June 1st, 2009
02:39 PM ET
9 years ago

Cheney: no link between Saddam Hussein and Sept. 11 attacks

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday that he does 'not believe' and has 'never seen any evidence to confirm (Saddam Hussein) was involved in' the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday that he does 'not believe' and has 'never seen any evidence to confirm (Saddam Hussein) was involved in' the September 11, 2001 attacks.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday that he does "not believe" and has "never seen any evidence to confirm (Saddam Hussein) was involved in" the September 11, 2001 attacks.

He strongly defended the Bush administration's decision to invade Iraq, however, citing Hussein's previous decisions to support and provide "safe harbor" to terrorists.

Cheney, in an appearance at the National Press Club, said he is intent on speaking out in defense of the Bush administration's national security record because "a clear understanding of policies that worked (in protecting the United States) is essential."

Among other things, he called the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention center a "good facility ... if you are going to be engaged in a world conflict such as we are in terms of global war on terrorism. You know, if you don't have a place where you can hold these people the only other option is to kill them. And we don't operate that way."

He also reiterated his call for President Barack Obama to declassify documents detailing the results of so-called "enhanced interrogations" of high-value detainees.

Since Obama has already released memos detailing the interrogation methods, Cheney argued, it is important to share the results of those interrogations with the public as well.

On May 14, the CIA rejected the former vice president's request to declassify the documents. CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano, in a written statement, said the two documents are the subject of pending lawsuits and cannot therefore be declassified.

Cheney argued Monday that the memos previously released were also the subject of ongoing lawsuits. He said Obama can release the additional documents with "the stroke of a pen."

Cheney previously gave a full-throated defense of the Bush administration's "enhanced" interrogations of al Qaeda prisoners during an appearance at the conservative American Enterprise Institute on May 21.

He has argued that the interrogations saved the lives of "thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands." He called the techniques the Bush administration approved "legal, essential, justified, successful, and the right thing to do."

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soundoff (247 Responses)
  1. Schell in PA

    So when did Cheney change his mind on the Saddam-9/11 connection? Or is he just finally admitting he never believed it in the first place?

    June 1, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  2. Donovan

    Why are we listening to this treasonous criminal? What Bush and Cheney did was akin to MURDER. They should be charged with a count of Murder 1 for EVERY SINGLE LIFE LOST in Iraq.

    June 1, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  3. Jamie

    Dick, you said Iraq attacked us on 9/11. You are a liar. Gitmo is good? No, Dick, torturing people is not good. Manufacturing enemies is not good. Trials rigged to convict are not good. Domestic spying is not good. 4000+ dead Americans is not good. Thousands of wounded veterans is not good. Tens of thousands Iraqi dead is not good-nor is it "progress" as stated by your boss. Americans buying what you have to sell (torture, war, fear)-not good.

    June 1, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  4. Ted

    Brian wrote: In 2001 on Meet The Press Dick Cheney stated there was a link to Saddam and the 9/11 attack. I know because I was watching when he said it.
    You can continue with the name calling like a 5 year old child but it does not change the fact that Cheney is and was a liar and he relies on sheep like you to believe him.

    Here's what he really said on Meet the Press, from the Boston Globe, 9/16/03:

    But Cheney, on NBC's "Meet the Press," cited the report of the meeting as possible evidence of an Iraq-Al Qaeda link and said it was neither confirmed nor discredited, saying

    : "We've never been able to develop any more of that yet, either in terms of confirming it or discrediting it. We just don't know."

    June 1, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  5. Keith in CA

    If you want Cheney to shut up, formally charge him with war crimes. He will go onto hiding faster than he did on 9/11.

    June 1, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  6. fritzy

    "Senator Carl Levin, Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, stated that "The bottom line is that intelligence relating to the Iraq-al-Qaeda relationship was manipulated by high-ranking officials in the Department of Defense to support the administration's decision to invade Iraq. The inspector general's report is a devastating condemnation of inappropriate activities in the DOD policy office that helped take this nation to war."

    June 1, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  7. Malik

    Why did we go to Iraq?

    June 1, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  8. Billy Ray Valentine -- Capricorn

    Whenever Dick gets through with his remorse tour, the fact of the matter is Osama Bin Laden has never been captured.

    June 1, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  9. DLHanna

    You might be a Republican if you didn't figure that out already. Bush clearly stated that we went to get Saddam because "He tried to kill my dad."

    June 1, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. RBofLA09

    This man should rot in prison. GW Bush, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, Richard Pearle, Scooter Libby, and all them lying scum bags should be in prison. All the repugnantcans in office today who lie, twist the truth, hammer Pelosi and all the trash they do should be thrown out of office.

    Repugnantcans can seem to live without lying, twisting truth, discriminating against people, stoaking the fires of racial & sexual discrimination AND preferring environmental neglect for profits of big companies over our collective healthy future.

    These liars – these scum bags, these soulless, calculating war criminals are the most disgusting type of people out there. They are no better than, nor do they hold any moral advantage over the likes of KSM or OBL.

    June 1, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  11. K

    Is there not a single person who blogs on this web site who knows that The Hague has no jurisdiction over Americans? Does anyone know there is no such thing as "international law"? There only exists laws that are ratified by Congress and signed into law. Has our education system so vastly failed us that not a single person on this site understands how the government works? Please tell me you all didn't vote. But .. of course you did. You voted for Obama. Sad.

    Next time you call someone a "war criminal", I suggest looking up the definition, then looking up a valid law that was broken. Think a little.

    June 1, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  12. LoLo

    to Proud member party of no

    They did not find WMD or Terrorists. They lied. They are criminals and should be punished. They are all in a conspiracy. You are either stupid or just don't care that they sent innocent men and women to their deaths by lying. It was all about the oil. Once you finally admit to yourself that what they did was wrong you will feel better about yourself

    June 1, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  13. Hayden Zeke

    And his wife has never written a pornographic book.

    June 1, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  14. Pa Santigie

    The faster President Obama sums up enough courage and asks AG Holder to arrest this evil man along with his gang of unethical lawyers from the Dept. of Justice, the better of this country will be.
    But Obama's lack of courage in dealing with these criminals is what is emboldening this war criminal to come out and boast about war crimes, crimes against humanity and the willful killing and destruction of thousands of innocent lives of children in Iraq. Where is the break form the wretched Bush ways.

    June 1, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  15. Jon in CA

    @ Mike in NC says,

    "Jon in CA – YOU are the IDIOT lemming – defending the two biggest war criminals in history. Too bad you are a spinless coward else you might have been a casualty in Iraq.


    I guess it's the "in" thing to accuse, try, and convict people in the court of public opinion – without having evidence or cause for a REAL trial.

    Funny wasn't it Nancy Pelosi who said it's "off the table"??

    Two words for you mike: REAL COUNSELING.

    Get some, dude.

    June 1, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  16. nubia-ny

    hey Phoenix98,
    Whatever pal! This guy a war criminal and you know it! Get your head out of the sand. Don't tell me Obama is now to blame for the war too. You see that's whats wrong with so called conservatives like you, you too stupid to admit or seek the truth anymore. Just go back to your hollier God Rush L. (loser).

    June 1, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  17. Greg Pottstown Pa

    Hitler had nothing to do with the attack of pearl harbor but we still went after him.
    Can anyone site an example of anyone from the Bush admin claiming that sadam was responsible for 9/11?
    To all those that want to know why we went in to Iraq, Do the words harboring terrorists mean anything to you?
    For those same people. Why did we invade Europe in WWII? Any reason you name, the same reasons can be named for going to Iraq.

    June 1, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  18. Just Me

    Pa Santigie....you are an idiot

    June 1, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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