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Cheney Calls CIA Probe A ‘Political Act’

From the Washington Post:

Cheney Slams Obama’s ‘Politicized’ Probe of CIA Interrogations

By Bill Sammon

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Calling it a "terrible decision" that undermines national security and devastates CIA morale, former Vice President Dick Cheney slammed the Obama administration’s probe of aggressive interrogation of terrorists.

"It’s an outrageous political act that will do great damage, long-term, to our capacity to be able to have people take on difficult jobs, make difficult decisions, without having to worry about what the next administration is going to say," Cheney told "FOX News Sunday" in a no-holds-barred interview.

In blunt, unsparing language, Cheney accused President Obama of setting a "terrible precedent" by allowing an "intensely partisan, politicized look back at the prior administration."

He said the decision by Attorney General Eric Holder to launch a probe into alleged abuse of prisoners under the prior administration "offends the hell out of me," as he seemed to question Obama’s fitness as commander-in-chief.

"I have serious doubts about his policies," Cheney told FOX News’ Chris Wallace in Jackson Hole, Wyo. "Serious doubts, especially, about the extent to which he understands and is prepared to do what needs to be done to defend the nation."

As evidence, Cheney pointed to Obama’s decision last week to assert White House control over a newly formed unit that will interrogate terrorists. The new arrangement shifts control of such interrogations away from the CIA and toward the FBI, although oversight will be exercised by the National Security Council, which is located in the White House and reports directly to the president…

Cheney ridiculed the new unit, which will be known as the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG).

"It’s not even clear who’s responsible," he marveled. "The Justice Department is, then they claim they aren’t. The FBI is responsible, and they claim they aren’t. It’s some kind of interagency process by which they’re going to be responsible for interrogating high-value detainees.

"If we had tried to do that back in the aftermath of 9/11, when we captured Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of 9/11, we’d have gotten no place," he said.

Cheney predicted the new unit will be incapable of effectively interrogating "people that may have knowledge about imminent attacks."

"They’re going to have to have meetings and decide who gets to ask what question and who’s going to Mirandize the witness," he said. "I think it’s silly. It makes no sense. It doesn’t appear to be a serious move in terms of being able to deal with the nation’s security." …

In his interview with FOX News, Cheney disputed the administration’s assertion last week that the decision to go after the CIA agents was made by Holder, not Obama.

"If you look at the Constitution, the president of the United States is the chief law enforcement officer in the land," Cheney said. "The attorney general’s a statutory officer. He’s a member of the Cabinet. The president’s the one who bears this responsibility."

Cheney said it was disingenuous of Obama "to say, ‘Gee, I didn’t have anything to do with it,’ especially after he sat in the Oval Office and said this wouldn’t happen. Then Holder decides he’s going to do it. So now he’s backed off and is claiming he’s not responsible.

"I just think he’s trying to duck the responsibility for what’s going on here," Cheney concluded. "And I think it’s wrong."

Cheney pointed out that the Justice Department already investigated all the cases in question during the Bush administration and decided to prosecute only one contractor, who received a jail sentence.

"The matter’s been dealt with the way you would expect it to be dealt with by professionals," Cheney said. "Now we’ve got a political appointee coming back, and supposedly without the approval of the president, going to do a complete review, or another complete investigation, possible prosecution of CIA personnel."

He added: "A review is never going to be final anymore now. We can have somebody, some future administration, come along 10 years from now, 15 years from now, and go back and rehash all of these decisions by an earlier administration…

We hate to say this, being such fans of his, but surely Mr. Cheney must be mistaken.

After all, Mr. Holder (undoubtedly at Mr. Obama’s behest) has regularly announced his intentions to de-politicize the Justice Department.

And certainly his every action has shown he intends to be true to his word.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, August 31st, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Cheney Calls CIA Probe A ‘Political Act’”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Mr. Holder, head of the Criminal Justice Department, is only doing what his master is telling him to do. His Nobama Care is taking a Town Hall beating and Barry needs a “end around” ploy to distract the sheeple.

    Cheney may call this a “Political Act” but I call it for what it truly is……… “A High Treasonous Act”.

  2. proreason says:

    Michael Schueller, no bosom buddy of Bush/Cheney was just on Fox News and was asked if this CIA probe helps the Terrorists. His answer:

    “Of course it does. It’s aiding and abetting the enemy…..no matter how it comes out…..the boys in the caves in Pakistan are doing a happy dance.”

  3. suek says:

    Palin/Cheney 2012!!

    Yeah… I know…

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