June 1st, 2009
02:39 PM ET
5 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. Bubba

    Pretty lame apology – when's he going to mention he got thousands of people killed with his imaginary WMDs and the al-Qaeda connection? Lying, sick weirdo. He has no idea what real people are all about. I'd like to see him arrested and investigated thoroughly, and former Vice-president Bush ought to be charged as well.

    June 1, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  2. Steph

    Well, now he tells us! Back in 2004 he was busy telling all of us we were idiots if we didn't see, and I am quoting him directly here from an interview on CNBC's Capital Report..."There clearly was a relationship. It's been testified to. The evidence is overwhelming. It goes back to the early '90s. It involves a whole series of contacts, high-level contacts with Osama bin Laden and Iraqi intelligence officials."

    He is such a filthy liar! We should send him to Gitmo!

    June 1, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. Ken

    Sounds like they put Cheney on some new meds, and he's finally starting to wake up from his delusional fairytale. We'll know that he's more fully come out of his fog when he asks who was president from 2001-2009 and upon hearing the answer, responds "You've got to be sh-tting me!!!"

    June 1, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. Bethie in TX

    All of you defending this vile man, who ran a secretive "shadow government", can thank both Bush & Cheney for Obama's presidency. Don't forget to write thank you notes to McCain for picking Palin and to Palin for scaring us with her inability to speak coherent sentences.

    We reached the bottom of the barrel with the last administration and can only go up.

    June 1, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. Dawn in Pa

    That was the bases going to war with Iraq. Remember that Ol' fear factor, the mushroom cloud over the midwest. Wow... Cheney you are a War criminal, just like Nixon was when he invading Cambodia.

    If this was a Democrat I would say the same thing. So I am not nitpicking. Cheney is still stirring fear in the people. Do you think that the Intel is sleeping? I think not.

    June 1, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  6. Stop The Lies

    First, Cheney lied about September 11th, then he lied about weapons of mass destruction. He led the charge to invade Iraq. What are we to believe when he said his torture tactics saved thousands maybe hundreds of thousands of lives? What is most disgraceful is his daughter has now picked up the same banner. Give it a rest! Stop the lies!

    June 1, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  7. JPC

    Cheney looks evil!!!

    June 1, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  8. MavTex

    With all the Cheny flip-flops why isn't he being called before Congress to get his lies and mistatements "under oarth" so the presecutions can begin.

    I, for one, am dissappointed in Congress and the news media for not pushing this matter further. The lives of our soldiers and America's credibility is on the line, yet Congress and the media is treating this like an edisode of Inside Edition.

    WAKE UP people and demand JUSTICE!!!

    June 1, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  9. S M R

    Cheney is so confused. He forgets that they Invaded Iraq because of W.M.D. The terrorists were based out of Afganistan and we all knew that. You are a liar and a war profiteer. 75% of the American people have been victimized by your crooked Administration and we deserve the right to see you get investigated and procecuted for war crimes. Over 100,000 innocent Iraqs and near 5000 U.S troops died. So by what you say, you invaded Iraq for the harbouring terrorists. Am I correct? SO we should bomb your house because you are a terrorist. LETS GO!!!

    June 1, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  10. Matt

    People may not agree with Cheney, but at least we knew that he was going to strive to protect us. Obama is lowering our protection and running this country into the ground domestically and internationally.

    Obama may end up being Carter II.

    June 1, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  11. vegage

    When this man is going to disappear?

    June 1, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  12. Tee NC

    Thanks Captain DUH!

    June 1, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  13. Jon in CA

    You liberals are IDIOTS!!

    Seriously – you've been SO brainwashed by Michael Moore and the ranting loons on the left ... you ACTUALLY believe Bush/Cheney thought Saddam was directly tied to 9/11.

    Saddam was a madman who used chemical weapons on his own people. He was widely thought to have more WMDs and was seeking nuclear technology. Factoring in Saddam's DECADE of toying with UN inspectors and refusal to cooperate..... we took him out.

    Dear lord! Pravda is right... you ARE sheeple!

    June 1, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  14. JT

    Criminal slime.

    June 1, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  15. Lexie

    Dick Cheney is bold faced manipulater. He's one crazy idiot.

    June 1, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  16. Allison

    We're lucky that Cheney and Bush didn't start World War III. Two twits on a stick.

    June 1, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  17. Unhappy Dem

    Bush put us in Iraq for a personal vendetta and now obama is taking us down the road to being a socialistic welfare state to serve himself and his political backers.

    June 1, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  18. Ken

    There's a good reason why people like Mike live in Mississippi: it and Oklahoma are "bastions" of the old rightwing, a repository of morons and low people who gravitated to the [R] party. That any modern-day idiot would stand up and actually defend the likes of Cheney is a strong sign of mental or genetic desease.

    June 1, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  19. John, Rochester MN

    Classic. Tell one little tiny bit of truth to give more credence to the over-abundance of lies.

    June 1, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  20. Bethie in TX

    What evidence has been seen about 9/ll? Your administration, Mr. Cheney, did its very best to block any real investigation. Now we have conspiracy theories, and we're less safe because the truth is not known.

    It's almost as if Cheney is BEGGING or DARING) the Obama administration to do something about the lies he has perpetuated. Why doesn't Cheney make his case while speaking abroad in Europe? hmmmmmm......

    What I detest most in Cheney's personality is his arrogance and condescension–as if we dumb Americans have no clue and don't pay attention. How wrong he is.

    June 1, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  21. Steph

    He is clearly senile! Doesn't he know he is officially on record saying the exact opposite about Saddam and 9/11?!?!

    June 1, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  22. hurt

    no link...you got to be kidding me..

    June 1, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  23. Jefe

    "citing Hussein's previous decisions to support and provide "safe harbor" to terrorists."

    ...which always made me wonder why the Bush Administration never covered Belfast in White Phosphorous. The policy should have clearly stated, "we will wage war upon, at the cost of hundreds of billions of dollars, any nation who has terrorists in it, whether or not they pose a threat to the United States, as long as it has lots of oil in it."

    June 1, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  24. JM

    Funny. That is not what he or Bush said when they were stating their case for war.

    "...young, sharp, honest Republican..."

    Now that is an oxymoron if ever I saw one.

    June 1, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  25. Proud Republican

    *cricket noise*
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    June 1, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
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