what she knows, and who told her? Until she can prove that she knew nothing, she is just as guilty....sound familiar?

    May 29, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  16. Brian in AZ

    Hey, Levin can't campaign in Detroit about the economic successes of Obamanomic socialism, so why wouldn't he take the easy way out and pump himself up against a person with a reputation like Cheney's?

    In fact, I'd be surprised if Levin WEREN'T trying to distract us from bad policies with bed personalities...

    May 29, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. Randolph Carter

    Michael wrote: 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

    Yeah, but it's a dry heat. Have a nice day!

    May 29, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. Pierre Changstien

    nice the see the democrat terrorist defense squad out in full force. remember folks, we are talking about the waterboarding of ONLY 3 senior alQaeda members, each of whom had a role in the 9/11 attacks.. that is all... 3 al Q members who particiapted in the murder of 3000 americans and made it clear they want to kill many, many more.. you freaks make it sound like cheney was rounding up liberals and waterboarding them. maybe we should be waterboarding you al Qaeda sympathizing traitors....

    May 29, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  19. Jean

    Lets see all the memo.

    We know how his game is played.

    May 29, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  20. nick

    I do believe Sen. Carl Levin, over Dick Chenet any day of the week. However, if there are any Republican Senators on the Armed Services Committe, this information coming from one of them would make a stronger statement . Why can´t one of them speak up? Are they waiting for Rush´s approval?

    May 29, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  21. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    The right question is: is waterboarding torture and thus a war crime? If waterboarding were so "effective" why did the Americans prosecute other people for applying it to American soldiers? Is international law only enforceable on weak countries?

    Disclassify the documents and let the truth come out if the democrates were not also envolved. Hypocrites!

    May 29, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  22. Matt M

    He can safely lie and say that, because he knows his boy, Obama won't release them.

    Typical lying democrat.

    May 29, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  23. Polar Bears Against Palen

    I hope Cheney has a massive heart attack today:)

    May 29, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  24. Ricky

    Cheney always was and still is a dirtbag who committed crimes against humanity.

    May 29, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  25. Paul Rocchetti

    I see that Bush is now repeating Cheneys lies

    May 29, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
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