May 29th, 2009
02:26 PM ET
14 years ago

Levin: Memos don't show what Cheney says they do

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Democratic Sen. Carl Levin is challenging former Vice President Cheney's recent claims about the effectiveness of the Bush administration's use of harsh interrorgation techniques."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, says former Vice President Dick Cheney's claims - that classified CIA memos show enhanced interrogation techniques like waterboarding worked - are wrong.

Levin, speaking at the Foreign Policy Association's annual dinner on Wednesday, said an investigation by his committee into detainee abuse charges over the use of the techniques - now deemed torture by the Obama administration - "gives the lie to Mr. Cheney's claims."

The Michigan Democrat told the crowd that the two CIA documents that Cheney wants released "say nothing about numbers of lives saved, nor do the documents connect acquisition of valuable intelligence to the use of abusive techniques."

"I hope that the documents are declassified, so that people can judge for themselves what is fact, and what is fiction," he added.

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  1. Matt the Baker

    Everyone needs to watch the movie Taxi to the Dark Side. You'll notice two things: one, how criminal Cheney and Rummy are; two, how honorable McCain is. It's also an interesting thing to hear from hte very soldiers who were given the job of "soliciting information" from prisoners. The soldiers were tried in court while the policy makers got off free.

    May 29, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. Curtis

    Chaney should read the sign above the door to his left and (Exit) our lives forever.

    May 29, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. Cleaning up after W

    @Robin: "Easy way to solve this…

    Show the documents. Release them all.

    Obama can use that time to show his birth certificate too. Not that I care, but the fact that the man is going to spend over a million dollars to keep his birth certificate sealed peaks my interest."

    First of all, I can't believe extremists like you are still beating the birth certificate dead horse. Obama DID release his birth certificate, posted it on his web site, and it has been viewed and verified. STOP THE LIES.

    Second, did you or anyone else read the entire story? The documents CANNOT BE DECLASSIFIED yet due to two ongoing lawsuits. It's the last paragraph of the story. Go look for it. You can't miss it.

    May 29, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. kevin

    yes yes oh this is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YEAH YES YES YES . talking about stuff years ago, done to men who slaughtered 3000 americans. When are you people going to grow up. When are you Dems and Republicans going to shut up and HELP US OUT OF THIS ECONOMY???????????????? hello, this is stuff that is over and done with, lets deal with current problems, or are you all too lazy for that ? get with the program, help us with problems of now, not shadows of yester year. PLEASE, stop this now. stop this now. stop this now

    May 29, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
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