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. David

    Dick, you don't get it. Nobody cared what you said while you were in office, so certainly we don't care what you say now. Enjoy your retirement and stop sticking your nose where it doesn't belong.

    August 25, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  2. Rod from Indy

    It's obvious the man is afraid. But if we were not able to stop him and W from murdering thousands of Americans in Iraq, I don't believe he has much to worry about now. It's not as if anything is going to be done to him. Since his draft dodging days he has gotten away with everything up to and including war crimes and murder.

    August 25, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  3. m jeff

    Earth to Cheney, it's called torture.

    August 25, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  4. kenny cole

    Mr Cheney should shout up or be lock up in jail does this guy understand this is a country of law

    August 25, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  5. minnie

    When I hear the name Eric Holder, I cringe.
    That man is brain dead except for socialist, Marxist or communisn ideas which he lives and breaths.

    August 25, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  6. Jim

    I wish Dick Cheney would just stay quiet and lay low. He should be thankful that: one day, you can be running an entire nation into oblivion, destroying our Constitution, sending kids off to be killed in an illegal war, and the next day, you can simply retire and enjoy making jabs at our current President from "an undisclosed location." Newsflash Dick Cheney: you are no longer relevant. Go fishing, go hunting, go away. Nobody (except CNN & Fox News) cares what you think.

    August 25, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  7. Scott

    Of course Cheney is slamming Obama over this – he does not want anyone to find out just how much him and Bush are trying to get by with! Has nothing to do with national security has to do with his own legal security!

    Scott

    August 25, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  8. machtim akannah

    No other country in the world would expose methods of intelligence gathering as we are doing. The administration is out of control in this regard. The unfortunate thing is that for security reasons, it is not possible to identify the avoidance of additional catastophic incidents based upon the information which was gathered. Let the naysayers renounce their US citizenship and move to more "liberal" countries like, let us say, Saudi Arabia, or perhaps Somalia. And take the ACLU with you.

    August 25, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  9. Shan - Louisville

    Thank Mr. Cheney for doing everything in your power to protect the American people! Everyone in this country owes you, President Bush and the CIA their appreciation!

    August 25, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  10. pv

    Mr. Cheney has been wrong on everything so far....
    "We will be greeted as liberators."

    He will lie to cover his arse and that is all he is doing.

    His adminstration made all of us LESS safe.

    and he emptied our pockets at the same time.

    He has received MILLION$ of dollars from Halliburton.

    He has a lot to hide.

    "There is a cloud over the vice president . . . And that cloud remains because this defendant obstructed justice," Fitzgerald said.

    "There is a cloud over the White House. Don't you think the FBI and the grand jury and the American people are entitled to straight answers?" Fitzgerald asked the jury.

    This comes from a REPUBLICAN prosecutor.

    August 25, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  11. war crimes: cheney, bush, rumsfeld, wolfowitz,feith

    Time to hold all bush's "minions" to the high court...we did it with hitlers cronies, it's time again...

    August 25, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  12. P. Garret

    why is this guy still in the news? Does anyone listen to what he has to say? I think no one cares what Cheney thinks anymore.

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

    I believe our former vice president is very worried he will one day (justly) be tried for war crimes.

    August 25, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  14. BJNJ

    Looks like our rock star is trying to take the heat for non accomplishments off himself and start a trend where every administration investigates the previous one. Mr. Commander in chief...our guys are dying in Afganistan. IUD's are increasing WAKE UP. Stop with the stupid stuff.
    Start acting like you are President instead of a wussy.

    BJNJ

    August 25, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  15. JC

    Gee I wonder why.......

    August 25, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  16. james s roberts

    As Ronald Reagan used so effectively against Jimmy Carter in Presidential debate; "there you go again.......".

    Please Dick Cheney, for once recognize America is a country beyond greed, self interest. self centeredness, narcissism. We're a country which abides by laws, by morals, by principles.

    We lead by example.

    August 25, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  17. weiss

    He is obviously doing and saying anything he can stop any investigation about these interrogations because he knows he is so guilty of giving orders to torture. America has had previous suites against other countries defining water-boarding as torture. Another example of the double standards and their complete disregard for the laws when it pertained to the "Cheney" administration.

    This whole investigation is a joke anyway. Everybody knows they tortured, and everybody knows it was Cheney and Rumsfeld that gave the specific orders to water-board (what our American government already deemed torture in previous suits). These criminals will get away with it and every other illegal thing they did during this administration. They can stop humoring us now as if they are really looking in to it. Please, a kindergartner could have figured this out already.

    I think the news shouldn't even give this crook a platform to spew his lies anyway.

    August 25, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  18. Axl

    The Attorney General made this decision, as he should. Obama's position has always been clear. He believes anyone following Cheney's and Ashcroft's orders in good faith is in the clear. Those not in the clear are the ones who exceeded the authority of those torture authorizations, as some clearly did and the ones who put together the whole scheme to break the law. At this point, it's clear that Cheney doesn't like the attention that's coming to him for leading violations of our laws.

    August 25, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  19. Donna Bergman

    Why doesn't Cheney go away? He's still spouting the same old lies left over from when he was in office. His administration was one of cover-ups, secrecy, operating outside of the law, and not upholding the Constitution of the United States. It seems that Cheney does not want to relinquish the power he had as Vice-President. He still wants to run things in Washington. It was pretty obvious that Cheney, not Bush, was actually in control while the Republicans were in office. And I believe he's still in control to some degree, orchestrating behind the scenes to hinder all the good things the Democrats are trying to do.

    August 25, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  20. you can run but you can't hide from justice, cheney

    the far-reaching hand of justice will find you and your henchmen

    no matter where you may go hide

    no matter how long it takes

    no matter how you resist.

    August 25, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  21. DON"T APOLOGIZE

    Why does Obama feel he has to apologize to the entire World about everything the United States has ever done before he got into office??? I'm sooooooo tired of hearing him saying the United States shouldn't have done this .......or that happened before I took over.....blah blah blah!!!!! I hope all you who voted for this idiot are finally realizing how CLUELESS he is about EVERYTHING!!!!!

    August 25, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Torture doesn't work very well. If Cheney is going to say that plots were thwarted, name the target. I don't like these people any more than Cheney or any other American does, but to not follow our own laws drives us down a slippery slope of dictatorship. All people within the government need to follow the rules or be punished. We are a country that follows the rule of law. Without that, we are no better than the people who hate us. We tolerate those that we despise because we can show them the better way to live - with law and respect for all.

    August 25, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  23. Ron In California

    The report says we used a drill and racked a gun to frighten the terrorist during the interogation. Sorry, maybe a timeout and having to sit in the corner would be acceptable. Tthe ACLU would probably find something wrong with that as well. I can't forget when the Twin Towers fell and how frightened the victims of that horrible event must have been.

    August 25, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  24. Jay

    Cheney needs to be locked up with the key thrown away.

    August 25, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  25. Jake Honig

    it seems like he's scared of something....

    August 25, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
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