August 25th, 2009
02:13 PM ET
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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. Kevin

    Hey Cheney, here's a quarter, go call someone who cares what you think. You were an embarrassment to our country and your despicable un-American actions while in the White House should have landed your fat butt in federal prison.

    August 25, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  2. k

    Isn't Dick Cheney in jail

    August 25, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  3. roseann raymond

    Dick Cheney should be among the first to be investigated. I think he was the mastermind behind the entire torture interrogations. Not to include Cheney would be a miscarriage of justice.

    August 25, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  4. Cathy Reid

    Guilty people always make the most noise. Dick Cheney is guilty of the most serious of crimes, he is a criminal. He and George Bush should be charged with war crimes. He is afraid the trail will lead straight back to him.
    Their motto is kill anyone who disagrees with them and that is just what they did.
    Both should go to jail, straight to jail !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 25, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  5. Bertina

    Dick Cheney just wants to look good for his book he wants to sell.

    August 25, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  6. Law and Order

    Hey Dick, what are you scared of?

    August 25, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  7. Laurie

    Mr. Cheney: You should be tried as a war criminal. I know nothing bothers you as you do not have a conscience. How scary for this country that these methods were used. Americans need to quit acting like lemmings walking off a cliff and become informed of what the "leaders" of our country are up to. I sincerely hope that these investigations uncover everything right up to the top, which means you Mr. Cheney. These tactics are a stain on our country.

    August 25, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  8. mark

    funny dick, your administration hung out to dry the people from the prison in irag... remember? they were prosecuted for carrying out YOUR orders to mistreat the prisoners to humiliate them into talking... YOU put them in jail!! and didnt listen when they said they were TOLD to do that! stop being an ignorant hypocrite!! don't be a dick, Dick!

    we are so tired of you and the hypocracy of your adminstration, you just make us WANT to see you punished!

    August 25, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  9. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    Dick Cheney is heartless! One reminder:-Bush and Cheney didn't keep America safe before 9/11. Keeping America safe after 9/11 is no licence to commit war crimes.
    If he deems the investigations unnecessary theN America should compensate Vietnamese whose relatives were executed for waterboarding american soldiers.

    THIS GUY'S RIGHTFULL PLACE IS GITMO!

    August 25, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  10. chuckster, Boston MA

    This guy clearly does not underatand the "rule of law" concept...he has a cowboy's view of right and wrong, a view that has cost the US dearly in terms of international respect and prestige in the last eight years. As for whether his draconian measures yielded results–he has no choice but to defend them, although you could just as well argue that the failure of al Qaeda to launch more attacks against the US had more to do with their not being able to get the pieces together, than anything the administration did. In the absence of clear information suggesting otherwise, it's nothing more than a matter of faith–since you can't prove a negative.

    August 25, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  11. Nevel

    Dick Cheney is an absolute idiot. So, the ends justify any means? I think not.

    August 25, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  12. phillip Marlowe

    When you recall that ordinary hard working Americans on 9-11 had the terrible choice of burning to death or jumping 100 stories to their death, I do not have a problem with these interrogations to gain information to make sure none of us face that choice. This will haunt Obama I am afraid if this goes forward.

    August 25, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  13. ss

    Hate to agree with almost anything that Cheney says. But you know what? Maybe he is right this time. Starting at the bottom is the wrong approach. Start at the top, where the decisions were made. Maybe with some one like, oh, say, a former vice president?

    August 25, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  14. Chris

    Perhaps Dick should save his comments for when he's under oath.

    August 25, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  15. AverageFatAmerican

    He really doesn't want people investigating what they did.

    August 25, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  16. barb

    "This intelligence saved lives and prevented terrorist attacks," Cheney said.

    Mr. Cheney, how many lives were LOST and DISABLED because of the decision to go to war under false pretenses???? Be a man and admit when you were wrong! No matter how you like to twist issues to make you and Mr. Bush look like good guys, you still come out looking like bullies. Please just go away!!!!!!!

    August 25, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  17. TJ

    Hey Cheney, Go AWAY! No one cares for your opinion. If you have so much to say maybe you should have tried to run. Oh thats right you would have been totally annihilated, because no one trusts you for good reason.

    August 25, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  18. Richard

    Cheney is a dead duck. Hope he lives long enough to go to prison.

    August 25, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  19. bilbo boomerbottom

    So Cheney thinks the ends justify the means....even if illegal?

    August 25, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  20. thersa

    Yeah right.
    Cheney and his thugs used to say that all the intelligence from Abu Zubaydah came from rough interrogation. Then the facts came out: Once the torture began Zubaydah lost his mind and had nothing of value to say. Only the previous lawful interrogation by the FBI led to useful info.
    Who knows how much MORE we could have learned from him and other detainees by following methods that are proven to work than letting Cheney get his rocks off. BinLaden might be captured and put to death by now.

    August 25, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  21. Rick Lawson

    Oh gosh, this guy has just lost it.

    We are Americans ! We should not use power drills, waterboarding, or any other form of torture. If we do, then we no longer have the right to be called an American.

    It is that simple. There are lines we do not cross. That is what makes us great.

    August 25, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  22. Proud Democrat in NC

    And Cheney did what for this country? He and Bush left the country in tatters and he has the nerve to stand back and throw bricks. You and your extreme right wing are has beens. Just bitter old men. Like you, your comments are irrelevant. Oh, please please just go away!

    August 25, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  23. Carol M

    Once more, Obama defends the terrorists and accuses Americans. It's easy to see where his loyalty lies.

    August 25, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  24. M Chicago

    Cheney and Rumsfeld and the rest should be sitting in a cold dark cell somewhere, rotting for the rest of their lives. They lied to the world, the US, and are directly responsible for the fiasco of Iraq, all in the guise of "freedom." They alone are responsible for the thousands of deaths, and tens of thousands of casulties our troops have suffered. Who really gives a crap what Cheney thinks today?

    August 25, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  25. ATR

    Cheney has zero credibility. Notice he doesn't say illegal torture obtained intelligence. Obviously, interrogation is necessary often times to obtain information but there is no evidence that torture is necessary. In fact, all evidence points to the fact that torture gets false information. No one is above the law, including Cheney. If he or anyone else in the Bush Administration broke laws, they need to prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Either the U.S. is a country of laws or it isnt. I hope we are.

    August 25, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
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