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. Pam in Oregon

    Now why would anyone want to investigate the interrogations? Could it be that Mr Cheney allowed, authorized and actively promoted these illegal tactics? I'm sure this is one of many war crimes relative to the Bush administration that he does not want investigated. The master of sophistry is at it again!

    What a low life!

    Pam in Oregon

    August 30, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  2. JR

    But I guess hiding the atrocities you implemented ISN'T political, right Cheney?

    August 30, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  3. Ulyses

    Cheney's just scared that his evil past will catch up to him. Yes the CIA should be investigated. No one is above the law. He needs to do some time behind bars.

    August 30, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. tony

    I'm totally shocked to hear such argument from the republicans. If they think it's okay to subject prisoners to torture and get away with it, what moral justification will they have to question roque states from torturing prisoners? what make these states rogue is that they think it's okay to torture.Does that make america a rogue state? stop disturbing other countries with your 'rule of law' doctrine if you think it is difficult to uphold it. If torture is that effective and okay, then you should withdraw your forces from afganistan and iraq and allow the talibans to keep torturing their people. what will become of the u.s government? TALIBANS!

    August 30, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. Tim

    Sadaam used enhanced techniques, we bound people and through them off of 10 story buildings. There is no moral equivalence to waterboarding, except for altruistic hippies.

    August 30, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. Steve - Phoenix

    Are we a country of laws, or not? Those that want to win at the cost of any and all principles can unequivocally be considered "unprincipled". Is that what we want to become as a nation?

    I've noticed that a very high percentage of us that have served in the military – and are offering comments – are offended, if not enraged, in our former leadership's complete lack of respect for national and international laws and treaties.

    Ethnocentricism, racism, and nationalism are again beginning to run rampant in this country, particularly among those that have never traveled abroad. Are we once again burdened with a reincarnation of the likes of Joseph McCarthy and his ilk? Are we to see “convoys” of fat guys in pickups and camo posturing on our streets?

    Ignorance drives the minority – self respect drives the rest of us.

    August 30, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  7. Palin 2012 - 2014 1/2

    On Sept.11th most of the hijackers didn't know the full plans. Most terrorists are not told what they are doing, especially when they will die, for fear they will not go through with it.
    That is why torture does NOT work, they are the 'workers', not the planners of terrorism!!!

    August 30, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. Chrisails

    Wake up Gang. Our resourses have been attacked all over the world, not just 911. Considering the enemy we are dealing with and how they treat prisioners (remember Dan Pearl) I don't think we are harsh enough. Why should we be the only nation to follow laws no one else follows. Ask the families of 911 if they care about water-boarding.
    This country has far greater problems to solve or is this a side show to take our attention away from Health Care,,etc.?

    August 30, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. vdavis

    can he point to ONE instance where these techniques work or provided "valuable" information without revealing national secrets? i imagine he could be vague about at least one occurrence, can't he??? he also stated that he is okay with the use of these methods even if they maybe illegal...

    August 30, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  10. Jake

    Why wasn't Dick this vocal when he was serving WE, The People?!

    August 30, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  11. Marc L

    Of course it is political. Everything in Washington is politics. No President before this one has ever sought to prosecute people for policies during the previous administration. And the Bush Presidency was certainly not the first time an administration has implemented controversial policies. Look back in history and almost every President has done something. So why now? Obama is not an idiot. He is aware of the can of worms he is opening. So why is he doing this? Is it a smokescreen perhaps? There is doubt these actions are unprecedented.

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

    I still find it very telling that the member of the administration who had actually served in the military, who had actually defended this nation on battlefields and who had led troops into war–Colin Powell–was the voice of reason decrying torture. Torture is torture, regardless of what you call it. Anyone who has a loved one serving this nation on foreign soil should be furious at the cavalier manner in which Chenny, Gonzales and any number of administration lackies threw aside the treaties of which the US is a signatory. When we torture, we place our troops in a more direct threat of torture. How can we demand treatment better than what the Bush-Cheney administration inflicted? This is not political. This is about how we, as a nation, stand by the rule of law.

    August 30, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  13. J. Heath

    It's about time.

    August 30, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  14. Joe - Virginia

    Look – the focus here shouldn't be on the politics. Yes, we understand that it makes a lot of people feel good to grind their Cheney and Bush axes but the fact is that you're judging people who did the dirty work that had to be done post 9/11 and you're judging them by today's standards. I think everyone needs to keep in mind how this nation felt on 9/12 and what we asked those people to do for us. This stuff has all gone to the Justice Dept before which declined to prosecute anything. As someone has already pointed out, we know the Justice dept "isn't political" so there must have been some valid reasons why prosecutions were declined.

    All this fuss because someone made drill noises at a bad guy we caught in Aghanistan – really? By the way, this administration still supports rendition of people to places like Egypt and Saudi Arabia – talk about speaking out of both sides of your mouth...

    August 30, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  15. GOPer

    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. cheney is a national and global disgace.

    August 30, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  16. Drew Williams

    Rule of law and the upholding of our principles as a nation evidently means very little to Dick Cheney and those of his ilk. And to invoke the lack of further attacks after 9/11 as a defense for the entire debacle in Iraq is laughably invalid, kind of like claiming that pulling over more speeders in Oklahoma prevented the next Timothy McVeigh.

    August 30, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  17. Alean

    I feel some of you are not paying attenton. These people your are so set on protecting, were planning on killing you ,your mother and your children. I for one am very thankful this did not happen ,becasuse the people that were in charge kept us safe.I also think God none of you were in charge.Because you can not see beyond your stupid nose You are acting like an ingrate.Obama is also on the ingrate list,.

    August 30, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  18. Bob

    When I was growing up I was taught that the difference between Us (U.S.) and Them (dirty rotten commies) was that They believed that the ends justified the means. We were better than that. We would never lower ourselves to the likes of Stalin or Hitler or Pol Pot.

    Bush/Cheney changed that.

    August 30, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  19. Mary

    The Republican Playbook

    Accuse the other side of doing what you are doing!

    August 30, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |

    Adolph is dancing like a cat on a hot tin roof. Get him President Obama! Size him up for pin stripes. Haliburton, secret oil meetings. Bring it all out for the people to see.

    August 30, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  21. KCguy

    All you people who claim that people from the previous administration are war criminals and should be investigeted please show me the law that says waterboarding is torture. Yes torture is illegal – but there is debate on if the adhanced interrogation techniques used were turture. Until that is determined the investigation is a waste of time and money. Of course wasting money is what the current administration seems to do best.

    Another thing the Dems should remember is they wont hold the White House forever. Investigating prior administrations like this could be precedent for the same thing to happen to them. And if you think the Chicago style politics they are playing is completely legel – your dreaming.

    August 30, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  22. Bld

    The Chaney administration did NOT prevent more attacks on our once wonderful country. The terrorists killed over 4,000 of our troops just in Iraq, and here at home, in our country, they were able to destroy thousands of families, and finally, they were able to destroy our economy. That's protecting us from further attacks?

    August 30, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  23. debbie

    So was investigation of a sitting president for an extramarital affair. I wonder which one of these is really more important to sniff out and correct – in terms of the American people. Duh. Cheney, get lost. You are an evil man.

    August 30, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  24. richard

    Cheney, Bush, Rove and all the other crooks and scoundrels belong in Jail; I guess that why he objects to a further investigation into the illegal activies they all were party to.

    In the meantime, American citizens rights of privacy are taken away daily under the guise of National Security. How many American Citizens were involved in planning or carrying out 9/11 ?

    It is time we tell our Government that the Patriot Act should apply to foreigners, not American Citizens. Stop collectiong data, reading our e mails, listening in on our telephone calls.. Tne NSA, CIA FBI and DSA need oversight.

    August 30, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  25. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    More lies and distraction from Cheney. He's obviously trying to cover his own tuckus. He's guilty of a crime and knows it. Curious as to how much his 'blind trust' portfolio has grown from 2001-2009...

    August 30, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
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