August 30th, 2009
02:43 PM ET
9 years ago

Cheney: Investigating CIA interrogations a political move

In an interview broadcast Sunday, former Vice President Cheney said he thought President Obama is 'trying to duck responsibility' when it comes to a recently announced probe of the CIA.

In an interview broadcast Sunday, former Vice President Cheney said he thought President Obama is 'trying to duck responsibility' when it comes to a recently announced probe of the CIA.

(CNN) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney said in an interview broadcast Sunday that the Justice Department's decision to review waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques is politically motivated.

Cheney said he opposes the decision by Attorney General Eric Holder to ask a former prosecutor to review CIA interrogations of high-profile terrorism suspects.

Cheney made clear he believes President Obama directed Holder to launch the review because the president is feeling pressure from left-wing Democrats. Cheney said the review will undermine the willingness of CIA personnel to conduct necessary operations.

"I think it's a terrible decision," Cheney said on "Fox News Sunday." "It's clearly a political move. There's no other rationale for why they're doing this."

He criticized Obama for allowing a review considering the president previously said that CIA operatives involved in the interrogations would not be prosecuted. "I think he's trying to duck responsibility for what's going on here, and I think it's wrong," Cheney said.

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  1. bandelera in cascadia

    Reply to "Al (with his head) inside the Beltway" . . . on only two of his rhetorical questions: What Al said: "Can one of you please cite the Article and paragraph in the Consitution (sic) of the United States that deals with terrorism; or the Article and paragraph that sets limits on how the United States prosecutes a war . . ." Examining and evaluating the methods and rationales for those methods, so laboriously contorted and strained, white-washed with a pastiche of legal chicanery, it gets more nakedly clear with time that they were duct-taped together to construct the after the fact the house of cards for going to war and applying torture to predominantly near suspects and the victims of un-vetted bounty hunters - all acts that are seen as departures from and gross violations of treaties which the United States has signed and ratified, and thus THE LAW OF THE LAND. It remains an exercise for Al to return to his copy of the Constitution and find the supremacy clause regarding treaties in that document.

    August 30, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. ben

    Yeah, its politics. GOOD politics for once.

    August 30, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. Gerhard Eisner

    If Al Gore had defeated George W. Bush, a Democatic administration would have faced 9/11. I believe that a Pres. Gore would have taken
    'extraordinary measures' in response to 9/11, including 'enhanced interrogation' techniques. If they had come to light, maybe the Republicans now would be crying foul. It seems it is all about political warfare.

    Kenneth M. Pollock in "Threatening Storm" stated that a Pres. Gore would have had to face a potential WMD Saddam/Iraq. It is highly likely a Gore administration would have gone to war in Iraq as well. Post event arm chair quarterbacking in meaningless.

    August 30, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. Lee Oates

    Dicky boy is simply trying to distract people from his own criminal acts. He is a war criminal and should be tried by the world court. He is directly responsible for over 5000 deaths of American youngsters, and an uncounted number of Iraq civilians and military.

    August 30, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  5. Brad

    I am tired of this worn out statement from Cheney..."how do you explain no more attacks have happened."

    He tries to make it seem as if these types of attackes were a regular event in the US.

    The fact is that prior to 9/11, there was only 1 other attack like that...the other WTC attempt in the early '90s. So it is not statistically sound to argue this way.

    Attacks like this are not common from the beginning so it is just as likely the lack of attacks since this has nothing to do with any counter-terrorism attempts.

    Sheesh...someone tell him to go back to sleep and we don't care to hear his lies anymore.

    He is probably worried that he will be prosecuted.

    August 30, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. JinJ

    Funny how the lefties on this board loudly bemoan EIT, yet will not begin to acknowledge their obvious efficacy and the protection afforded them.

    Question: What would be the tone of this conversation were we able to look back on thousands more killed on U.S. soil from terrorists attacks and were subsequently informed that they could have been prevented had we applied waterboarding techniques only 3 (three) times? My guess is that there would be (rightly so) a loud hew and cry for Cheney's head.

    Careful what you wish for, you just might have gotten it.

    August 30, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. Tom

    The US must itself charge Bush and Cheney with war crimes and send them to trial in The Hague, Netherlands. Otherwise, we are complicit as a nation.

    August 30, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. js -----santee

    Since he believes in waterboarding....maybe we should give it try and see if we get the truth from him

    August 30, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  9. Louise in CA

    This from the "man" who helped the Bush Administration being a bankrupting war based on lies, falsehoods, manufactured evidence, and ideology? I'm SO shocked.

    August 30, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  10. roger

    Political from this administration you got to be kidding me! The CIA did the job to protect us this administration thinks that playing nice is the way to save us when they VOW to kill us all! This will make the CIA non essential like when Washington shuts down for a snow storm and all these people stay home! If Holder wants to take over prisoner policy where they will play nice don't talk harsh or be mean i know the number of prisoners will fall when a soldier figures out that he puts himself more on the line to capture a prisoner the prisoner will be in better conditions than the soldier, it will be safer for the soldier to shoot and kill !!!!!!

    August 30, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  11. Keith in CA

    Forget the investigation. Cheney and his own Axis of Evil have no regard for the Constitution and the Rule of Law. Send him and his cronies to Gitmo and let the waterboarding begin. Surf's up Dick!

    August 30, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  12. Tom

    Cheney's lips are moving, but I'm not listening. I don't know if he honestly believes he did the right things, but the fact is that he caused unspeakable harm to this country and the world at large during his 8 years in the White House. Now he thinks everyone else always has something up their sleeve because that's the way he was while he was in office. Fortunately, we now have a president and vice president who know the meaning of the word integrity.

    August 30, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  13. jimbo

    When we suffer another attck on US soil, all you posters that hate Cheney be sure to post again. Or will you find some way to absolve Preident Obama of blame?

    August 30, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  14. Paul D Jackson

    He has turned into a bitter old man who has lost his powers. It would be best for him to retire and go out hunting with and for his friends....if he truly has any.

    August 30, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. Fedup

    Of course, the overwhelming majority of the posts here are all for prosecuting the "liars" in the Bush administration. But none of you post about how safe they kept us, nor how this action will forever damage the relationship between the Executive office and the CIA, nor many liars and tax cheats are in the Obama administration, and nobody blinked an eye when Slick Willy lied straight to your faces about Lewinski. Double standard? No, couldn't be. Keep following the sheep herder O-baaahhh-ma.

    August 30, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. Matt in San Fran

    Cheney is right! Not a big fan of him, but this is obviously politically driven. If extreme left liberals weren't still sore in the rear about Bush this wouldn't be happening. I applaud the CIA for keeping us safe for so long after 9-11. With the lack of leadership in the White House now and the restraints being placed on the CIA (as if they were the bad guys) I doubt we will be safe much longer.

    August 30, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. Carol from Corsicana

    Dear Astroturff this:

    I am a 68-year-old housewife who lives in Texas. I have no contact with anyone in either the Democratic or the Republican hierarchy. I'm just a very interested citizen who is reading as much as I can get my hands regarding what's going on in this wonderful country of ours. I am absolutely shocked at some of the things the Bush administration did under the guise of protecting our country. TORTURE IS WRONG - and the people who say [whether erroneously or correctly] that the results of torture kept us safer just don't get it. TORTURE IS WRONG – in any instance – under any circumstances. It's not what our country is about. We're supposed to be above that sort of thing. I'm sorry and ashamed that it took place at the hands of our own government.

    August 30, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. Tim

    Cheney is spot on with his comment that Obama ordered the probe.

    August 30, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain

    Let us remind you again, Mr. Cheney:

    You and Mr. Bush did NOT keep America safe when you chose to ignore the Presidential Daily Briefing of August 6, 2001 that warned of al Qaeda's determination to attack the U.S. using airplanes.

    And now reports are saying (what we already know) that torture does not yield reliable intelligence.

    So, why again, should we care about what you think?

    August 30, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  20. Albert K., from L.A.

    The attorney general must investigate violations of the constitution, especially concerns of torture by a branch of the federal government. If there were no review of Bush and Chaney’s actions then the Obama administration would appear as a fellow traveler and that would be politically and historically incorrect. In that respect, yeah, maybe the review is politically motivated.

    August 30, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  21. Swift

    Someone needs to bring Cheney in for questioning. He publicly admits to authorizing criminal activities. Its about time he did time for the crime(s)!

    August 30, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  22. independent

    What do you call outing a CIA agent?

    August 30, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  23. Tomas from Ukraine

    Dick Cheney is a mass murderer. That dog should be hung along with the rest of the scum behind the New World Order!

    August 30, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  24. Alan in Marietta, GA

    An investigation offends him. He's OK with torture.

    August 30, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  25. Jethro

    He openly admits that he doesn't have any problem with interrogators breaking the law.

    August 30, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
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