August 25th, 2009
05:31 PM ET
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Republican calls Holder decision 'bulls**t'

King is against Holder's decision.
King is against Holder's decision.

(CNN) – Peter King, the New York congressman likely to challenge Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in 2010, is blasting the Obama administration's decision to investigate Bush-era CIA interrogations.

"It's bullsh*t. It's disgraceful. You wonder which side they're on," the Long Island Republican told Politico Tuesday.

On Monday, Attorney Gen. Eric Holder asked federal prosecutor John Durham to examine whether CIA interrogations of suspected terrorists were illegal in the months and years after the September 11 attacks.

Holder said he decided to expand Durham's mandate after examining reports from the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility as well as a classified version of the 2004 CIA inspector general's report into questionable interrogation techniques, among other documents."


King is the ranking Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee and a member of the Select Committee on Intelligence. His comments are significantly more critical than those of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, who called the decision "poor and misguided."

The White House said Tuesday that President Obama supported Holder's decision.

"It's a total breach of faith, and either the president is intentionally caving to the left wing of his party or he's lost control of his administration," King said Tuesday.


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  1. BJK

    yep, lets just keep moving forward, blindly and stupidly ignoring our mistakes.....

    August 25, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  2. gary

    He's right, Holder's decision is BS!!
    Thank the CIA for keeping us safe since 9/11 don't persecute or prosecute them.
    The went to the grey zone in questioning terrorist but in a difficult times we need to support them.
    The war on terror is not over!
    We are not yet safe!
    Lets not look backwards but instead forwards...how can we be aggressive and make our country safe.

    August 25, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  3. Tim

    Of course he is right, and of course Obama shirks his leadership responsibility on this issue. Although shirks implies that he has the ability to lead, and I don't really believe that.

    August 25, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  4. Thank you Mr. Holder

    Thank you for opening this investigation Mr. Holder and proving that unlike Peter King you are on the side of what America is about and stands for.

    August 25, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  5. Tabeth

    If a democratic administion was in during the attack of 9/11

    No one would be brething today!

    We know them very well

    August 25, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  6. hey hey hey good bye...

    Which side would that be? The lying deceitful side or the side that is searching for the reason we have lost so many American lives?

    Why is holding people accountable for their actions "caving in"?

    Old ideas need to perish with old education. Cannot wait to see what the future holds. Everyone who predicts the pending Apocalypse needs to truly read Revelations. Btw the Mayans did not say the world would end in 2012, only that it will change and not be the world as we know it! Can't wait...

    August 25, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  7. Kurt from Canada

    Republicans. Anti affordable healthcare for all citizens, but pro torture.

    August 25, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. Eddie M.

    Peter King is a disgrace to the State of NY. Those who break the law, domestic and international, must be held accountable. Period.

    August 25, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  9. John

    Interesting, there are many countries that the United States pushes very hard to investigate suspected past human rights violations. What is the issue looking at ourselves when appropriate even if it just a microcosm. If Peter King thinks that the concerns are limited to and politically motivated by a few left wing political leaders he is wrong. The concerns extend to many Americans who felt that the the ethical and moral fiber of some of our prior leaders were heading this country in the wrong direction. Note: most Americans are not concerned about "harsh" interrogation techniques when they are appropriate. What many are concerned about is "torture" under the guise of being called "harsh."

    August 25, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  10. Gary

    It is amazing the depths to which liberals hate this country. They will do everything they can to destroy it piece by piece. I can't beleive anyone trully thought the country would shift this far to the left so quickly. I only hope that the rational folks caught in the middle put an end to this in the next election.

    August 25, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. Klow

    Republicans take every opportunity to do everything in their power to ensure that the President of the United States "fails." And this guy has the audacity to say "You wonder which side they're on." Really?

    August 25, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. Retired US Army

    Disgrace, that's a word I would use to decribe the conduct of individuals who still to this day believe that unethical, inmoral, behavior that violates US federal code and US international treaty agreements is okay and can be condoned as long as we are the ones doing it. It is not a breach of faith, nor is it an example of losing control. The Attorney General has a job, no one to include the President may stand in the way of a crimminal investigation by Justice. In addition, the defense that one was just following orders and guidance of ones superiors has not nor will ever be recognized as a legitimate defense for actions that cross the line. Those that supported the policies that resulted in the actions currently being investigated owe the American people an apology second to none. That they permitted and encourgaged such conduct is a disgrace and if it were in my power I would bring each and everyone of them to trial, but I would not stop at those on the ground, I would follow the trail all the way up and let it stop where it may.

    August 25, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  13. OK

    So, what is the administration supposed to do with the information they have garnered? Ignore it?

    August 25, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  14. Rachelraye49

    I think it's a very good idea. After all, we need to look into a lot of shaky things that were happening in the last administration. If Tom Ridge can come out and make a statement that he was told to out and out lie to the public why not investigate further into the CIA's actions.

    August 25, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  15. joe cassidy

    MR. King

    we need more upstanding Americans like you in Congress and in the White House...

    You hit the nail on the head,,,,, which side are they on??????..... it is them that should be investigated for there un-american actions....

    keep up the good work,,

    JC

    August 25, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. Lauren

    Republicans ranting, raving, and complaining is not news. That is who they are and what they do.

    August 25, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. elana

    Now if this was reversed, and it was a Republican Attorney General who was calling an investigation on a Democratic administration, then this guy would be "JUMPING UP AND DOWN, AND SAYING, YES! YES!! GO FOR IT!!!!"" The stupidity of the Republicans! Even someone who breaks the law, or commits a crime, is JUST FINE with the Repubs - IF they are Republican!!! So the Evangelistic right certainly are teaching our children how to lie, cheat, steal, and commit crimes! And therefore, I guess the Bible really doesn't apply to the Republicans! It's just a piece of "history" to hide behind, right?????

    August 25, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. Mike in LR

    You have to realize Holder, Obama, and all the other far left wing lunatics want to destroy America from within. Only then does this stupidity add up.

    How pitiful to effectively disarm the one body that has saved thousands of American lives since 9/11. And over threats. Come on, nothing was commited but threats. Just enough to get these animals to talk. If anyone thinks interregators would actually use a drill on a terrorist or actually harm a family member of such a murderer, you need help.

    We'll see how long it takes before we have another 3,000 Americans murdered in cold blood through no fault of their own. While these terrorist heathens enjoy three hot meals and safety. Our own military undergo water boarding in training. Sheesh, far left kooks!!

    August 25, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  19. Concerned

    The CIA will be fine. But Cheney , and possibly Bush, could be tried for war crimes. Cheney committed treason by outing a CIA operative (Valerie Plame). The administration distorted intelligence and lied about WMD as an excuse to attack Iraq (an unnecessary war of choice). Tom Ridge is now admitting that the Bush Administration politicized the issue of National Security as a scare tactic during the election of 2004. Holder has seen the classified version of the CIA document. Obviously, there's something incriminating therein. Cheney sounds pretty scrared right now. CIA operatives may have been threatening death and sexaul assault of detainees' children, but their higher-ups will pay the price for those actions.

    August 25, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  20. blackhorsecav

    No Terrorist attacks since 2001, HUZZAH CIA!!!!!!! Keep it up

    August 25, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  21. Peejay

    King's epithet more correctly describes the actions of his party.

    August 25, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  22. Raul, Los Angeles, CA

    Investigate, round them up, prosecute them to fullest extent fo the law and let justice take its course. This is the only way America will be able to cleanse itself of it sins. in your heart of hearts you know that justice cannot be denied. Someone has to pay. At the end of World War II we held the Nazis accountable for their sins. We did not accept the excuse "I was just following orders". These CIA operatives that committed these crimes were smart enough to secure "get out of jail" passes. they mus be prosecuted because what they did was wrong! It did not matter whether or not hey got a piece of paper that said it was the current policy. Every American soldier knows that he or she is bound to disobey an unlawful order. The CIA needs to adhere to the Geneva Conventions just like every civilized nation on earth.

    August 25, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  23. Hadley V Baxendale

    The irony of all this is delicious. The same people who kept the Whitewater investigation going for years now decry an investgation of criminal behavior by our agents. The same pople who used to prate about "moral clarity" now argue that we should overlook criminality.

    August 25, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  24. sonny chapman

    "Which side are they on ?" You used to be able to tell the good guys from the bad guys by looking for the American Flag. The Neo-Cons have stained that flag.

    August 25, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  25. Jason

    Look at all the scared little Republicans who can't believe that the era of them skirting our nation's and our world's laws has come to an end.

    August 25, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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