June 27th, 2008
12:30 PM ET
13 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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  1. E. POWELL I MD, E POWELL MD II & ER. POWELL MD

    ONE MAN'S TERRORIST IS ANOTHER MAN'S FREEDOM FIGHTER. THE REPUBLICANS MADE THIS GROUP WHAT THEY ARE TODAY. IF THEIR OWN COUNTRYMEN ARE TURNING THEIR BSCKS ON THEM THEN THAT SPEAKS FOR ITSELF. IF ANOTHER MAN KNOW HOW TO FIND THEM AND START A WAR WITH ANOTHER GROUP (COUNTRY) TO DEFLECT ATTETION. THEN AND ONLY THEN YOU GET WHAT YOU ASKED FOR. OUR FIGHT WAS WITH THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE. WE KNOW WHERE THEY ARE BUT WE STILL FIGHTING THE WRONG PEOPLE. IT IS NO WONDER THEY ARE THIER FREEDOM FIGHTERS. THE OLD SAYING FITS PERFECT -
    TORTURE BEGETS TORTURE.

    June 27, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  2. BigChad (IA)

    About time a Dem talked tough. Addington's one of the minds behind this brilliant Middle East strategy...one of the chickenhawks ("tough" guys who want lots of war yet never served themselves). Where was the outrage when cheney told Pat Leahy to F himself on the floor of the Senate (then went on Faux news and bragged about it). He never apologized, why should our side?

    June 27, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  3. J IN CO

    AMERICANS ARE SO FICKLE... THEY KILLED THOUSANDS OF OUR PEOPLE AND EVERYONE ONE IS READY TO GO GET THEM.. GIVE IT A FEW YEARS AND NOW WERE PISSED CUZ WE ARE WATERBOADING THESE SAME PEOPLE THAT WANT YOU DEAD ANYWAY!!! MAKE UP YOUR MINDS MORONS!!!

    June 27, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  4. kaydeedee, nashville

    C'mon. Delahunt was being sarcastic in response to Addington's excuse for not answeing questions that Al-queda might be watching C-span. Pretty soon no one will speak at all because you can't say anything anymore. It's getting ridiculous.

    June 27, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. Catty

    Wow, Al Quada must be closer than we thought, they are posting hateful rants all over this site!

    June 27, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  6. Billy

    I guess republicans believe that the only people who should be targets of Al Qaeda should be the 18-25 year old troops that they have put in harms way.

    June 27, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  7. Ula Nejad- Sacramento Ca

    No wonder Democrats are seen as the creators of chaos and Republicans are seen by the public as losers. We have some idiots who have no sense of boundary and always have others clean up after them. I would suggest that Bill Clinton and Sandy Berger stay far away.

    June 27, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. jhl

    Addington's lack of candor underscores the truth of Ben Frankin's observation, "Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.'

    Bush, Cheney, Addington, Rumsfeld, Woo, et al continue to maintain that the US doesn't and hasn't use torture on detainees. What's not rendered explicit in this declaration is that because the Administration leave it exclusively to themselves to define what constitutes torture and other prohibited behavior - and don't accept definitions of torture and prohibited actions such as those outlined in the Geneva Conventions of 1949 which the US ratified in 1955 - we will never define any of our actions as torture. Alternatively, we"ll just say that detainees aren't POWs and we can do whatever we want with them.

    June 27, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    What a bunch of freaking crybabies! Addington, you can run, but you can't hide! And that goes for your boss, too!

    June 27, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. Nathan

    Actually, there is a huge issue hidden in this controversy: how should we treat the torturers among us and the policy people who paved the way for their actions? We have held the Germans and others to very high standards. Now we have our own torturers–as well as our own desk-torturers such as Addington and Yoo and Gonzalez. As citizens of a democracy, we have an obligation to hold these people accountable for the evil they have done. How are we to do this? Delahunt's comment was very clearly the wrong way to go. But what is the right way? And are we all doing our part to see that justice is carried out? Let's hope that the House finds it way on this issue.

    June 27, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. vw

    This so-called democratic party is no longer democratic and it will go to hell with its dirty chicago pilitic tricks.
    God bless USA

    June 27, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. Pete

    If that comment was bad how about Bush with his "Bring it on" bravado? It's too bad that some of the people making policy don't get to experience the consequences.

    June 27, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  13. jc

    Yawn!! So what?

    June 27, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. Jaime

    Why bother posting? CNN is moderated by biased little rich white high schoolers...

    June 27, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. Chicano

    Democratic lawmakers would rather we baby captured thugs and terrorists? Maybe these Rep Delahunt should watch some videos of these thugs cutting off one of their captors heads! How about the ones dragging a dead corpse through the streets? How about the faces of young kids shot point blank in the face and left for dead? I wonder if democrats like Delahunt have ever heard the term "war is hell." At least this administration does what it has to do to insure these thugs are not put out there where they can continue to terrorize innocent people.

    June 27, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  16. Brad -Fort Worth ,Texas

    Why don't we let Al Queda hold David and they can interigate him, but only using the same constitutionally acceptale methods deemed by acceptable by David and Mr. Cheyney. but they will have to release him just as soon as the last person at Gitmo is either released or tried.

    June 27, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  17. Natalie

    As I said before my comment was so rudely deleted, they are VERY united! They're both playing for the team, which includes the people of the United States.

    Also, I will post on every blog that has an opening CNN so you can continue to delete my comments if you want to. The PUMA Pac founder, Darraugh Murphy, is a Republican!!! She donated $500 to McCain's campaign in 2000, voted for him in the MA Republican primary (have to be a Registered Republican or "unenrolled" to do so), and did not contribute financially to any democratic candidate's campaign. All the while she claims to be a lifelong democrat! Who's drinking the kool-aid now PUMA people? You've been bamboozled by the Rush Limbaugh in a dress!!!

    Obama/Clinton '08

    June 27, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  18. Rob indetroit

    Mccain is in trouble.

    June 27, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  19. CALI DUDE

    Yeah...
    Republicans can Dish it out... but they cant take it..

    June 27, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  20. Michael

    Some democrats clearly do not love the country they represent and want America to lose. It's pathological. No use wasting time debating it.

    June 27, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  21. Allen from Hartwell, GA

    Rep. Delahunt deserves a medal for calling a snake a snake. The Bush/Cheney administration has almost destroyed this nation, and it's time that they and all their supporters pay for their crimes.

    June 27, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  22. Richard

    Go McCain.

    June 27, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  23. Val

    Yo – LJ in Cypress,

    Get your facts together. It wasn't Romney who made those comments about Obama.

    On the subject matter: DELAHUNT'S COMMENTS ARE DISGUSTING. I am ashamed to admit that I live in the same state that this jerk is from.

    June 27, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  24. tc

    Funny that the Republicans are incensed by this comment, but "Bring em on" apparently is not encouraging terrorists...

    June 27, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  25. Serge the DEM in Miami

    Addington is a tool for an amoral administration. Delahunt was frustrated with this "hide behind the administration's shield" thug. He mis-spoke and he was wrong. But Addington, Bush & Cheney should be held accountable for war crimes. There is no excuse for their approval and implimentation of torture.

    June 27, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
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