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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  1. Kyle

    Bush and Cheney both need to be brought up on war crimes. The United States has to make this right with the rest of the world. These two clowns need to be brought to justice!!

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

    @ Samual B mindlessly says,

    "Cheney's been saying for years that Iraq was responsible for 9/11 and is on record numerous times as having said that."

    ---------–

    Show us ONE time Cheney said, "Saddam was responsible for 9/11."

    Give us the Source and Date of the article.

    FACT IS – you can't. Never did the Bush administration suggest Saddam was responsible for 9/11 – but you're too much of a brain-dead liberal to do your own thinking.

    June 1, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  3. Jill

    Dick Cheney sure loves to play GOD.

    June 1, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. kevincollins

    Ah, Mr. Five Deferments/Armchair Warmonger nonsensically spouts off again.

    June 1, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  5. Chester Drawers

    El Diablo

    June 1, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  6. ANGIE IN PA

    But I thought thats why he and Bush said we Need to Invade Iraq because of Saddams Link to Bin Laden and WMDS What a Piece of Garbage you are Dick!

    June 1, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  7. Tom Paine

    Cheney for president! Get this Obama idiot out of the WH.

    June 1, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  8. Ohio Citizen

    Hahahahaha! I can hardly wait to see the clips of Cheney insinuating just such a link. This must be Cheney's lame attempt at gaining credibility with the reasonable public.

    As for the "we don't operate that way", that's just another Cheney lie. We don't bu HE does.

    June 1, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  9. Peter Simpsonq

    Can someone please tell the GOP to find a new spokesperson already? We know he's helping the Dems by being on the air all the time, but weren't the last 8 years of misery enough? By the way, someone might want to tell him the Republicans got hammered in the last election becuase of him and his genius views.....just a thought.

    June 1, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. Jadie

    Cheney looks like the devil with the smirk of a snake.

    June 1, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  11. Troy from NJ

    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. If this is the case; Then Bush and Cheney should be held on War crimes. They told us all that we needed to go to war beacuse they had this evidendence, now he says he never saw any. The Press(becasue of your lack of reporting leading up to the war) and all those who aided Bush by giving him to authority for this war needs to apologize to all the families who have suffered because of this war.

    June 1, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  12. Eduardo

    He could have saved the lives of 4.301 American soldiers by NOT Invading Iraq.

    June 1, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  13. beachgirl

    OHHHHHH? OKK! now he decides to tell us the truth????

    hey Cheney.......we are not stupid like you............ WE KNEW THAT SINCE THE VERY BEGINNING you moron twisted mouth!

    By the way, YOU murder Saddam for nothing then eh!!!!!!!!!

    June 1, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  14. Frances

    Cheney thinks he's God.

    June 1, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  15. Robin in SC

    Let's see...Cheney worked in the Nixon administration, Sec of Defense for Daddy Bush, then VP. Hmmm...seems Saddam was simply unfinished business leftover from Daddy Bush and Cheney, then Cheney and GW decided to take care of it. This arrogance never ceases to amaze me.

    June 1, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  16. Isn't everyone smarter than a FOX NEWS spokesmodel?

    Rewrite history much? Your legacy is beyond repair. Back to your undisclosed location, criminal!

    June 1, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  17. Obama Victim

    WOW....

    CNN posts a picture of Cheney and you O'bots and liberal lemmings come running to spew hate.

    Meanwhile, Obama has nationalized the largest US car company, US banks, and insurance companies.

    Obama fired the CEO of a private corporation. He listens politiely to Latin American dictators as they trash our country, only to return and begin spending like a socialist dictator himself.

    Russian News PRAVDA – is the ONLY media outlet to accurately report the USA fast becoming USSA! What are the US media outlets doing? Looking for another puff-peice on Michelle Obama and her $24,000 date-night with Barry.

    June 1, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  18. Rob L.

    Hang the Dick by the head for treason against the United States of America!

    June 1, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  19. Alex

    Gee, that doesn't sound at all like the Dick from years past. He might think he can restate himself and we'll all forget what he actually said years ago, but YouTube never forgets.

    June 1, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  20. LiberalTexan

    If you must defend Bush (although I can't figure out for the life o me why anyone would want to) and his role in the Iraq war, fine. He is a moron and was a stooge. The real evil brains behind the death of American morality were Rove and Cheney. Obama should stop trying to shield them. There must be a full investigation and Cheney, Rove, Rumsfeld and the others who wittingly and baselessly led us into the Iraq debacle must be charged with treason. Let the American people decide their fate. God knows, Cheney (via Halliburton) has made enough blood money over the past nearly nine years to hire a good team of lawyers for himself and all of his conspirators.

    June 1, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  21. Steph

    Hey ray ray...

    http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/06/18/cheney.iraq.al.qaeda/

    June 1, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  22. J.Crobuzon

    Monday, June 14, 2004 – Cheney said there was a long-standing agreement between Iraq and al-Qaeda. Look it up.

    June 1, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  23. Dazed

    Its really big of Dick to come out and admit that there was no link, no matter how hard he tried to manufacture one. The problem I have is that he didnt admit this until it was far too late to mean anything. Nice and empty gesture.

    June 1, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  24. Reinstate Darwinism

    "legal, essential, justified, successful, and the right thing to do."

    Taking away freedoms is never the right thing to do.

    Torture is never the right thing to do.

    Lying/misleading is never the right thing to do.

    Pushing legistlation that allows you to legally do these things is not only not the right thing to do it cemented your place in history as possibly one of the most corrupt, ignorant, brainwashed, self serving, egomaniacle facade of administrations in American history.

    The road to hell is paved with good intentions Mr. Cheney and you're one hell of a brick layer.

    The united states is a democracy and you need to start respecting other peoples opinions and rights and the document that allows them to have those opinions and rights.

    June 1, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  25. craig from washington

    Cheney says there was no connection between Saddam Hussein and 9/11, and yet he implied there WAS a connection during a number of campaign speeches in 2004. Was he just trying to shake a little more money out of the party faithful?

    June 1, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
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