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. AstroTurf This

    This puts our country at great risk. Again, Obama caves to the Pelosi far-left. They are dismantling the very intelligence angency that keeps us all safe all for political reasons. Not only will it make us safe now it will deter future intelligence people from joining the agency to begin with. Think how hard it will be to recruit people with the Democrats barking at the door, trying to score points with their far-left loons. It is further evidence in my mind how dangerous the progressive liberal movement is. They are not thinking about what is good for our country. All they care about is money and control. Nancy Pelosi needs to be thrown to the curb.

    August 30, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  2. Lori, Houston Texas

    No Dick, it's not politically motivated, it's morally and constitutionally motivated. You seem to have forgotten long ago that the government is WE THE PEOPLE. When you chose to chip away at the moral fabric of our country, we saw it and called you on it. And, like bin laden, we will never stop coming after you to make sure you pay for your horrid deeds. Keep sweating, Dick.... that sound you hear is the sweet sound of justice slowly and surely coming your way.

    August 30, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  3. Steve Brozene

    why when the people who write on these walls who are republicans refer to everyone else as you people as though democrats just arrived on this planet and took their toys away from them. if most of these conservatives spent less time watching Fox News and more time reading the constitution maybe just maybe they would stop being manipulated into showing up at town halls and disrupting the meeting for the sake of the GOP . when asked what plan they to have offer they bring nothing to the table and the only reason Cheney is being so talkative vs when he was VP in the White House is the same as a ventriloquist putting the dummy away in a box the dummy cant speak because the ventriloquist has to speak for himself now and it appears he is backpedaling cause that's all he has got .

    August 30, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. Philippe

    Of course, i suppose that the dems and their followers would be able to explain why annoucement on the Bush administration anti-terror policy always come up when the president Obama is facing criticism and dificulties on domestic policy like health care and other........ President Obama, you play that game to much, we americans are not stupid !
    By the way, Dave in Albuquerque you think you really know what war crime is ? If you want to know, ask the kurdes how Saddam used to do it. Since forever and everywhere, enhanced interrogation techniques are used in time of war. It's never consider as a crime except when a goverment playing politic.

    August 30, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. Karine

    Terrorists come to your country to fly planes into buildings and blow up people and then you worry about their well being.
    They should be dealt with accordingly .
    I have never been a Bush supporter but I do give him credit for keeping the country safe ,
    Surely , nobody is so naive to think that there were not more terrorist attacks planned.

    August 30, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. Rich

    Well that's great. Now history can never separate if the suspects knew about the torture program before they were tortured. I am certain their is a skeleton key out there somewhere that would show what a sick and perverted pile of crap Platoon Leader Cheney was. It's hard to find it even though it is in plain sight but let the solar winds take you under America's big top for the show you never wanted to know existed. The truth may set some people free, but I am absolutely certain it would cause a jury of reasonable peers to give Chicken Hawk Cheney a lethal injection, and it would not be staged.

    August 30, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  7. chris

    You people are all hillarious. You think Cheney is the first person to do things behind the scenes? All of you who are quick to burn the guy at the stake have years of experience in intellegence gathering and know the ins and outs of the worlds happenings I assume since you have made such firm decisions on this man's choices...

    August 30, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. Walter

    To the "goodie two shoes" who are so mad because bad guy terrorist may have received a very small dose of their own medicine please keep your statements in mind when a terriost bomber hits a large daycare center or school. After the Obama administration makes all of our secrets known as well as let the world know that we must not hurt their bad guys. Then, how do you suppose we will gather needed information? Why even capture the bad guys? Oh yes, we will capture them then call you soft hearted do gooders so you can bring them moon pies, t-bone steaks, give them massages, provide them with prostitutes, etc. Let's not hurt them in any way. If they kill our family and children so be it, if we treat them good at least WE won't have to feel guilty. Go ahead Obama, tell the world we CAN't hurt terrorists!

    August 30, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. cora

    ecuse me but why are we still talking about dick cheney ? did not the latest documents show that he was not truthful about what the water boarding really did do? and he"s just trying to save his own hide.

    August 30, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. churchill

    When asked directly if he was "okay" with the enhanced interrogation techniques, even if interrogators in some cases exceeded legal limits, Cheney replied: "I am."

    Obviously, the rule of law means nothing. So why have legal guidelines? Who is this man? Who does he think he is to have such flagrant disregard for the law? This man is beyond silly. He is a threat to this country. What is troubling is that this megalomaniac is frequently given a platform.

    August 30, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  11. DMR

    Mr. Chaney, let's investigate. If you did nothing wrong, you have nothing to fear. If you did then you get your chance in the Federal Court system to claim your innocence.

    August 30, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  12. John, Brooklyn, NY

    I guess Mr. Cheney thinks he was above politics when he advocated the violation of US and international law by supporting torture.

    August 30, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  13. george - nj

    What did Cheney and Bush do to prevent 9/11 from happening in the first place when intelligence reports were available to them for taking appropriate action? Absolutely nothing! They were too busy planning the invasion of Iraq dismissing the Clinton administration 's advice that Osama Bin Laden and Al Queda were the real threat to our country. How could they not see this threat after the USS Cole incident in October 2000, just 3 months before taking office! Bush and Cheney were a disgrace!

    August 30, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  14. Mike in Texas

    Of course it's political. It is the Dems turn to go after the Republicans. When the Republicans get back the power they can go after who they want. It's all a political power trip. Both sides play it so don't act like one does and the other doesn't people.

    August 30, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  15. James Michael Roberson

    If Cheney did not know of any instances where waterboarding was used how does he know that we received such good intelligence from its use?

    Lie number ..... ahh who's counting.

    August 30, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  16. Grace

    Cheney is a shameless, selfish, and evil man. He needs to be silenced by the investigation outcome, so his lies would not go into history as "Cheney saved our nation" without any honesst proof.

    The fact still stands "9/11 happened under Bush & Cheney's guard" and I was glad to learn that Bush finally pushed him away in his second term and realized he was ill-advsied after all. In short, These two accomplished "violation of US and international law, ruined our economy".

    August 30, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  17. John

    We 'Democrats' are not so much worried about the 'terrorist' rights as we are about the how OUR captured soldiers must now face.
    From what we are told, nost of these Gitmo 'terrorist' were in the wrong place at the wrong time and are not enemy combatants. Or rather, were not enemy combatants.
    As to our constitution and laws being broken by previous administrations-We as a country either stand for something, or we die for nothing

    August 30, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  18. Barry

    The fact that Cheney seems to think throwing out our respect for human rights is far more disturbing than any investigation of crimes committed during the Bush administration.

    To see a former Vice President of the United States of America advocating torture is alarming. Thank God we are investigating such crimes.

    August 30, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  19. RPC

    As has been shown time and again during the 8 years of his Vice-Presidency and continuing in recent months, Dick Cheney's moral compass points due-South. I don't know why anyone even bothers with anything he has to say (myself included, I suppose) but eventually he's going to have to answer to a higher authority.

    August 30, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  20. Ken

    Dick Cheney served our country greatly, my guess is none of you bumbling idiots ever have. As for hiding the truth, it is not the truth he is trying to protect, it is the individuals that spent many of sleepless night trying to protect us, and these are the people that would be ate up by a political machine that no one would be able to stop. It's time to move on, also recognize that the left has realized that the health care issue is killing them and their only defense is to try and summon up an issue.

    August 30, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  21. I am Newt's ex wife

    Cheney lives in his own draft dodging lying world. I hope he rots in --.

    He is a waste of human life. What good has Cheney done? None!!

    Only a right wing nut job thinks dickie boy is relevant.

    Ol' Dick will say or do anything to stay out of's hoping he gets prison time

    August 30, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  22. Bob

    Mr. Cheney... to torture other people, even if they may possibly be criminals..., is not only wrong... IT IS HIGHLY ILLEGAL!!! Why you, George W. Bush, Alberto Gonzales and the rest of your crew that was involved in these crimes have not been taken to task for ANY of this yet is totally beyond my comprehension. Any other person(s) caught torturing others would be taken to trial, found guilty and sent to prison.

    August 30, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  23. SK in FL

    The man doesn't get it... his administration is mainly responsible for his party's overwhelming defeat in the 06/08 elections. We KNOW your point of view, Mr. Cheney, and we've REJECTED it...

    August 30, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  24. Kana

    It's one thing to investigate to ensure that our intelligence (CIA), military and law enforcement (FBI) personel involved with interigating terrorists followed lawful guidlines regardless of how unpopular some techniques are.

    It becomes political when the intent of the investigation is really a whitch hunt designed to undermine the our leaders for giveing orders that pertained to the laws of the United States at the time.

    August 30, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  25. AstroTurf This

    The difference between Democrats and Republicans? Republicans don't pay people to go on the blogs and make comments. Democrats go on Craigslist and pay people $500 a week to do just that. Isn't that patriotic and American? I would bet my weekly paycheck and 3/4 of the people writing responses on this forum are paid by the SEIU, Acorn and Obama OFA. They don't give a flip about the best thing for this country. They just know that when the progressive liberals pay them money they should do what they're told to do. I can't think of anything more slime ball than that. We are talking about terrorists who want to DESTROY this country. If you think the progressive liberals are going to pay you after they destroy this country guess again. You'll be eating Spam and rationing toilet paper like the rest of us.

    August 30, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
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