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. SNAPPA

    There coming for you dick!! What is it you don't get? This is the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA we do not torture under any circumstances, period. Personllay I think you should already be in jail but thats me.

    August 25, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  2. B-man

    Anyone that believes anything this idiot says is pretty gullible. Same old tired gas from the same old tired man.

    August 25, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. Socialist

    is he getting a little nervous???
    Why he was such an upstanding vp, wasn't he?

    tik... tok.... tik.... tok....

    justice comes knocking.

    August 25, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. Phil Muse

    Dick Cheney citing "detainee interrogations" (read 'torture') as necessary to keep the U.S. safe from terror attacks reminds me of a story. A man travelling on a cross-country bus trip was struck by the spactacle of a fellow traveler tearing a magazine into small pieces and scattering them from the window. When he asked the stranger why he was doing that, he got the reply that it was to protect the bus from attack by rogue elephants. When he protected that "This is America. There aren't any elephants here," the stranger replied: "See? It works like a charm!"

    August 25, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. the old sage

    Let's take this to the next step–war trials for the "war" in Iraq and all the "stuff" the bush administation gave to the press to support this illegal war. OR how about the banking mess or the wall street crimes or......

    and he has his feelings hurt???? wow.

    August 25, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  6. pam Eugene OR

    Finally these criminals will be held accountable. How can we protect our own young people in service when we threaten to kill a captive's children, beat him, stave him, water board him and not allow him to sleep for days.
    This country broke its own laws and Cheney proudly claims he is responsible for this. Let him pay the price for that.

    August 25, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  7. Terry in Iowa

    Yeah and the WMD sprouted legs and scampered out of Iraq in the wee hours before our invasion. The Iraqi people warmly and enthusiastically embraced and welcomed our troops (with IEDs).

    Bottom line, this traitor knows that if justice prevails, he’ll be swinging from the gallows.

    August 25, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. AJ

    Dick Cheney needs to be instituionalized. He is a mad man.

    August 25, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  9. TheCivilizedOne

    I always had this nagging feeling that Cheney was behind every evil the Bush Administration has been known to have done. Poor Bush for having to take all responsibilities for it all.

    August 25, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  10. Wanda

    This guy only comes out from under his rock when he is accused of something - doesn't his hiding bother anyone but me -
    I think the way he acts shows how guilty he is!

    August 25, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  11. Mississippi Mike

    Is Obama trying to undermine our national defense or is he just an absolute moron? The CIA has kept us safe for the past 7 years. That's what they are supposed to do. Eric Holder and his army of lawyers will do nothing but tie the CIA's hands making them less effective. We are at war with radical Islam and need every tool we have. How can Obama not be aware of this?

    August 25, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  12. mojo in chicago

    If Mr. Cheney has a problem with the way the current administration is handling things, he should call President Obama to give him some advice . Hopefully, President Obama would at least listen to Mr. Cheney. If Mr. Cheney really thinks that these are matters of national security, he should not be publicizing his comments. It makes me wonder if Mr. Cheney is trying to attack the president at this point so that people do not notice Tom Ridge's new book, which clearly states that the former president and vice president tried to politicize national security.

    August 25, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  13. katiec

    Of course Cheney is going to speak out.
    The man has broken more laws, ignored international guidelines, degraded the foundation of our country and has to be concerned
    about his future as a free man.
    If you or I commited the unconsciousable actions of this man, we
    would be doomed to a life of four walls with no hope of seeing the
    light of day. How totally arrogant he is.

    August 25, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  14. Sam Rizzo

    Cheney takes swipe? For real? The Obama adminstration is naming a special prosecutor to investigate the previous adminstration's tactic (and possibly the previous adminstration) and it's Cheney who's taking the swipe? It's a disaster to criminalize policy differences from one adminstration to another. This is proof of the most divisive adminstration in US history (Obama/Biden).

    August 25, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  15. Dan Cleveland

    The problem Mr Cheney is you have no credibility.....you've mislead and lied about so much in the past your word no longer means anything!

    August 25, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  16. Brent

    Cheney is just worried about what the prosecutor will find. He's more concerned about covering his own butt than he is about the "safety" of Americans.

    August 25, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  17. Wise AZ

    The American people forget the fear that we experienced after 9/11. You don't get information from those who hate and want to kill us by offering them a cup of coffee and a danish.

    Unfortunately, it seems that we are opening ourselves up to a repeat of another attack. I would trust Dick Cheney in a heart beat over the current administration to protect and defend the USA.

    August 25, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  18. Red by choice

    Hey Obama, stop playing politics with our safety. Bush employed aggressive tactics to get information that stopped additional terrorist attacks on American soil.

    Thank you, Mr. Bush and thank you, Mr. Chaney for pointing this out.

    It was Bill Clinton's lack of vigilance and holier than thou attitude toward the use of human intelligence (spies) that let the 9/11 plot go undetected. Obama is in the process of making the same mistakes. He is dropping our guard. If recent history is any indicator, WHEN the next attack takes place in the US, Obama will blame Bush and then raise taxes.

    August 25, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  19. Nestor

    Cheney needs to be quiet and let it go. Doesn't he have better things to do?

    August 25, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  20. Jeff

    So Mr. Cheney, the End justifies the Means? Wasn't that also the justification Hitler used? We Americans must hold ourselves to a higher moral standard.

    August 25, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  21. SMP

    If there was nothing wrong with what they did, then Cheney wouldn't be on the defensive.

    August 25, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  22. Hypocrisy

    Hmmm...isn't it just a little suspicious that CNN has this photo of Cheney with "exit" in the background? Just wondering...

    August 25, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  23. Jugglr

    Dick,
    puh-leeze.....go back under that rock and leave us alone. We've already suffered enough from your eight years of incompetence.

    August 25, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  24. LINDA MOORE

    i agree this is nothing but a witch hunt, this will not help our county. for the first time in my 67 years I am afraid of what is down the road for our children, my grad kids...we have gotten away from what is right and wrong...God help America L inda Moore

    August 25, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  25. MarkInOhio

    People often say "LOL". Well, I actually laughed right out loud, long and heartily, when I read the first paragraph of this item. So cheney says that any effort to investigate his endless crimes shows that the current president is not serious about national security. That's pretty rich! Hopefully he can explain that theory to his fellow inmates someday.

    August 25, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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