May 12th, 2009
10:53 PM ET
14 years ago

Liz Cheney suggests Obama 'siding with terrorists'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Liz Cheney joined her parents on a trip to the Middle East in March 2008."]
(CNN) - Liz Cheney is picking up where her father left off when it comes to taking aim at the Obama administration, saying Tuesday the new commander-in-chief appears to be siding with terrorists.

In an interview on Fox News, the daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney sharply criticized the new administration for agreeing to release photographs depicting alleged abuses at U.S. prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan during the Bush administration.

"I think it is really appalling that the administration is taking this step," she said in the interview. "Clearly what they are doing is releasing images that show American military men and woman in a very negative light."

"I have heard from families of service members from families of 9/11 victims this question about when did it become so fashionable for us to side, really, with the terrorists," she continued. "You know, President Obama has a lot of rhetoric about support for American military families, support for our men and women who are fighting for us overseas. But if he really cares about them, then he wouldn't be making such an effort to release photos that show them in a negative light."

Late last month, Pentagon officials said the hundreds of photographs released are from more than 60 criminal investigations from 2001 to 2006, and show military personnel allegedly abusing detainees. But the officials rejected allegations by the American Civil Liberties Union that the photos show a systemic pattern of abuse by the military.

In her interview Monday, Cheney also echoed recent calls from her father for the Obama administration to release classified documents detailing information yielded from the aggressive interrogation techniques since denounced by the president.

"They seem only to be interested in releasing things that really paint American in a negative light and don't give the American people a full picture of what went on," she said.

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  1. donttreadonme

    I agree a liberal just cannot win this war. Obama doesn't have the sack to do what must be done. He and Clinton are already bowing down to the Taliban and investigating our military for supposed civilian casualties during air strikes.....makes us look guilty

    May 12, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  2. Louise

    Hey Fitz in Texas....and Lizzy are right he is... he does... he always has what's to make a fuss over....
    How do you spell terror? A terrorists knows where he stands!
    Millions think you are on the mark!

    May 12, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  3. Truth Hurts - Self Righteous Buzzkill

    As a former military officer, I am embarrassed about the abuses that took place and praise President Obama for shedding light on these pictures. Perhaps it will prevent future Presidents and military officials from making these war-crime mistakes again.

    May 12, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  4. Ted

    Can the Cheney's just shut up? I am tired of those rightwing nuts speaking out. They have no record at all to support there neocon bullmanure.

    We have already seen despicable pictures of what happened at Abu Grhraib and some low ranking soldiers went to the brig. Bush and Cheney should be brought up on war crime trials for acts against humanity.

    Liz Cheney – you are just like your dad -angry. get over it. I was angry for eight years while your dad played co-dictator.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    May 12, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  5. Sidney Jacobs

    Just because Bush and Cheney may have done unsav ory things during their administration doesn't make everything Obama does right for the country.
    Obama is wrong in this matter aas he has been in so many others.

    May 12, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  6. tom

    Dick Cheney supports torture because of the results it got us. So when John Mc Cain denounced his country under torture that was the truth? When American GI'S in Korea denounced their country they were telling the truth? During World War II when allied soldiers denounced their countries they were telling the truth? My president maybe a foreign born, muslim, fascist, socialist, who pals around with terrorists but he never renounced his country the way our American Heroes did.Oh they were heroes? And the people we water boarded told the truth just like our soldiers and now they are heroes in their countries. Elitists like Cheney should be waterboarded until they lose their sense of entitlement.
    P.S. Thanks Dick I bought Halliburton at $22 where did you get in?

    May 12, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  7. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Ah please!

    but then again that is the price to pay for freedom of speech and it does shows us how tolerant we have to be towards that freedom even if all we can say is ah! please!

    People and government supports American military families but in no case do people and government can support negative light if such negative ligths deminishes our values and principles and in fact increases anti american sentiments.

    May 12, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  8. State of Tennessee

    Liz Cheney is correct. Of course Obama sides with the terrorists. Didn't you all realize that when Acorn solicited you to vote for him? I don't recall Bush or Cheney ever bowing down and kissing the hand of the king of a Islamic state while representing the people of the United States.

    May 12, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  9. SBZ

    These reports are part of history and history is showing the Bush/Cheney Administration as being reckless and overly aggressive in their tactics (all mostly called for by Cheney – let's not fool ourselves...). Now Cheney and his family want to re-focus the blame for his bad behavior. Torture was banned with the Geneva Conventions for a reason – it is not a reliable tool for intelligence gathering. The Cheneys are simply unhappy and scared with the way that history is going to portray them – arrogance has no limits. Please go back to Wyoming and stay, Cheney Family!

    May 12, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  10. Dave bourdon

    It's called truth. Liz. Your husband created more terrorists than we can count. And BTW, he's a war criminal.

    May 12, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  11. Tom

    Dick, Liz, Whoever Cheney: Go home, live a good life, and stop talking to the rest of us. We don't want to hear a word you have to say.

    May 12, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  12. Ia Guy

    So, showing what the military is actually doing is a terrible thing? My brother is in the military, served in Iraq, and no - he would never have abused these people in that fashion.

    But it does happen everyday...we are just supposed to look the other way?

    May 12, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  13. Danny E. Gonzalez

    Liz, it is about accountability and responsibility, if people got out of hand and made bad decisions, they need to pay for them... no one is above the law... you are being so hypocrate about this... it really is un-becoming...

    May 12, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  14. erin

    What exactly is this woman's role in the political arena? Why are we now hearing from her every other day, when the last 8 years there has been not a peep? I for one amd tired of this little girl shooting her mouth off, saying unintelligent comments and acting surprised when someone dares to question her credibility. Seriously...find a new person to victimize.

    May 12, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  15. Moderate Democrat

    It's unfortunate we have cowardly dirt bags in america's citizens that would pursue the use of torture, forfeighting what many of our veterans have died to protect. When you have no guts and you have no honor and you have no integrity, and you are a complete moron incapable of protecting america (as witnessed the morning of September 11th), you turn to the notion that torture is acceptable.

    This is NOT your home...we are the home of the BRAVE...not the cowardly, terrorist tactic enforcing failures. Cheney and those who advocate torture are the most vile and cowardly forms of americans I have ever had the displeasure of knowing!

    May 12, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  16. stu

    dick cheney is a very dangerous man. he likes to do the thinking for all america....whats best for us. that means seceret torture, seceret biohazard disposal, seceret weapons, seceret, seceret, seceret.
    i hope he retires never to be seen again.....and his daughter too

    May 12, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  17. Naomi

    It is appalling that considering what her father did to this country that Cheney's daughter would dare open her mouth about ANY ONE. Her father is a criminal and should be tried for war crimes. I think they know that and that is why they are deflecting all the ugliness that is starting to seep out about the 8 years of the Bush/Cheney regime onto this administration. And what is the relevance of anything the Cheney's have to say? At least Bush is smart enough to keep his mouth shut.

    May 12, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  18. Dimples

    Liz Cheney can keep her suggestions to herself. The American people are well aware of what went on the past 8 years. President Obama is the new commander in chief and he doesn't take orders nor suggestions from the Cheney gang. Remember the Abu Ghraib photos of torture and prisoner abuse under the Bush/Cheney administration? Need I say more?

    May 12, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  19. Logan in Denver

    It appears that the Cheney's are throwing the political spin machine into full swing knowing that the justice department is eyeing the incredibly illegal activities that occurred in the Vice President's office the last eight years. Whether anything is done to Dick Cheney on the legal front for his attacks on decency and the American Constituiton is one thing, but using his daughter to insult the intelligence of the American people is another.

    May 12, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  20. irwin

    I'm just appalled at how much print and air-time these people are getting, It shows how the media are in bed (embedded) with our politicians. The father's a criminal, and the daughter's a 'knowbody'. It would be better to ask the opinions of 'people on the street', than ththe self-serving opinions of a discredited opinions (And why don't the media have the guts to say that 'waterboarding is torture, as we prosecuted Japanense for it. Period! What a gutless lot!)

    May 12, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  21. Robin

    Yes, RELEASE EVERYTHING. Let Americans choose for themselves. Then again, most liberals can't handle the truth.

    May 12, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  22. Bob

    So why are we still listening to any of this family's members regarding the past offenses to humanity and saying that it's OK? Wasn't this country founded to prevent injustice from happening? In whose judgement is hurting "anyone" for "any reason" really OK? I leave it to others to judge that, but I don't think torturing anyone, so that I and my family can sleep at night, is justified. I think there are other ways......perhaps by establishing a peaceful relationship with others? Hmmmm, I'm just sure that continued escalation of violence isn't going to get this done right. So who cares we're releasing the photos, they were seen in the news in the past anyways. Let's get past this atrocity and learn from it.

    May 12, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  23. Former US Airmain

    Like Governor/Wrestler Ventura said, "Mr. Cheney, if the techniques worked so good, Why don't we have Bin Laudin?"

    May 12, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  24. P. Y.

    Of course she says these things. She and the other family members are afraid that eventually this whole torture thing is going to catch up with her father, and I for one hope it does. He should spend the rest of his natural life in jail. This family cares nothing about the American people and never did.

    May 12, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  25. MBB, Pittsburgh

    "negative light" How quickly she forgets that her father and his midget minded side-kick W. ordered thaoe otherwise honorable solders to do such things to their fellow human, terrorist or not. If seeing such immages stirrs a viserol reaction that reaction should not be focused on the solders depicted in those pictures but rather at the leader that ordered those solders to do those unspeakable things.

    Following orders is not the crime; giving the orders is the crime. Both W. and Dick are War Criminals and should be treated as such, Maybe she can visit Dad in prison or better yet get a gallery seet in front of the gallows.

    May 12, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
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