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. GetOverIt

    If he was really concerned about "what was right for the CIA", then he wouldn't reveal the identities of agents, like he did with Valerie Plame.

    August 30, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. Eric

    "I knew about the waterboarding, not specifically in any one case but as a policy we approved,"

    This is all you need to know. Cheney knew about and approved of torture. Torture is illegal per the US Constitution, the most fundamental law of the land. This man is a criminal, as is anyone else who knew about and participated in torturing detainees.

    Whether torture "works" is irrelevant. It's illegal. If an administration wants to commit illegal acts, they're free to amend the constitution to make it legal.

    August 30, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  3. James

    "At issue is whether the enhanced techniques led to suspects providing valuable information that prevented further terror attacks."


    The after the fact notion that illegal activities prevented more terrorist attacks is the arrogant mindset that is causing the U.S. to lose legitimacy in the world view. We fight desperate battles with terrorists because of this mentality. If we actually lived by the virtues we supposedly defend none of this would be an issue.

    I think it is a fairly simple issues to resolve if the statement that they are

    "...arguing they produced valuable intelligence without violating U.S. laws banning torture."

    is true or not. If not, then the people who authorized the techiniques that go against INTERNATIONAL, not just U.S., law are international war criminals and should be punished as such. How much would we stand for these techniques being used against our soldiers?

    August 30, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. Hendrik

    Hello Mr. Cheney,

    When the tide is rising and our feet get a bit wet, we run for higher ground. Are your feet getting a bit wet? Are you finally feeling the heat a bit you heartless piece of trash? You are a disgrace to our country and the values it stands for. Shut up; your breath stinks.


    Isn't it great to use Fixed News as your 'trumpet"? The right wing mouthpiece meachine. Let me puke.

    August 30, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. Ramon

    The U.S. as a country is screwed! This type of thinking will allow terrorists to get into the US, violate our laws, kill our civilians, and here we are worried for their rights under our laws.

    The CIA operates outside the US. To be effective, they cannot be bogged down with the silly laws that apply inside the US. Otherwise let the FBI be in charge of intelligence in the world and read Miranda rights to Osama Bin Laden when he gets caught.

    August 30, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  6. yoyolite

    It was Cheney and Bush's inept handling of info given before 9/11 that caused 9/11. Through guilt of mishandling the intelligence they over reacted and committed crimes in the process. It was their mishandling put AMERICA AT RISK. Now Cheney is trying to shift the blame off of him.

    August 30, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  7. rev

    There goes 'Dick' Cheney flaunting the law again. This guy is a total crook and should be investigated, prosecuted, and incarcerated with the worst prison scum we have... just to make him feel at home. He'd be great as somebody's 'prison wife,' since he was an abomination as a vice-president.

    August 30, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  8. david

    The few individuals that are in question as far as receiving the beat down (interrogation) where alkida masterminds. If they had Clinton, bush or Oboma in there interrogation room they be dead by the end of it to say the least. These are direct opponents to the free thinking patriotic American so anything those CIA boys need to do to piss them off is fine with me as long as I don't have to know about it.

    August 30, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  9. JinJ

    Is the fact that there were no follow-on attacks in the U.S., and evidence is abundant that others were planned, merely a coincidence? Liberals don't want to admit that Cheney's EIT policies kept them safe.

    It's easy to criticize from the comfort of security.

    August 30, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. yoyolite

    I thought Cheney wanted the truth to come out. Now he wants a coverupThe AG called his bluff. HHHMMMM!!!

    August 30, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  11. John

    Torture is torture. Results don't matter. If I sell drugs, it is illegal, regardless if the money I made was used to build homes for the poor. Republicans repeatedly have this problem. They illegally sell missiles to the Iranian terrorists, thinking it's okay as long as they use the money to fund the contras in South America...ENDS DO NOT JUSTIFY THE MEANS. We have courts for that and we have signed international treaties. Cheney et al belong in The Hague. It's not politics, it's rule of law.

    August 30, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  12. quarterback

    So you Neocons think we should use any means necessary.

    First, any captured American warfighter for the next century is going to be tortured.

    Second, give me your names. I will report you as an enemy of the state. We will seize all of your assets. Put you in prison without trial. And if you give us any problems, we might just kill you.

    Welcome to the new America. Is this what you idiots want?

    August 30, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  13. Alan

    Why this administration talk always about investigating the CIA instead of the terrorists who killed thousand of Americans? Can somebody please give me an answer to this question.

    August 30, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  14. Gio

    The investigation will show that the CIA acted in what it thought was a correct manner based upon advise from the AG and Legal Counsels of the Administration. Therefore, no one at the CIA will be prosecuted for following what they thought at the time was a "lawful order."

    Who will and should be prosecuted: The AG, Dick Cheney, Scooter Libby, Karl Rove and the lawyers who drafted the opinions.

    August 30, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  15. Tom

    Of course it is political, he used his power to commit murder and try to cover it up by calling it covert. Someone has to make this man accountable for his actions and using PRIVATE corporations as hit men for the US. IT is a shame we have done this and his balls should be held to the fire so he answers for what he has done.

    August 30, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  16. welches, oregon

    The American People (nay the World's People) hate you Cheney.

    You are a liar, thief, murderer, coward, hypocrite, criminal and should be living out your life in a federal prison – hopefully with Bush, Rumsfield, Rice and Powell and the like, for what you thugs did to America and Iraq.

    On with the investigations!

    August 30, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  17. Brad K.

    Jeeeezzz what a chorus of like-mindedness here – 100% of you are Bush/Cheney haters – what a surprise! Nothing new I guess, since this IS CNN ... one of your little liberal watering holes. Your lack of critical thinking/reasoning and cult-like need to be identical to each other, is really a pathetic display of lemming-ness – how about you all follow your cult leader Obama off a clif somewhere?


    August 30, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  18. Dan

    The long view of history will show Bush and Cheney were heroes who had the courage to do what needed to be done. And that Obama and the lefties would stoop to anything to deflect public attention from their screw-ups. The lefties are making America look weak in the eyes of the world, thus inviting our enemies to attack us.

    August 30, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. Lame Duck

    No Dick!
    you are trying to duck out of what the investigation will uncover. It will confirm that you are a sinister, torture activist who sent our country in the wrong direction. Now its time for Obama to get us off the failed policices of the "wrong doers"

    August 30, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  20. Riaz

    Dick basically thinks any country can use "enhance techniques" defined and approved by its own government to prevent attacks.

    So it basically means Dick is at peace with all the "ENHANCED TECHNIQUES" that were carried out by VietCongs because they were basically trying to find information from our soldiers to save lives of their people and government !

    Here is what Fox news headlines would look – "Iranian government uses Enhanced Techniques to curb the opposition. Chinese are routinely using Enhanced Techniques to silence democracy".

    August 30, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  21. Captain, USN

    Dick Cheney has done incalculable damage to this nation over the 8 years that he manipulated a weak minded president. Is it too much to hope that he would retire quietly from public life and allow the rest of us to repair the damage he has caused? Let's hear no more from him...please.

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

    I support Eric Holders' push for investigation. Justice must be served.....If we as civilians break the law, we have to answer to that. It must be the same for all. The notion that this is making the CIA not want to do their job is insane, and infers unpatriotic suggestions....These brave menand women, have signed up to protect this country, and to say b/c an investigation is taking place there, that agents, and higher ups will not want to do their job is a joke.
    If they must, a agent, a soldier, heck a average civilian will do what is needed to protect this country........Again the right wing is pathetic.
    They have been totally discredited over the past eight years, and yet they continue to recieve coverage as the truth telling bunch......I wish John King would ask real questions, and correct politicians w/ facts instead of asking questions that only ask for opinions......

    August 30, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  23. Expat American

    Raising the erroneous wheel of fortune 'terror level' on the eve of the 2004 election was definitely not a political move. Putrid Republican scum.

    August 30, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  24. Dan in CA

    I am sure that the politicians used similar reasons to force citizens of Japanese descent at the beginning of World War II into internment camps. And at the end of the War, I am sure that supporters of the camps professed the number of American lives saved becauseof the internment camps. History has shown that these camps were not something that Americans are proud of and it will be the same for some of the tactics used by the Bush administration on the fight againsts terrorism. Cheney will be recorded in history as one of the worst Vice Presidents of all time. This opinion isn't coming from a left wing liberal, but from a moderate conservative and registered Republican.

    August 30, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  25. Janet

    What's the matter Cheney, afraid they will find out all the illegal and evil deeds allowed under your administration. Afraid your evil deeds will come back and bite you? I think that is why you are so afraid to have anyone probe the torture issue. You should be scared – God know you broke man's law but it is also most obvious you broke God's law too! You did nothing to protect us as our borders were like a sieve and you were willing to sell our port labor to the country of Dubui from whom 911 terrorists lived. You sir are a coward and a very evil man who works in stealth to destroy anyone who disagrees with you. Satan owns you and we all know it.

    August 30, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
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