August 25th, 2009
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Cheney takes swipe at Obama over prosecutor

Dick Cheney is criticizing the latest Obama move .

Dick Cheney is criticizing the latest Obama move .

(CNN) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney is again taking aim at President Obama, issuing a statement Monday suggesting the administration's decision to name a prosecutor to investigate CIA interrogations under President Bush fuels "doubts about this administration's ability to be responsible for our nation's security."

"The people involved deserve our gratitude," Cheney said in the statement. "They do not deserve to be the targets of political investigations or prosecutions."

The former vice president also said documents released Monday prove enhanced interrogation techniques yielded valuable information that "provided the bulk of intelligence we gained about al Qaeda."

"This intelligence saved lives and prevented terrorist attacks," Cheney said. "These detainees also, according to the documents, played a role in nearly every capture of al Qaeda members and associates since 2002."

"The activities of the CIA in carrying out the policies of the Bush Administration were directly responsible for defeating all efforts by al Qaeda to launch further mass casualty attacks against the United States," he added.

Related: Cheney says documents show interrogations prevented attacks

Late Monday, the government released declassified CIA documents originally requested last May by Cheney. The former vice president had argued they would show enhanced interrogation techniques saved lives.

While analysis in the documents says information from detainee interrogations "helped thwart a number of al-Qaida plots" and "arrests...disrupted attack plans in progress," it remains unclear from the heavily redacted documents whether that information was obtained through the enhanced interrogation techniques Cheney defends.

The documents' release came the same day Attorney General Eric Holder asked federal prosecutor John Durham to examine whether CIA interrogations of suspected terrorists were illegal after the release of a 2004 CIA inspector general's report into further questionable interrogation techniques.

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  1. KMAN

    When Cheney opens his mouth is consistently raises a foul lying stench!

    August 25, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  2. RG

    Save it for the judge, Lord Vader.

    August 25, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  3. Betrayed in Michigan

    When we start to congratulate and appreciate torture and criminal activity on our behalf, we are no different than Muslims who applaud terrorist attacks against us.

    We betray the very standards that our morals and values have been built upon and cannot expect any better in return.

    August 25, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  4. Gary

    Why don't we waterboard Mr. Cheney to see what he and the Haliburton Corp did for Iraq? Why did the Haliburton Corp. have to move out of the United States to continue business????

    August 25, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. Citizen M

    Cheney just doesn't get it, and likely never will. The ends DO NOT justify the means.

    August 25, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. CR

    Dick Cheny is a scoundrel.

    August 25, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  7. Jay

    Dick you remain a product of the 19th century, unable to grasp the fact that the world, and particularly America, has changed since slavery, colonialism and running this country as if it functions in isolation and therefore can selfishly inflict pain and suffering on others without considering consequences. You really think your dispicable decisions and actions saved lives, Dick? Ask the families of service men and women who have died in Iraq and Afganistan because of your lies and political grandstanding! You represent America at it worst, morally, ethically and everywhere in between.

    August 25, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  8. Joe in DE

    Chaney knows that a fullinquiry will lead to him and will do evereything possible to avoid it.

    August 25, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
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