Cheney Reacts to CIA Torture Report

Monday, August 24, 2009 at 11:13 pm

As you’d expect, Dick Cheney’s biographer Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard is the first to report the former vice president’s statement:

The documents released Monday clearly demonstrate that the individuals subjected to Enhanced Interrogation Techniques provided the bulk of intelligence we gained about al Qaeda.

Ah, but the issue that Cheney kept raising in public is that the techniques themselves were responsible for that intelligence, a claim that the documents Cheney himself sought to declassify simply do not support. Anyway, continuing:

This intelligence saved lives and prevented terrorist attacks. 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. The people involved deserve our gratitude. They do not deserve to be the targets of political investigations or prosecutions. President Obama’s decision to allow the Justice Department to investigate and possibly prosecute CIA personnel, and his decision to remove authority for interrogation from the CIA to the White House, serves as a reminder, if any were needed, of why so many Americans have doubts about this Administration’s ability to be responsible for our nation’s security.

Not much in there about the irony of how Cheney’s career-long devotion to expanding executive power contributed to the overreach that Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision today attempts to correct.

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Comment posted August 25, 2009 @ 11:26 am

“The people involved deserve our gratitude.”

You can ask your cellmate Bubba for your gratitude when he's pulling down your drawers in the middle of the night, you warmongering subhuman psychopath.

We're coming after you, Cheney. If you were a patriot and not a coward, you'd keep a .45 in your night stand, and when they come up your driveway to cart you away to prison, you'd spare us the expense of trial.

But no, you're too much of a coward, so Bubba will deal with you.

Comment posted August 25, 2009 @ 12:56 pm

Yeah. Let the investigations proceed and the chips fall where they may. In the course of destroying this country, George W. Bush (the First Fool as I loved to call him) undid DECADES of diplomatic protocol.

Were these morons able to get information via torture? Sure they did. Most of that info was false. You see, under those circumstances, the person being tortured will say just about anything. It is quite interesting: no one in this administration (Excuse me, I meant to say, “THAT administration) was smart enough to figure this out.

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY

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Comment posted August 26, 2009 @ 5:30 pm

Dick Cheney is right! Torturing terrorist to get information that prevents attacks on the UNited States is the right thing to do!

John DeFlumeri Jr Clearwater, Fla.

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Comment posted September 12, 2009 @ 2:38 pm

how could breaking domestic and international law while treating people inhumanely be the “right thing to do”?
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