January 6th, 2010
03:36 PM ET
13 years ago

Liz Cheney echoes father

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/10/13/art.cheneys.gi.jpg caption="Liz Cheney is echoing her father's recent criticism of President Obama's response to the attempted terrorist attack on Christmas Day."](CNN) - Liz Cheney is echoing her father's recent criticism of President Obama's response to the attempted terrorist attack on Christmas Day, saying Wednesday the president has not taken sufficient national security steps in the wake of the botched plane bombing.

Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney and the founder of the nonprofit group Keep America Safe, released a statement calling on President Obama to reverse his decision to close the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, and to overrule the Justice Department's decision to try 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed before a civilian court in New York City.

Cheney also called on President Obama to classify the attempted Christmas Day bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, as an enemy combatant to be tried before a military tribunal.

"President Obama has weakened American security by treating terror as a law enforcement matter, refusing to use every tool at his disposal to prevent attacks, and taking his eye off the ball. America's homeland security and counterterrorism systems will continue to erode in the absence of strong, consistent, unwavering presidential stewardship," said Cheney. "It's time for the President to make defending this nation his top priority."

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  1. Lisa M.

    Liz Chaney and Papa DIck both need to shut up! He because he screwed up the country for eight years and she needs to shut it because she knows nothing and every time she opens up her mouth it shows.

    January 6, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  2. Big Ed

    So what? Liz Cheney is an irrelevant wanna-be anyway. She has made no positive impact on our nation, but she sure won't hesitate to give you her opinion. The problem is, no one cares what she thinks. Same goes for Dick "Five Time Deferrment" Cheney

    January 6, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  3. VON BISMARK -Vienna

    Like father like daughter; partners in torture emmitting tortured logic.

    January 6, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  4. Felonious Monk

    And we should listen to these TRAITORS for which reason?

    January 6, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. Ken

    I call upon the Cheneys to stop calling.

    January 6, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  6. Valrie

    Why Liz Cheney and her father won't shut up and go away

    January 6, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  7. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Shut her up.... who cares what she thinks?

    January 6, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  8. vet in texas

    Why do we as American's have such a short, selective memory? Richard Ried (shoe bomber) was tried in a US court.

    January 6, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. ScienceMan West Texas

    What's the surprise or news value here? Liz Cheney herself is just an echo of her father, and adds nothing except noise to the political debate.

    January 6, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  10. Al-NY,NY

    Shut your pie hole. Who cares what you or your old man thinks

    January 6, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. Peter Green

    So Liz Cheney is as dishonest, poisonous and crazy as her Dad; who didn't already know that? Why does the media even repeat such ridiculous garbage???

    January 6, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. Michael

    This family is toxic. Truly odious stuff.

    January 6, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. Pragmatic

    Do you remember that the Bush administration prosecuted shoe bomber Richard Reid in Federal Court for attempting to down a transatlantic flight using the same type of explosives found on Mr. Abdulmutallab.

    No one then questioned the Bush-Cheney administration's judgment. Liz Cheney ... the faint echo – face of the party of "I don't recall ....." You can't rewrite history, babe!

    January 6, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  14. RL.

    Why does anyone care what Liz Cheney has to say?

    January 6, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  15. byron

    why would Obama listen to the Cheney's? He didn't get elected listen to crazy people.

    January 6, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  16. American

    Liz, Please shut up and get a life

    January 6, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  17. keith A. sillsbury

    Oh look daddy, I'm just like you. I can act and walk and talk just like you. he he

    January 6, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  18. Wordygirl

    Both Cheneys are spot on. Treating these attackers as common criminals is exactly what led to 9/11 – the Obama administration knows and and so does America. Obama is too afraid of being seen as falling in line with Bush to do what is right for the country.

    January 6, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. Scott Plante

    Why does anyone waste time reporting the comments of Liz Cheney, the political equivalent of Paris Hilton???!!!

    January 6, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  20. Wmscot

    And we care , Why ? Another Cheney on a ballot some where ?

    January 6, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  21. don

    All of the Cheneys' are very scary people

    January 6, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  22. WHAT???????????

    Two blundering idiots in the same family !!!!!!! WOW!!!!!

    January 6, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |

    Who cares what Liz Cheney thinks? Why is this news? And if shes advocating the methods her father approved, we sure shouldn't listen to her - abrogating human rights and rationalizing torture do not make us safer!

    January 6, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  24. savior

    MAYBE WHILE YOU'RE at it , you can get your daddy to fess-up and tell what him and paul bremmer did with that 9 billion dollars in cold hard cash that just disapeared into thin air...... and have him explain where did he get the money to buy picasso's to stash away for the grand kids....... while you 2 look for dirt on people and how come you republicans are quiet on this topic while you hunt for dirt on democrats and undermine the president.

    January 6, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  25. Jim

    There is one word to describe Cheney but I know if I use it my post won't get through.

    They are just disgusting and hypocrites.

    January 6, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
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