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. Republican officials are out for their own…no one else

    What about that McCain advisor who said McCain's campaign would benefit from another terrorist attack against this country. Where was the outrage then? Why does it only come when there own is the target.

    Granted it wasn’t a smart thing to say but I want to know where was outrage among Republicans on Capital Hill and in the White House last week when McCain benefited from us being attacked. They were might quite then so they should do the same now.

    June 27, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  2. Ken Pittsburgh

    tough talk tfrom thr crowd that got the US in the postion that we are in today. I notice no one from the WHITE HOUSE toook blame for the outing of a CIA AGENT There was a time you would call it tresaon.

    June 27, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  3. Saad from NJ

    This is so sad. Wrong judgment, wrong approach and wrong choice of words by a democrat who is questioning a proven and for a fact wrong person who worked for a wrong boss. These many wrongs make up a sad time which makes people like me sad.

    June 27, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |

    Where have we heard that excuse before?

    I cannot answer that on the grounds that the terrorists might see or hear me lie too... along with the American citiczens...

    June 27, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. James, SC

    Let me think here.

    Addington is now in fear that his identity is exposed because the Representative Delahunt questioned him on C-SPAN.

    News for Addington: Your name and title was already being displayed when you spoke. Unless you were behind a blackscreen, Al Qaeda knows who you are.

    Now, if you wanted to truly protect youself and your family, then why didn't you tell the VP to stick to getting rid of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and not start another war (in Iraq).

    When you think about, is Addington saying that Al Qaeda is in the USA and is an active danger to us all?

    Furthermore, You idiots who are beating on the Representative didn't you also see Addington on the TV? This is just another republican cover-up. Spin, spin, spin.

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

    th is 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 idiots and im glad they both were seen on TV and will not guard either

    June 27, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  7. Peter E

    Let the partisan hacking of the deompublican/repucratic (two sides of the same filthy coin) establishment begin! That way they can avoid dealing with actual issues for another couple of decades!

    Vote Ron Paul! Change you can TRUST in!

    June 27, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. Crush Rush

    Addington should be in prison or hung for treason.

    June 27, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  9. independent

    if the us hadnt tortured people, you wouldnt have to fear for your life.this is excactly why,we should never allow torture,in this country.we'll be paying for this bush/cheney gaffe,for years to come.

    June 27, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |

    As Ronald Regan use to say..."Well... uhh..."

    Rebublican Moron or Oxymoron..?

    June 27, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  11. Glenn

    Bush, Cheney and the rest of GOPers made this mess and now they are lying in it. It is going to be another 1964 Goldwater election disaster for McCain and Rove. Not only are they now lying in their own mess, they lied to get us into this mess and are lying now to cover up their lying and their mess.

    June 27, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  12. Typical White Person

    Enlightened Voter June 27th, 2008 2:13 pm ET wrote

    "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."

    The difference is that Bush (golly, I hate to defend this guy) waited to start lifting sanctions until AFTER NK started to disarm and is gradually lifting more as NK further shows its dedication to disarming. And Bush refused to negotiate one-on-one with NK and instead had 6 nation talks so that OTHER countries had to pony-up a political stake in disarming NK.

    One-on-one talks with NK would not have done anything to move the process forward because NK would have accused us of bullying them and threatening to invade them and having secret plots to kill their leader...

    June 27, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. Michael Lorton Virginia

    Why is it called a "congressional hearing", when the congressmen do all of the talking? Ever thought about that?

    June 27, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  14. Scott L

    Dems don't think Al Qaeda exists, but the truth is that Al Qaeda is a collective code term to include all radical islamic groups that spread hate and violence towards the west and those who do not believe in their religion. Not sure what the Democrats don't understand about that.

    You cannot declare a war on radical Islam but you can declare war on Al Qaeda.

    Meanwhile, Obama wants to sit and have tea with all these evil regime leaders. Hopefully he has learned that strong arming North Korea and forcing the talks with US might and pushing for sanctions has proven effective. You don't just show up for tea with the guy. You strong arm him into submission. Haven't you ever watched UFC?

    June 27, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. skunkrat The Marine

    So Cheney, Bush, Addington, Rice, McCain and the rest of the Republican Party believes that Al Qaeda is not aware of the WORLD WIDE known FACT that this bunch of IDIOTS used torture? These Criminals continue to amaze me with how stupid they are in believing that the American public don't know that they are a disgraceful bunch of Liars.

    June 27, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. David

    It amazes me how the idiot Libs show their undeniable stupidity time and time again. Just another example.

    June 27, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. Upon Further Review,Texas

    What?You think they dont know who he is or what he did.The enemy is smarter than we give them credit for.They caught this moron asleep at the switch on 9/11.Maybe he was reading "My Pet Goat" too!

    June 27, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  18. Mike in Columbus

    LJ in Cypress,

    Huckabee said that, not Romney, but I tend to agree.

    June 27, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  19. Helene

    Come on Addington, everybody knows that waterboarding is a new sport at the Olympic Games. And you are the captain of the team !

    June 27, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  20. Brian, Pittsburgh

    The Bush administration is always finding new reasons to not answer questions. Now, it's because Al Qaeda might get cable TV. What a crock!

    Transparency and Accountability are sorely needed in our government. I hope the next president keeps his adminstration transparent, and holds these people accountable for the lies they've told us!

    June 27, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  21. Madison

    How come war mongering, terror threatening righties can't take a little dose of their own medicine?

    June 27, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  22. Eric G

    i love politics

    June 27, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  23. J in Houston

    Valerie Plaine was accidentally outted and is obviously quite fine. As a matter of fact, she's made A LOT OF MONEY because of it selling book deals to hatred hungry democrat publishers.

    Addington isn't getting out of anything, he still reports full disclosure during closed door meetings. It is ridiculous to say such a thing about another American during a time of war. You won't see Republicans asking for Al Queda to kill Obama. At some point we need to look past party lines and see that we are all Americans united against a common enemy.

    This is just an example of how much partisanship has taken over Congress. With 50 yr terms the group has become nothing but a pissing contest for the elderly. Demand term limits from your representatives!

    June 27, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  24. skunkrat The Marine

    Every time I read the comments of one of these cowards & draft dodgers I get sick. Maybe they will be the next target of the Terrorist.
    Bush & Cheney will never enjoy the loot that they stole from America.

    June 27, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  25. Hot Dog

    It is a travesty what the Bush regime has brought upon us citizens … I don’t find anything improper with Rep. Delahunt’s comments. The conservatives probably deserve better, yet today I don’t care.

    June 27, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
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