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. Jerry in Florida

    Mr. Cheney, King NObama nor Prince Hold Holder will listen to you or anyone else, for that amtter. They are not even listenong to the voters that got them elected/appointed.

    However, you and the American electorate MUST continue to question with boldness and speak without fear.

    Stay tuned!

    August 25, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  2. Barry NiFong, Hawaii

    Obama lied again. He said this wouldn't happen and it is now happening. When will you supporters wake up? The savior is a liar.

    August 25, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  3. Joe Gerken

    Your article fails to mention that Dick Cheny is a biased observer, since he may well have committed crimes based on his role promoting torture

    August 25, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  4. Jim

    Mr. Chenney should be supporting the rule of law wether it is in regards to an investigation or actions supported by the Bush administration. Public servants should leave their arrogance in private industry – otherwise don't get involved with government.

    August 25, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  5. Juge

    "SO" as you have said. What's your point? Afraid of going to jail?

    August 25, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  6. Bill from CA

    I think it says a lot about Dick Cheney that he is not only bashing the administration during interviews with anyone who will listen, but is now making press releases doing so. I suppose when Bush and Cheney were undoing all the progress our economy had made under the Clinton years, that Clinton and Gore could have come out, week after week, and torn Bush and Cheney a new one, but they didn't. It's called class, Dick. Try to get some.

    I also remember Cheney and Bush telling us that it was unpatriotic to attack the President. Now, judging by his seven deferments from military duty during the Vietnam war, and his treasonous outing of a CIA agent, I never pictured Cheney as much of a patriot, but enough is enough...shut up already, Dick!

    August 25, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  7. Brad

    Why is he so afraid? If no crimes were committed. No problem.

    August 25, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  8. wmcauth07

    Is anyone besides CNN & FOX listening to this sick old man's lies? I'm tired of 'if Cheney doesnt call waterboarding torture, its not torture. Let's try it on his ticker.

    August 25, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  9. Dan

    Dick still doesn't get it. If we have to stoop to the level of terrorists, by unlawfully detaining and torturing them, then how do we know we're the "good guys" any more? I don't think most Americans are ready to give up their moral authority and say we're no different than the evil regimes we've villified for the last 40 years, so just do whatever it takes and commit all the attrocites you feel is necessary to get the alleged "bad guys" to talk. If we are, then lets stop kiddng ourselves and put away the white hats forever and just say proudly "We believe in torture and rape as a valid means of interogation, we believe in detaining suspects indefinitely with no charges being brought against them, and we no longer believe in basic human rights and don't expect anyone else in the world to uphold these standards either". How does that feel rolling off you tongue?

    August 25, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  10. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    Cheney is right.....leave loyal dedicated CIA folks alone....it is CHENEY and BUSH that should be investigated and charged for their eight years of thumbing their noses at all manner of US and international laws! How both sleep at night boggles the mind when one considers the vast scope of their crimes against the Constitution, the Geneva Conventions, FISA, the UN, our armed forces and the people of Iraq who have lost 1.3 MILLION lives due to their war of choice based on bald faced lies!

    August 25, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  11. Tom, NC

    More Obama-mania. See, Obama agrees with Cheney – it's not fair to persecute people following orders and keeping us safe – hey, they WAVED the electric drill at the guy – they didn't use it. But, two weeks ago Obama was told that the financial myth that his plans won't crater the country financially was evaporating.... how to distract people from the fact we can afford Obama? Dredge up a left-wing bogeyman – the 'evil' CIA...which of course, was Bush's fault.....along with Katrina, global warming, the stock market....and everything else.

    August 25, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  12. K. Owens

    And so what? Who cares?! Cheney's word doesn't count for anything....never did. He needs to get down on his knees and repent.

    August 25, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  13. MarkR

    Ah Dick, please do the world a favor and crawl back under whatever rock you own these days. You say you have "doubts about this administration's ability to be responsible for our nation's security." Aw gee, does seem kind of odd for us to see an administration that understands working within the US Constitution, international law, the US standard of the rule of law, and public opinion. It must have been much easier to simply throw out our 230+ years of history, act as a King and keep us secure. Problem is, we now have to recover from you and your buddy George did to our personal freedoms, not to mention the damage you did to our country's reputation across the rest of the world. Say "bye-bye Dick", and just fade away...pretty please.

    August 25, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  14. charles stansberry

    I really feel sorry we scared that guy with a drill. I guess he was almost as terrified as the people in the twin towers that held hands and jumped to their death to keep from being burned alive !! GIVE ME A BREAK !!! If one of the people in the twin towers that jumped had been Mr Obama's children he would feel differently. How stupid can we possibly be? We must protect our loved ones or lose them to the terrorist of the world. Tater58 over and out

    August 25, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  15. PaulMoATX

    Talk about scared you know what.

    August 25, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  16. darren

    if this man was actually concerned about the security of this nation.....he would air his concerns privately........he is a coward and a bully....and a liar

    August 25, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  17. Mike K

    What we have heard is that many many withing the CIA were very much concerned that what they were being asked to do was illegal. The morale of the agency was already down because they believed that many of the techniques used were illegal and that they might find themselves before a war crimes court because of it. This now brings back the morale of the agents who did the right thing and were concerned over the take over of the agency by amateurs and party fanatics. Those who were concerned are now justified in those concerns. Cheney can talk til he is blue in the face but he will never be able to prove torture worked, because it does not. The best intel we received was received through normal interogation techniques and that info dried up as soon as torture was used. This move will make us stronger as a nation and we will keep the high moral ground which we lost over the last 8 years and is essential to have as a world leader.

    August 25, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  18. wagon

    As much as I'm not a fan of Cheney, I would trust him more if things needed to get tough than Obama. Sometimes, you have to do things you don't like to do. We all do it. Too bad.

    August 25, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  19. Tim

    Scared much Cheney? Don't worry I'm sure you'll look fine in that orange prison jumpsuit.

    August 25, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  20. J

    I hope that Dick Chaney ends up in PRISON!!

    I would personally agree with going after the people responsible for giving the orders to the CIA operatives, but not the actual Operatives themselves also going after the contractors and their bosses is a good course of action.

    The use of contractors is a despicable act run the by most disgusting people. That means you ERIC PRINCE, your holy war against the Muslim people is over and you belong in prison.

    August 25, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  21. PLUTO

    Gratitude? We were attacked on 9-11 on Cheney's watch, and very likely at his eager instigation. When are we going to see the kind of investigation into the Cheney/Bush administration that we saw with Clinton? I'd like to see Cheney on trial instead of smirking.

    August 25, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  22. shmeckel

    If you libs what to prosecute the bush administration I am all for that.

    However, I do not what Obama and crew playing politics with our national security; leave the CIA out of it.

    August 25, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  23. CranialRectalLoopback

    They deserve, AND HAVE, the right to remain silent. Anything they say can and will be used against them in a court of LAW. They deserve, AND HAVE, the right to an attorney. If the cannot afford one, one will be appointed.

    August 25, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  24. JonDie

    I absolutely disagree with Holder's decision to investigators the torturers.

    Holder should be investigating and then indicting Dick Cheney, one of the key intellectual authors of these crimes.

    The CIA "soldiers" were only following Cheney's orders.

    August 25, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  25. Kitchen Police

    The age old question is "Are we a nation of laws or tyrants?" I pray each day the answer to this question is obvious. If we stoop to the same level as the terrorists then we must waller in the mud with them.

    August 25, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
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