August 30th, 2009
02:43 PM ET
5 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. tonyt

    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."

    Question is, who sets the limits?

    Putining a 500 pound wt. on someones chest is ok.
    That crushing feeling!

    August 30, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. Dawn Ada, Ohio

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

    YOU ARE KIDDING RIGHT???? He's trying to duck responsibility???? This is just proof, in black and white no less, that this man is absolutely INSANE!!!

    August 30, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  3. darrent123

    It's called checks and balance,,, Obama & Holder are right for looking in on what's been going on over the past 8 years. Cheney and Bush were under the influence of power and orchestrated and maneuvered for more of it. They were creating conditions of unquestioned authority and accusing anyone of being unpatriotic if they did. Our Constitution and the moral fabric of our nation must be guarded carefully. it is not for sail or compromise. Torture is BAD, no matter what the reason. The Geneva convention articulated our stand on these matters – Cheney undermined all that.

    To coin a phrase for Enemy of the State (movie) "who's gonna be monitoring the monitors"..........Obama & Holder and the American people with transparency. Check and Balance folks. That's what was needed then. Let the investigation begin!

    August 30, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. Gilligan Stump!

    They're gonna getcha, Dick. You got it coming. Remember the day you didn't call the jets? 3,000 innocent dead on your head. I hope they get you before your heart does. Enjoy hell.

    August 30, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  5. Bryan

    The next time a building falls in NY how many of us are still going to be whineing about being too mean to the people who did it?

    Seriously, how many of the self rightous idiots out there calling for the CIA to be decimated would feel the same way if it ment the saving the lives of thier children?

    By the way real torture leaves marks.

    Isint it a little funny that when Obama gets in trouble with the left over health care that this issue just happens to come up?

    I'm not expecting CNN to post this

    August 30, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. Jason Freely

    Cheney should just be shot DEAD! He's nothing but a criminal and trying to redirect investagations that will out him. He's just as evil & corrupt as Adolf Hitler. The taxpayers are also footing the bill for his EXTENDED Secret Service protection. Why? He's nothing but a babbling bafoon. Just get rid of him and save the taxpayers a lot of needless expense. Not just the U.S. but the world would be a better place.

    August 30, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. nea

    I truly believe that Presient Obama wants to move on but at the same time he knows that noone is above the law and in a sense this is not totally up to him.if that was the case we wouldnt still be here talking about this. My belief is you broke the law you have to pay for it. So no matter who you are politician, President or Vice President. Also if this was President Obama who broke the law where do you think he would be right about now?

    August 30, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  8. Somebody Else So CNN Will Approve My Post

    Time to investigate ALL crimes of the Cheney/Bush administration and put people like the Head Spook into prison for the remainder of their lives. … Maybe at Gitmo. How's that Dick?

    August 30, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  9. former enlisted

    I think the whole Bush admin. looked rediculously imoral and blatently stupid from the start, as well as many others serving with me. Makes me wonder why the repubs always claim they have the service members in mind they never had my concerns about torture in mind. In a true Republic no one votes and there is no middle class, keep that in mind when you see cheney sqwirming on tv. He snubbed his nose at the concerns of the whole nation for eight years now he is so concerned with what we think, as an investigation may occur. "Obama promised us he wouldn't prosecute." Are you freakin' kidding me?! why the need to ask in the first place? Doesn't sound like a guy with a clean conscience to me. Want to play tough guy/ hardliner? Well we'll see how that shoe fits, huh?

    August 30, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. tonyt

    Why is torturing people okay for us to do but we hold other countries accountable for violating treaties?

    War Crimes!

    August 30, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain

    Of course, Cheney is against this – he has always been into lying and secrecy, and Holder's investigation would blow the lid off all his deception.

    August 30, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  12. Diann

    God Bless Eric Holder! Please be brave enough and strong enough to investigate and bring these criminals who have almost destroyed our country to justice. Do not allow yourself to be frightened off by the self serving and powerful or the politicians. This is so important to restore the faith in our Country. If you can do this, you will earn yourself a greater place in history than all others before you. I will pray for you to do so.

    August 30, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  13. Julie

    Cheney needs to be prosecuted. He'd look good in orange.

    August 30, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. JinJ

    The obvious difference being that the Vietcong administered permanent physically damaging torture techniques while the U.S. administered non-physically damaging EIT under the close scrutiny of doctors and agency monitors.

    But, other than that glaring difference...

    August 30, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  15. John Anker

    Osama Bin Laden may as well retire.
    Barack Obama is doing a great job of destroying this country for him.
    Maybe he is Bin Laden's follower?

    August 30, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  16. RONNIE

    OMG! The Nazi like tactics of the Bush White House should be investigated and all of them should be sent to prison for life.Who the hell does Cheney think he is?Dark Vader? In this country you pay for your crimes and this group should be no different!Bush/Cheney knew these tactics were and still are against the law even in war and they chose to do it anyway.

    August 30, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  17. annie for Palin

    Keep this in the back of your mind – should any of the scumbags now trying to destroy our country ie dead fish emanuel, holder, etc ever get kidnapped and we capture the ring leader of the gang that did that – please DO NOT TORTURE him to make him tell where the victims are being held captive.

    August 30, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  18. Webster Thomas

    Those who break the law or encourage the same must be punished, if we are to be a law obiding society. To feel you are above the law because you are a high ranking official cannot be tolerated. Clearly the tactics used during the Bush administration are violations of national and international laws and agreements. The Attorney General should proceed with the investigation and bring those who violated the law to justice. Regardless of who they are or were, if we are to be a nation of law and order. To do otherwise is to nullify all we supposedly stand for nationally and internationally.

    August 30, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  19. LMC

    Heaven knows Cheney and the Bush administration never did anything political! We used to be above using the techniques that the Bush administration lowered themselves to use. Harsher techniques do not get better information. Instead prisoners will say ANYTHING to get the torture to stop. I want our country's reputation back!!

    August 30, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  20. Bill Smith

    Cheney should be commended for his patriotism and continuing to stand up for what is right even though he is no longer in office. It was a difficult time in our history when are country was being attacked by terrorists. A lot worse than a little water and sleep deprivaition was forced upon the over 2,000 people who were murdered on September 11. How soon we forget and go into our self-absorb worlds where others like Cheney have the courage to stand up and handle this issue head on. Cheney is a true leader.

    August 30, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. nea

    Political or not if its wrong its wrong lf you commited a crime you commited a crime.Also to ASTRO TURF THIS OR WHOEVER: Im not member of Acorn or any group Yes im am a Obama supporter and a true American too. People can say that G. Bush And D. Cheney kept this country safe for 8 yrs. But let me say this my safety and security is in GODS hand it was only by the GRACE OF GOD that this country havent been attacked yet.

    August 30, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  22. Artie

    What else could it be other than political ? These people seek every opportunity to destroy the opposition and consolidate and strengthen their power; the country be hanged!

    August 30, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  23. Dan in Florida

    If it were politics, Cheney would be giving interviews from his jail cell.

    August 30, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  24. GummyMike

    Cheney seems to be proud of the fact that there have been no more direct attacks since 9/11. Let me state the obvious for the millionth time: The last attack on the mainland US before 9/11 was in 1812. So Cheney held his post during the first attack on mainland US soil in 189 years. Way to go, Mr safety czar. You seem reluctant to take credit for THAT.

    August 30, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  25. 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 |
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