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, Syracuse, NY

    Delahunt is a disgusting rodent. He should craw back into whatever hole he crawed out of.

    June 27, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  2. M.S. Indiana

    About time they get pulled out in public, cant wait to see dick and bush getting roasted !!!!

    Bet the republicans are going to stop all free speech now.....

    June 27, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  3. Amar

    Republicans are irate for this comment? Well the rest of the world is irate at the use of water boarding, which has been approved practically by the entire administration!

    If this were a democrat, republicans would've been outraged by the use of waterboarding. I wish democrats weren't such push overs.

    June 27, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. Sig, Los Angeles CA

    Good... and the Congressman better not apologize! It's about time these people get treated and branded in public for what they are.

    June 27, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. Frequent Flyer NYC

    I'm "glad" too!!

    June 27, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. Jan

    The snakes are showing their true colors–must be desperate–I don't know why–CNN polls show that dems are ahead–maybe they will crash and burn as usual!

    June 27, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  7. Adam

    Delahunt certainly exhibited poor form in this instance.

    Therealist – I can't believe you have the nerve to say that this is the hate you have come to expect from liberals when our current president's '00 and '04 campaigns were based on dividing the country by creating hate and distrust between people who hold ideological differences. It's clear to anyone with half of a brain that our politics of hate is the direct result of the tactics of Bush and Rove.

    Peter E – It's funny how you take a lame cheap shot at all Democrats for the (admittedly distasteful) comment of one Democrat. Your comment was just as childish and cheap as that of Rep. Delahunt.

    June 27, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. Fella from Chicago

    Delahunt had a brain fart and would not want to see any harm come to this man or his family. He wanted to come over as a champion of the Democrats, instead coming over as a buffoon in front of the American public. Barack, here's your VP.

    June 27, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. TexasLady

    It's amazing...the Dems can say anything negative about the current administration and it's okay and fine and wonderful.

    Its one thing to be accountable to the nation...it's something COMPLETELY different to say here he is Al-Queda...go get him.

    Yep, the Dems crossed the line yet again.

    June 27, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  10. Marie/Michigan

    Mike–I guess no one you knew died in 911–or was raped and butchered by Saddam Hussein–lucky you–and I thought democrats portrayed themselves as caring about their fellow man! (sarcasm intended)

    June 27, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |


    my gut reaction to the right's "outrage"...

    is a phrase that rhymes with


    June 27, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |

    Badge 714, Joe Friday ...

    Just the facts..

    They are watching.!

    And why not see his face? Is he the Lone Ranger? Bat Man?

    They can see Cheney & Bushes face.. And... Bush & Cheney made sure everyone saw Valerie Plumme's face.

    How Does it Feel? Now you know mr.Adingcon.

    June 27, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  13. Ilene from Michigan

    I hate Republicans.

    June 27, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. Vietnam Vet

    Give him as good as he gave

    June 27, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. RealityKing

    Now let's be real clear as to why this mindless United States Representative would want another US government official fingered by al Qeada, of all people, for torture...

    Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Abu Zubaida. The only 2 people to have been waterboarded by the CIA..

    Khalid Sheikh Mohammed divulged information of tremendous value during his detention. He is said to have helped point the way to the capture of Riduan Isamuddin (AKA Hambali), the Indonesian terrorist responsible for the 2002 bombings of night clubs in Bali. He also provided information on an Al Qaeda leader in England.

    And Abu Zubaida gave a great deal of information about the 9/11 attack plot. Such information was used by the Canadian government in seeking to uphold the 'security certificate' of Mohamed Harkat. Abu Zubaida broke after just 35 seconds of waterboarding, which involved stretching cellophane over his mouth and nose and pouring water on his face to create the sensation of drowning. 35 seconds!!

    June 27, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  16. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Addington is a Cheney man and helped start the war and was instrumental in the firing of those that didn't agree. They should bring in all of Colin Powell's attorney's and have them testify about Cheney and Addington. But it's not over yet, let the truth be told.

    June 27, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  17. Tired of W, OH

    I'm sure the republicans will flood this blog with all kinds of comments lumping this moron's words to all Democrats. I can say, as a Democrat, that I think it was a disgusting comment for Delehunt to make and I'm sure it will be widely condemned. That's the difference between dems and repubs. When we find an idiot in our midst, we call him out on it. When repubs find an idiot in their midst, they praise him and make him president.

    June 27, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  18. Sharon Minnesota

    Obama and Clinton appear in Unity, New Hampshire:

    Sorry, but I just have to get my two cents worth in here on the Obama/Clinton reunion. Hillary stop this madness before you totally ruin your credibility among people who have loved the Clinton's. I'm afraid I just couldn't help myself and (oh my god) I did watch this train wreck happen all over again. Hopefully, it won't go viral on utube! I'm sure that CNN will never quit talking about these two love birds now. AGHHHH

    From an ex-democrat who is now firing up for John McCain!

    June 27, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  19. former republican

    The republicans are whining now . This isnt over yet. You cry babies...

    June 27, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  20. RC

    stand back, look at both side and a good look at blackwater. Who is the terrorist? We all are.

    June 27, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  21. Marc S

    Don't do us any favors Al Qaeda...hahahaha

    June 27, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  22. Mike in GA

    And people don't understand why I disdain both parties? All Dems and Repubs are good for are screaming at each other and trying to hurt each other, obviously Dems and Repubs hate each other more than they hate terrorists.

    An obvious example of what is wrong with the 2-party system, and what is wrong with the federal government's intrusion into every fact of US life.

    D and R Politicians are no more about serving the U.S. citizenry than a man in the moon.

    Vote Libertarian – The Party for Free People

    June 27, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  23. Danny G. Boca Raton, FL

    so we need to conduct hearings behind close doors, is that what our democracy is coming down to... we fought the nazis and the Japanese in WWII, they were a force to be reckon with and we prevailed, we are now scared about a bunch of idiots hiding in Iraq and Afghanistan? please... the comment does nothing to endanger the guy, he had to state his name and ranking for the cameras long before the comment... have some common sense people...
    Republicans, get a life. Democrats don't be glad about terrorism then we could all start discussing how to deal with these idiots.

    June 27, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  24. LJ in Cypress

    This comment was just as tastless and inapropritae as the one Romney made about Obama, needing to duck away from a shooter

    June 27, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  25. Sean Mulcahy, San Diego, CA

    I hope all of the NeoCons either are hanged here in the States, rot their lives away in prison cells at The Hague, or are captured, tortured, and executed by terrorists. EVERYTHING they have willfully orchestrated has had absolutely nothing to do with keeping this country and its people safe. EVERYTHING they have done and are aiming to do is to enrich themselves and their cronies from the public treasury, destroy the Constitution, and impose a fascist "unitary" (read dictatorship) government onto this failing Republic. I will continue to fly the American flag upside down until these Traitors are executed or imprisoned.

    June 27, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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