August 30th, 2009
02:43 PM ET
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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. James M.

    It's ridiculous to hear our former Vice President admit that he believes it is ok to overlook treaties made between the US and other nations, such as the Geneva Conventions. To admit publicly that you favor enhanced interrogation techniques completely undermines these treaties and agreements, at the same time puts our very own soldiers who were out there fighting HIS war in danger. By saying you will not follow the accords stipulated in the Geneva Convention, you are giving the enemy absolute right to treat our soldiers in the exact same manner. From a very common sense approach, Cheney, through his own admission, simply does not care about our soldiers and their families.

    August 30, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  2. JPH

    Cheney has been successful in shifting the terms of the torture debate from its legality to its effectiveness.

    No one remembers that Cheney & Bush justified the invasion of Iraq by pointing to Saddam's human rights abuses and torture chambers.

    We used to be a country of the rule of law, where torturers were prosecuted...now we defend them.

    August 30, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  3. mike

    Whatever happened to the Geneva convention? Bush and Cheney threw it out the window. The Japanese killed thousands at Pearl Harbour, yet we did not resort to torture. These actions put our brave servicemembers in danger by telling the terrorists it's okay to torture. When did this country lose our honorable standing in the world? When Bush and Cheney were elected!

    August 30, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  4. Sol in LA

    Maybe we should give them milk and cookies next time. It's absurd and you people are clearly utopianistic. These people killed Americans and committed mass murder and you want them to be treated like normal prisoners. They plant road side bombs and kill young American soldiers all the time. The drill or gun were never used on anybody. So what if they got a little scared, they should be scared. They are terrorists! It saved lives, period. I'm sure if and when we get hit again you people will think in a different way.

    August 30, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. Thomas

    You know, I like Cheney when he was the V.P.

    At least he was out of sight and kept his mouth shut then.

    Now he just a frightened little LAW breaker. Yes, LAW breaker. Our country has laws, and no one is above them, no matter what the circumstance.

    If we want to use those tactics, we need to change the laws and treaties first.

    August 30, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  6. GT Hill

    The obvious thing to do here is to use the same interrogation techniques on Cheney to learn about even more criminal activities that occurrred during the Bush administration than we already know. Better yet, just kill him.

    August 30, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  7. Bill

    Anyone who thinks this witchhunt isn't political is naive. Every move our presidant and his regime make is political. But don't blame Obama, it's all he knows how to do. Too bad he isn't in charge of his presidency.

    August 30, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  8. rtl

    And the GOP's reaction to government medical coverage
    ISN'T political?! Come on, Cheney. SOME people want to be moral and humane. Doesn't mean the terrorists have more rights than innocent civilians. But to say it's "political" when all the GOP seems to do these days is say "NO" and scream at medical coverage events...well, SOMEONE has his head up his _____.

    August 30, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  9. FloridaJeff

    Mr. Cheney, oh Mr.Cheney! Finally we know the absolute truth about you - keep the drills and guns out of this guy's grasp. Politically motivated? Let's see, why did we go to war in Iraq again..Mr.Cheney can you refresh us on that piece of intelligence again......

    August 30, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  10. Semper Fi

    It is obvious that these staunch supporters of Cheney as well as these torture techniques never once served on the front-lines. You have no clue to what you say, no sense of history, and you are as easily led as herded cattle. If Cheney was a real man or even a real leader he would openly acknowledge that he broke the laws as well as the constitution in effort of protecting the US and face the music by going to jail. He sends men and woman to this oil-war in Iraq and asks them to give their life – he should give his freedom for his crimes.

    August 30, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  11. Joe Burton

    The evidence is overwhelming that Cheeney is awaiting a criminal trial and does not want "Bubba" as his cellmate when he goes to prison.

    August 30, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  12. Aaron Thompson

    "I think he's trying to duck responsibility for what's going on here, and I think it's wrong," Cheney said.

    How can this man possibly say that Obama is the one trying to duck responsibility? It is very obvious that Cheney and Bush broke the law and do not want anyone to divulge their responsibility in the traitorous acts. What a fool!

    August 30, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  13. Catana L Barnes

    I say we use the exact same torture techniques on Dick Cheyney and the entire BUSH administration...I'll bet they provide some pretty important information!!!
    Torture works huh?!!!
    Anybody that thinks torture nets a truthful answer should be tortured!!!
    FOOLS!!!

    August 30, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  14. BobR

    More "flip-flops" by the community organizer accidentally elected to the Presidency. He's governing by poll results but the polls are limited to the Left.

    August 30, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  15. Joe the Pundit

    I am disgusted that Cheney received an extension of his secret service protection beyond what is usually provided. How dare the government take our taxpayers' money to continue to protect this war criminal while he shoots off his mouth on Fox News. He can certainly afford his own protection, and hopefully soon he will receive the protection he deserves – solitary confinement at a maximum security prison!

    August 30, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  16. Ari

    The infinite wisdom of Darth Vader never seizes to amaze me!
    Did he just figure this all out by himself? Impossible!
    This latest one is up there with all the other diamonds of wisdom he presented us with:
    1) WMD in Iraq
    2) Al Qaeda and Saddam connection
    3) Nuclear weapons produced en masse by Saddam with Uranum bought in Africa.
    4) Endless plots to destroy the US averted by him and
    5) The torture techniques he supported that have saved us etc

    This guy is beyond psychological help. He's mental and he is out there!

    August 30, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. Dixon

    Cheney used his position to benifit his contractor friends and could care less about our country. He proved he is willing to spend all the money Haliburton asked for. On the other hand he couldn't update the equipment our soldiers needed to be safer and complete the mission. He couldn't find the money to care for our soldiers who came home with serious issues both physically and mentally. History will show Bush/Cheney as the worst team ever in the White House. We haven't seen a worst VP since the Nixon/Agnew days.

    August 30, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. Thomas

    Cheney is not an impartial observer on this subject.

    August 30, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  19. JimmyK

    If it was wrong, when we were right, to prosecute the Japanese, who committed war crimes by subjecting ours as well as our Allies to such treatment then it is simply wrong.

    Was the World wrong when they HUNG those found guilty of such a crime? Dick should stand up and say we were WRONG to prosecute the Japanese for doing this. If he is not willing to do that then it is HE who is being "Political" and as he has consistently proven, simply full of it.

    August 30, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  20. Nick the realist

    Crime is crime and must be punished. You can't rob a bank, give some money to the homeless, and then justify the robbery on the one good thing that it produced. We have to hold people responsible for crimes accountable, or this country and everything it is based on is a giant joke!

    August 30, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  21. mike in NYC

    I don't care what is done to terrorists if it gains us security. The proof is in the pudding - whatever methods have been used for the last 8 years has worked. Don't change a thing!

    August 30, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. JLS

    It is time for Dick Cheney to move on. I thought he had a bad heart and dropped out of sight during the election. I really wonder how John McCain feels about Cheney and Bush's decision to torture. Let's hear from Senator McCain!

    August 30, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  23. bosmom

    WHEN is Dick Cheney just going to go away?????

    August 30, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  24. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    Unlike the Bush administration, Eric Holder is NOT Alberto Gonzales.

    The Justice department is supposed to be a separate branch of government and should NOT be choosing which laws to enforce and which laws not to enforce, based upon the whim of the President or Vice President.

    August 30, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  25. bobo

    Cheney keeps saying torture worded because we were not attacked after 9/11..... but we were attacked. Remember the anthrax letters?
    He want you to pay no attention to that because it was actual terror planned by people(s) who knew what they were doing.

    August 30, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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