July 12th, 2009
01:47 PM ET
5 years ago

Senator: Cheney and alleged secret CIA program 'a problem'

Former Vice President Dick Cheney reportedly ordered the CIA to withhold information about counterterrorism.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney reportedly ordered the CIA to withhold information about counterterrorism.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - CIA Director Leon Panetta testified to a congressional committee that he was told former Vice President Dick Cheney ordered the intelligence agency to withhold information about a secret counterterrorism program from Congress, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Sunday.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, told the "FOX News Sunday" program that Panetta testified that "he was told that the vice president had ordered that the program not be briefed to the Congress."

"I think this is a problem, obviously," Feinstein said, adding that the law requires full disclosure of such operations to Congress.

The disclosure by Panetta to both the Senate and House intelligence committees about Cheney's involvement was first reported in The New York Times. Efforts to contact Cheney for reaction were unsuccessful.

CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano declined to comment on the report.

"It's not agency practice to discuss what may or may not have been said in a classified briefing," Gimigliano said. "When a CIA unit brought this matter to Director Panetta's attention, it was with the recommendation that it be shared with Congress. That was also his view, and he took swift, decisive action to put it into effect."

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  1. Dominic

    What dick lied??? Like this is news.I am glad however he is getting caught and I hope to God he is tried and put in prison. Hes a traitor to this country!!!!

    July 12, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  2. Al Bluengreenenbrownenburger

    Time to pay the piper, Dick!

    July 12, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. B.H.

    If the Justice Department lets Cheney get away without a complete investigation, we will be inviting future Cheneys in our future. This guy has been the Kingpin of most of our grief the last eight years!

    July 12, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  4. Mary

    Can Cheney be tried for his role as vice-president? The man is a loose cannon and was an extreme danger to this country while he was in office. This new information is just one more example of just who was really running our country while Mr. Bush was President.

    July 12, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  5. pat c

    cheney should be prosecuted and made an example out of to other nations showing that america is better than the evil doers of the bush administration. history will show this and by releasing this ugly information will show the world that america is not trying to hide this crime but clean up the evil. we then can lead by the example that our president is talking to the world about. we need to be cleansed 100% of the bush era so that we americans can start to heal and take our country forward.

    July 12, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    Hmmmm – Shooter secretive? Say it ain't so – ha ha ha ha ha

    July 12, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  7. T Mckinley

    What? Dick Cheney was behind this? Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

    July 12, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  8. manny

    people mysteriously died
    people mysteriously got fired from the CIA
    people mysteriously got fired from the dept of justice

    lawyers became policy makers
    fiction were presented as fact for iraq invasion to congress
    CIA agent was outed

    are we brain-dead in this country?

    July 12, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  9. gnomepark

    I was embarrassed to call him my vice president. He always has had this Richard Nixon thing goin' for him.

    July 12, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Cheney is a traitor and clearly needs to be prosecuted.

    July 12, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  11. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Dick Cheney makes Richard Nixon look like a boy scout! He's a lying arrogant piece of work and I'm glad that all of his wrongdoings are coming to light!

    July 12, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  12. Jim in Fllorida

    Panetta "was told"

    By whom? We have the right to know that don't we?

    I was told Obama is an idiot. Does that make it true?

    Holder is going to go after the last administration on interrogation techniques.

    Look for more of the same by the Obama Administration and the Dem Congress as both their poll numbers start to go south. It's what they will do in an attempt to deflect attention tot hwe hole they keep digging deeper for America.

    I have said all along Obama will fiddle while America burns.

    Wait and watch.

    July 12, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  13. Marry

    Typical Cheney! The nerve this man has to criticize the administration today! He did pull the strings! So glad that chapter is over! But, better not to forget…

    July 12, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  14. annie for Palin

    Why would anyone or organization give this idiotic congress any confidential information? They already do not have a clue as to what and or how they are doing anything so why would you want them to have privey to any confidential info?

    July 12, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  15. This is just an Obama ploy.....

    to take people's minds off the facts that they don't have jobs and are being evicted from their homes....

    It won't work Barack...try something else...

    July 12, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  16. The Party of NO stood calmly by for 8 year while the shrub raped and pillaged America, so, why would we listen to you now?

    I always said after 2000, America does have a "royal family" bush certainly acted as though he was king and was the coronation was sanctioned by the Supreme Court..

    Dick was obviously the communist-in-chief.

    I only hope we keep the next in line Jeb Bush from the "throne".

    July 12, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  17. Charlie

    Cheeney should be prosecuted.

    July 12, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. Gaston

    This situation involving the former VP needs to be looked into by a "special prosecutor". The former VP decision to violate the Constitution is a major violation of federal law & charges should be brought.

    July 12, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. Wes

    Was Dick Cheney actually the one leading this country for eight years?

    Was the Bush just a prop?

    Unbelievable.

    July 12, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  20. jerry

    When is the Justice Department going to do their job and start putting Cheney, Bush, Rove and their cronies in jail for lying and misleading the American people for eight years.

    July 12, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  21. Dennis

    Interpreted from the letter of the law, I don't really see a problem with what the VP may or may not have done. Under current rules, Pres. Nixon would have been covered for breaking into the Watergate. So why gripe about what is and has been? Repeal the Patriot Act and let's all get back to enjoying our freedom. If we're going to slam the former administration for it's failures, let's start with their absolute failure to secure the borders and all the illegal immigrants that continue to take advantage of that every day. It's not like the Obama administration has gained any ground in that effort–and they probably won't because illegal aliens are big business in Washington DC. We've all come to a place where corrupt politicians aren't newsworthy–corruption at the Federal level and marriage to the major news networks is Business as Usual.

    July 12, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  22. Gary

    Distraction from the FACTS.

    Pelosi was briefed on the interrogation tactics.
    Pelosi did NOT object to the interrogation tactics.
    Pelosi owes the CIA an apology.
    California needs a new representative.

    Separately, if this separate issue is coming up then confidential investigation by an independent prosecutor would be fine but....
    THIS DOES NOT CHANGE THE FACT THAT NANCY PELOSI WAS WRONG!!!!!

    July 12, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  23. Fla.

    Secrecy & failed policies from the Cheney/Bush regime will take YEARS to fix. Unfortunately, it was a reprehensible injustice & mess they imposed on our great country.

    Doesn't this also add credibility to Speaker Pelosi's assertion regarding the CIA withholding information under Cheney/Bush?

    Many Americans don't blame the CIA department in general as much as they want to see those at the top held accountable once and for all–Cheney, Tenet, Rumsfeld, etc.

    July 12, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  24. linell, Winter Park, FL

    And this is a surprise because?

    July 12, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. No Hillary = No Obama

    Everytime I see Cheney's pose, I think of that phrase from that tv show, "the shadow knows". What gunk lies beneath?

    July 12, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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