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. Rick

    Once again the democrats show us which side they are on. Do democrats support a single thing to defend against these terrorists?

    June 27, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  2. Voter

    Aren't these the same people who flipped out when Valerie Plame was "outed?"

    June 27, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. Jeremy

    Of course the comment was in bad taste but it brings to light a growing concern that those responsible for some of the more despicable policies of the Bush administration have been cowering behind their executive privilege. In the future, the State Department might have some tough decisions to make: if we attempt to bring vicious war criminals like Mugabe and Al-Sadr to justice, we may experience pressure from the international community to allow the prosecution of our own war criminals such as Cheney and Addington.

    June 27, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  4. Jeb

    The republicants are full of it, no one watches C-SPAN

    June 27, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  5. Typical White Person

    Mike – "This is America, people used to want to come here."

    Based on the 20 million illegal immigrants we can't get rid of and the thousands more that are caught each month on the border, I'd say they still do...

    If you think this is such a rotten place to live, name a better place.

    June 27, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  6. Donna

    Funny how the Republicans can dish out the name calling, snide remarks, etc but they WHINE when the tables are reversed...GROW UP....

    June 27, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  7. TONY

    REMEMBER THIS???????????

    Black said he deeply regrets his comments.

    (CNN) — Charlie Black, a senior adviser to John McCain, said Monday he "deeply regrets" his comments to Fortune Magazine suggesting a terrorist attack on the United States would benefit the Arizona senator's presidential campaign.


    June 27, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  8. Patrick

    Yeah Mike there is no "real threat from Al Queda" I forgot what was that thing they call 9/11 all about again?

    June 27, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  9. Christopher, Madison, WI

    Hey Peter E, is this more childish then Cheney saying "so" to the will of the American people!?!? I say let Al Qaeda have all the republicans. In fact, let's gift wrap the cowards and express mail them. Boo hoo righties cry some more. Your side has played the fearmongering card for the last time. Rock on President Obama and Bill Delahunt. The light of day and the truth hurt the evil right side of the aisle. Can't you take out what your side has dished out for 8 years. There's plenty more coming down the pike for you guys! Perhaps if you cried like John Boehner....

    June 27, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  10. gastoys

    Democrats and Republicans are the disease of the planet and we need real change in Washington!

    June 27, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  11. MIT MAR





    June 27, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  12. Eric G

    this is silly.. we saw the complete transcript of the discussion and people still are angry about it? Give me a break and dip into your common sense pills and take about 30.. both are douchebags and im glad they both were seen on TV and will not guard either

    June 27, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  13. RR

    Sounds like witness protection is going to receive a new member!

    June 27, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  14. tully

    it is no secret democrats want america to lose the war on terror. Thats just too bad! America will not quit fighting for freedom and will defeat the terrorists. Wake up people! Al Qaeda will not rest until they accomplish their missions. Why should we?

    June 27, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  15. Greg

    A stupid remark and better left unsaid. I though resent addington for putting myself and other service members at risk for torture because of the policies he helped set into place. No longer can americans be proud to be above the despots because our torturing detainees has lumped us in with the bad guys. I'm equally disappointed in McCain who has flip flopped on the issue after being a torture victim himself. SHAME!

    June 27, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  16. I Dont Recall

    How can any republican argue that they deserve to be elected when they apparently can never remember anything that they do? Addington, Gonzalez, Bush, Cheney, all the way down the line, their favorite line is "I don't recall." Since republicans' brains are sieves, I guess we can't be surprised.

    June 27, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  17. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    'Addington' should not have brought the comment, especially after 'Black' made the comment he made. Isn't the bush administration responsible for the tv program in the middle east that we (American taxpayers pay for?)

    June 27, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  18. cmon

    Seriously guys – how exactly should one respond when a person says they can't answer a simple question because "al Qaeda is watching"? Addington might as well be wearing a tinfoil hat.

    Anyone who actually believes Delahunt was calling for a terrorist attack on Addington is insane. Anyone who repeats any such notion is a partisan hack. Let's cover some actual news, like why Addington wouldn't discuss whether he talked to Bush about waterboarding.

    June 27, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  19. Joe, Boston

    Delahunt is an idiot. I'll be very surprised if he and other's that represent MA will be re-elected. Time to get rid of Kennedy, Kerry, Delahunt and the rest of them.

    June 27, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  20. seth

    I refuse to believe that you Repubs even believe the things that come out of your mouth. Anyone suggesting that this was anything more than poor taste is an idiot.

    June 27, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  21. Nina

    I hae always been a democrat but the last few weeks something every day comes up such as this and much worse , the Chris Dodd debacle that I have decided to become an independant. Lou Dobbs has it right, the democrats and republicans are just a bunch of panderers.

    June 27, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  22. smile

    now the repugnants will, once again, bring 9/11....floks, they do not have anything to say, period......as for the tough guy image. ..it will go down the toilet as these repugnants have taken this country....tough????? extremely questionable.......

    June 27, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  23. Christian Vreeland, Traverse City Mi

    Not the correct way to express something that is certainly the correct opinion. I agree with Mr. Delahunt, but he could have made his opinion known in a much more sensible way.

    June 27, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  24. skunkrat The Marine

    Believe me the Terrorist already know all of the BUSH GOONS. It's funny how this bunch of WAR CRIMINALS continues to attempt to Vail themselves in patriotism. It needed to be said and others should step up and say the same. George Bush & his band of Criminals have broken every law imaginable while hiding behind executive privilege. The entire GANG should be tried for TREASON & WAR CRIMES.
    I know that this will never be posted. CNN is the most POLITICALLY CORRECT network on the planet.

    June 27, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  25. geecee827

    Well, in the words of Dick Cheney, "SO"....

    June 27, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
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