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. Melvin

    Thousands of Americans needlessly perished/died in New York, Washington, DC, New Orleans (Gulf Coast), Iraq during the era of Bush/Chaney. Is this monster an authority on protecting citizens?

    August 25, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  2. KJ

    Of course he "slammed" Obama. That's cause the investigation is going to result in Cheney going to jail! Can't happen soon enough.

    August 25, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  3. bud in NC

    It is very abvious from the look on Cheney's face in the photo that he has messed his pants. He knows absolutely that any investigation will lead to his dirty hands. When he goes to the great beyond, he will kick Satan out and take take charge of the place. And Satan will bow to a superior evil mind.

    August 25, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  4. Madge

    How is it that we've heard more from Cheney in the last 6 months than in the last 8 years?

    Maybe he's right, maybe he's not. Hard to tell. We certainly know how good CIA intelligence was getting us into the war by using completely false or falsified info. Now Cheney says they're above the law to be investigated! Sit down Mr. Ex-VP. Your time is over.

    August 25, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  5. John from Canada

    If the CIA foor soldiers where following orders from someone higher up then find out who that individual(s) is and hold that person or persons responsible for any crimes committed by the the foot soldiers. Remember WW2 who got the heaviest sentences the Leaders that gave the orders.

    August 25, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  6. bearced

    Looks like Cheney is getting nervous about what might be found!!!!

    August 25, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  7. R in Maine

    Cheney is a criminal, immoral, unethical, and does not deserve to have everyone lying to cover for him. He is not a patriot. He has no judgment. We do not need to put him in jail. We just need to reveal how evil he has been.

    August 25, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  8. Joe Smoe

    WA WA WA WA, if you couldn't stand the heat you should have gotten out of the kitchen, CHENEY!!!
    You deserve everything coming to ya, but you probably won't pay a day for it on this earth

    August 25, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  9. Big John

    Of course he would say something like that, he's most likely the one to be wearing an orange jump suit as a result. Laws against torture were put in place to protect against people like Cheney and if he's guilty of violating them, he can do the time for it. It's the only way we can prove to the rest of the world that we do indeed prosececute those guilty of such crimes regardless of what position they hold. We'll see where it goes from here. Kudos to Mr Holder.

    August 25, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  10. michael

    he's running scared. every time this comes up he says its a bad idea. could it be that he did something wrong and doesn't want to get caught? can't wait till they open it all up.

    August 25, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  11. Illinois 2

    Dick Cheney is the guy that has caused all the problems of the past eight years and also the war in Iraq. The people in the United States should seriously consider him as a war criminal and charge him as such. It is just to bad that the politians won't do what is right just to protect themselves down the line.

    Vote them all out and elect people with common sense and believe in our country....

    August 25, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  12. Colorado

    History will show that Cheney did what was necessary to protect this country and its citizens.

    Hate him or not, he did a great job.

    Hats off to you Mr Cheney, and THANK YOU!!

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

    Get over yourself DICK... move on... it's a better day in the US with your administration out.

    August 25, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  14. Matthew of Massachusetts

    Instead of worrying about terrorists' rights, Obama ought to be concerned with another 911.

    Obama was quick to say the Cambridge police "acted stupidly: when they righfully arrested a aggravated and out of control Professor gates, his good friend, but Obama did not say the Scots acted stupidly when they released the Lockerbie bomber - Whose side are you on Mr Hussein Obama????

    Cheney is an American hero who stands by his promise and his actions to protect all Americans. Obama cannot carry Cheney's briefcase – he is not in the same league

    August 25, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  15. James, Brooklyn NY

    Dick is afraid he might end up in prison.

    August 25, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  16. Kevin in Ohio

    Obama has turned the world upside down. The good guys are now the criminals, and the terrorists are now the good guys. Be nice to them.

    August 25, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  17. Joseph in Los Angeles

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

    So why the prosecutions of lowly soldiers from Abu Ghraib prison during your administration Mr. Cheney? Why were those soldiers so quickly tried and imprisoned while the authors of their conduct were given Medals of Freedom? Mr. Cheney? Hello? Mr. Cheney?

    August 25, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  18. Jefferson Thomas

    When you read about prisoners being waterboarded, hung from ceilings by handcuffs, or threatened with power drills while nude, hooded, and shackled, you are reading about Cheney's interrogation policy. Why CNN thinks it is responsible journalism to give this scumbag a platform to impugn those who are attempting to clean up the mess he made (whether by sweeping it under the rug or more thorough means) without allowing his "critics" (i.e. the sane) a single line of text in response, is beyond the faculties of this humble commenter.

    August 25, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  19. Liz

    Will this man ever realize he's no longer in office and shut up? When he was in office he kept silent and invisible for the most part, now he's everywhere and doesn't shut up. Does he think his criticisms of the WH now can erase the past?

    August 25, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  20. peter vaguely

    Dick Cheney is the single most dangerous constitutional criminal in our county's modern era. He is largely responsible for the erosion of our own civil rights, advancing the march to a war we didn't need to fight and illegally incarcerating and torturing individuals world wide.

    He has more in common with the defendants at Nuremberg in 1946 than with the signers of the Constitution in 1787.

    August 25, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  21. Anonymous

    If it wasn't illegal , then why is he so worried. Because the road to illegally abusing power and disregard for the law leads back to Cheney. The issue was not whether we got good info protecting American lives,, but at what cost. Time and time again, the Cheney administration blatantly disregarded law- as if they were above the law in doing what they felt was best for America..... They were our highest officials and should be held accountable to the law more so that any other citizen. If I blatantly broke the law ,,, even if I thought it was to protect my family,, I'm sure I would be investigated and prosectuted. Thats how it works. To use your trusted position in power to justify breaking the law goes against everything American!

    August 25, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  22. Greg

    Sounds like Dick is a little worried...

    August 25, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  23. Irma in North Carolina

    Hey Dick you havent got much time left, they are coming after you and your gang, it will be all over with then.

    August 25, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  24. Wil

    We are hearing more from Old Man Cheney now than we did during his entire term as V.P. Why doesn't he just dry up and blow away?

    August 25, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  25. Chas in Iowa

    Torture is torture, there is not justification or excuse for abusing the rights of a human being.
    If we are to continue refering to our country as civilized we will have to make adjustments to how we treat other human beings.
    Dick Cheney seems to think as long as we can get some information out of a few prisoners it's ok to torture them. This guy is a sicko.

    August 25, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
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