August 25th, 2009
02:13 PM ET
5 years ago

Cheney takes swipe at Obama over prosecutor

Dick Cheney is criticizing the latest Obama move .
Dick Cheney is criticizing the latest Obama move .

(CNN) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney is again taking aim at President Obama, issuing a statement Monday suggesting the administration's decision to name a prosecutor to investigate CIA interrogations under President Bush fuels "doubts about this administration's ability to be responsible for our nation's security."

"The people involved deserve our gratitude," Cheney said in the statement. "They do not deserve to be the targets of political investigations or prosecutions."

The former vice president also said documents released Monday prove enhanced interrogation techniques yielded valuable information that "provided the bulk of intelligence we gained about al Qaeda."

"This intelligence saved lives and prevented terrorist attacks," Cheney said. "These detainees also, according to the documents, played a role in nearly every capture of al Qaeda members and associates since 2002."

"The activities of the CIA in carrying out the policies of the Bush Administration were directly responsible for defeating all efforts by al Qaeda to launch further mass casualty attacks against the United States," he added.

Related: Cheney says documents show interrogations prevented attacks

Late Monday, the government released declassified CIA documents originally requested last May by Cheney. The former vice president had argued they would show enhanced interrogation techniques saved lives.

While analysis in the documents says information from detainee interrogations "helped thwart a number of al-Qaida plots" and "arrests...disrupted attack plans in progress," it remains unclear from the heavily redacted documents whether that information was obtained through the enhanced interrogation techniques Cheney defends.

The documents' release came the same day Attorney General Eric Holder asked federal prosecutor John Durham to examine whether CIA interrogations of suspected terrorists were illegal after the release of a 2004 CIA inspector general's report into further questionable interrogation techniques.


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  1. eolufemi

    Spoken like a true criminal covering his tracks....

    August 25, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  2. RealityKing

    Obama's lack of action clearly make Americans less safe.

    August 25, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  3. LMC

    Of course Cheney slams it, he is afraid he might be implicated!

    August 25, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  4. Grahame

    Dick Chaney is a reincarnation of Joseph MacCarthy. This self serving slime ball of an excuse for a human being should go to jail and do hard time and I believe that the majority of the families of the over four thousand dead service men and women who were killed in Iraq would agree with me.

    August 25, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  5. Joe the Pundit

    No doubt Cheney is getting worried. Looks like he will finally be headed to the jail cell that he and his cronies so much deserve.

    August 25, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  6. felicia

    All i got to say is why cheney always comes out with a comment, that;s because cheney has something to hide, he did something he had no business doing when they were president, mark my words cheney is going down right along with the bush administratino, what's done in the dark shall come to light and it ain't gon be pretty.

    August 25, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  7. kgeukes

    Watch out Dickie!! They're coming to get you!!! Lol....Figures he'd be pissed because Obama doesn't think the way he does. Not everyone has your paranoid mind Dickie!!!!!

    August 25, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  8. once upon a horse

    getting a little NERVOUS there hey Dickie? Haven't heard from you in a while so why come back out now?

    August 25, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  9. Debra Williams

    This 'witchhunt" by the Obama administration is absolutely ridiculous. It's actually hard to top some of the stupid decisions they've already made, but this may be the number #1 ranked moronic act. Perhaps all these people should watch our loved, now dead citizens, leap from the top floors of the Trade Centers after the planes hit, and re-experience the horror we all felt. THIS IS WAR. It is not pretty, it is not comfortable, nor does it need to be second-guessed by the lowest rated Congress in history, nor by the amatuers in Washington, DC, who obviously don't have a clue what is involved in protecting the citizens of the United States, either here or abroad.

    August 25, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  10. Dale

    Dick Cheney has exactly zero credibility, so what he says is irrelevent.

    August 25, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  11. andrewstl

    you and your dingbat daughter pleasse go back under the rock where you both cohabitate.

    August 25, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  12. Bill from Jacksonvile, FL

    Are we getting scared?? The might Dick Cheney doesn't want any investigations! I think they should look REAL DEEP!!

    August 25, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  13. Anonymous

    He sounds like a man trying to avoid being labeled a war criminal.

    August 25, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  14. Sam I Am

    Cheney needs to find himself a good lawyer, and shut up. The report isn't nearly as specific as he would like America to think it is, and we must remember that the sources who provided information for the report are the same sources that destroyed legal evidence (video tapes and other material), and who have consistently and repeatedly lied to Congress. Either Cheney is in denial, incredibly stupid, or incredibly arrogant, or all three.

    August 25, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  15. Jim

    I see Big Brother is still complaining about Goldstein.

    August 25, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  16. totally neutral

    What a scumbag you are Mr. Cheney. Noboby is above the law, you should be tried in an international court of law for violations of human rights. As an American Citizen, I would rather die than let pigs like you loose on the population.

    August 25, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  17. haren

    Water is under his feet now.

    August 25, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  18. Dan

    Isn't Cheney being tried for War Crimes yet??

    August 25, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  19. FJ Morris

    You know, Mr. Ex-VP, if you were really all that concerned with this nation's security, you and your boss would have read all the al Qaeda documentation given to you by Clinton's people. You then would have stuck to the objective of finding OBL. You would not have fabricated "evidence" of a connection between OBL/al Qaeda and Iraq. And you would not have attacked Iraq - a country that had not, at that time, been responsible for even 1 American death.

    Let's be honest here: you're really more concerned about how much money you can continue to make from the middle east situation.

    August 25, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  20. ETM

    Dick Cheney is a disgrace to this country and its commitment to justice and the rule of law. He is a petty draft dodger pretending to be a warrior, a flag waver whose actions as VP were consistently a violation of his oath to uphold the Constitution.
    Cheney spent most of his tenure as VP in a bunker. If only he would go there now and shut up.

    August 25, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  21. Tam

    Cheney when was in power (and his assistance Bush) took the US from the top of the nations… to where we are at now financially…. People like Cheney should be ashamed of themselves. Cheney cares about his wallet!!!

    August 25, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  22. Stacy from Leesburg, VA

    Cheney buddy, they are on to you! My suggestion, a country with no extradition treaty, plastic surgery, and a new alias. With all the Haliburtoon money, those should not be a problem...right Mr. Rusty Shackleford from Arlen, Texas?

    August 25, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  23. D. Tree

    The only reason Cheney is coming out again is to protect his own hide – he knows HE is one of the people who will be found responsible for abusing the Law.

    The people who followed orders will be fine. Its people like Dick Cheney, who gave the orders that wil have something to worry about!

    August 25, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  24. usualone

    Other Vice Presidents had the grace to fade away, even though they probably had lots to say. Mr. Cheney has the American right to talk but most of us want his 15 minutes of fame to go away. He just stirs up people - negatively speaking.

    August 25, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  25. Bingo

    This is a blatant political attempt by the administration to divert attention from the legitimate resistance to their health care proposals by once again resorting to campaigning against the Bush administration. Drawing upon the animosity against President Bush worked as a campaign tactic to get President Obama elected, but it will not work as a method of governing. President Obama is now the man in the Oval Office. Quite trying to blame everything on President Bush, step up to the plate and accept responsibility for the actions and decisions that are now on your watch.

    August 25, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
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