June 27th, 2008
12:30 PM ET
15 years ago

Democrat's al Qaeda comment sparks Republican ire

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - A Democratic lawmaker's comment that he was "glad" that a top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney could be identified by al Qaeda has sparked outrage among Republicans at the White House and on Capitol Hill.

During a contentious House hearing on harsh interrogation techniques for terror suspects Thursday, Rep. Bill Delahunt, D-Massachusetts, was pressing David Addington, the vice president's chief of staff, about meetings he attended while serving as Cheney's chief counsel.

Delahunt asked repeatedly whether the topic of waterboarding, a controversial interrogation technique that simulates drowning, ever came up.

Addington replied that he could not discuss that because "al Qaeda may watch C-SPAN."

"Right," Delahunt responded. "Well, I'm sure they are watching, and I'm glad they finally have the chance to see you, Mr. Addington."

"Yeah, I'm sure you're pleased," Addington shot back.

"Given your penchant for being unobtrusive," Delahunt said about Addington's ability to stay behind the scenes.

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soundoff (183 Responses)
  1. Mike

    Delahunt: WHAT AN IDIOT.

    June 27, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  2. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Addington is a snake who will be answering for his war crimes at the Hague very soon!

    June 27, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |

    This guy is a complete idiot. We all know the LEFT does not like the Right. However, what would this dip think if something did happen to Addington because of this? More than likely he would say he was just doing his job. The left is always trying to play gotcha. I wonder what shift Delahunt is going to take to make sure these radicals don't harm Addington???? Oh wait Delahunt is a radical.........

    This guy is the picture of STUPID> Unring the bell Delahunt.......

    You are a disgrace to me and should be to your party.

    June 27, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  4. therealist

    This is the political hate we have come to expect from liberals..

    June 27, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. J S Ragman

    This is what happens when a disgraceful administration outs a CIA operative and the person or persons responsible go unpunished. I would call this a partial payback.

    June 27, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  6. Patrick

    Addington: WAR CRIMINAL!!

    June 27, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. Mike

    Haha, now this guy will be fine and it will prove there is no real threat from Al Qaeda. Why does this government have to keep us in fear. I know a few other governments that have done that in the past and are doing it now. I dont know how we get away with ousting people like Sadaam and criticizing Cuba and North Korea. Lead by example. This is America, people used to want to come here.

    June 27, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  8. insanity

    err.. republicans are morons !!.. Delahunt was clearly being sarcastic !!
    Seriously !!.. what's wrong with these people !!
    Repukes are a Bunch of Morons !!!

    June 27, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  9. Photon Torpedo Dallas, TX

    I'm a democrat but... Rep. Delahunt... that wasn't very bright.

    Yes We Will
    Obama 08'

    June 27, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  10. RealityKing

    3000 people just rolled over in their collective 911 grave in Manhattan. Is there any doubt that Delahunt couldn't feel it..

    June 27, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  11. Angus McDugan

    It is so odd because neither the Democrats or Repbulicans intend to do the best for the nation. Funny how 2 ends of the spectrum have the same goal and the paths are so different.

    June 27, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. mike

    finally, white house cronies are beginning to be held accountable. about time!

    June 27, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  13. Peter E

    Cheap and childish comment. Just like all democrats. And as such, not even newsworthy.

    June 27, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  14. Peter E

    A democrat made an inappropriate comment? Stop the press! Now THAT's news...

    June 27, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. J. S.

    I'm a registered Democrat and this irritates me. No one should put another American, for that matter, another person, in harm's way. I'm sure he just "MISSPOKE"...and then he'll say "Get over It"

    June 27, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  16. insanity

    wow !!

    err.. republicans are morons !!.. Delahunt was clearly being sarcastic !!
    Seriously !!.. what's wrong with these people !!
    Repukes are a Bunch of Morons !!!

    June 27, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. JL

    A Democrat coming out on the side of Al Queda. What a shock.

    June 27, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. Bishop

    Good for you, Mr. Delahunt!!!

    June 27, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  19. Jim

    Yeah like they haven't said outrageous comments against Democrats...doesn't tasting your own medicine just...hurt...it's ok...it's ok...

    June 27, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  20. Enlightened Voter

    We all know cheyney is crooked, this isn't news. On another note remember when Barack was accused by mcstupid of appeasement for saying he would use diplomacy with the North Koreans...well now look at what gwb just did, he removed sanctions against them and opened up diplomatic relations. Barack is proving to have very sound judgement and is some what of a progressive thinker. Love to know what mcstupid thinks now.

    June 27, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  21. Suziku

    I frankly don't care what the Republicans think!

    June 27, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  22. Citizen

    Cheney is a THUG.

    June 27, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  23. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Totally disagree with the (not so) subtle inference of "your face can now be identified as a target."
    Course, Mike Huckabee could clear this up for us, couldn't he?

    June 27, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  24. Loretta from California

    Oh, why not just baby him? Addington is not sitting in a high chair. It's time to expose the Bush Regime's policy.

    June 27, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  25. Citizen

    Oh yea, it is alright for Cheney to out a spy, but no one is supposed to know what he and his criminal band of THUGS are up to.

    June 27, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
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