Were Bush & Cheney Policies Criminal or Critical?

Feb 4, 2009 3:28pm

In his confirmation hearings newly sworn in Attorney General Eric Holder stated his belief that waterboarding was not only a harsh interrogation technique but torture.  It was of course a technique employed by the Bush administration.  He has not said whether or not he will push for an investigation of the past administration. Some would like to see just that.  Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, has publicly stated she wants a closer look into whether laws were broken over the past 8 years.  Specifically, the firing of the federal prosecutors.  But lest you think the former administration will go off into retirement quietly, not so fast.  It has only been a few weeks but Dick Cheney is speaking out.  The former vice president, in an interview with Politico, takes some pretty big jabs at President Obama.  "When we get people who are more concerned about reading the rights to an Al Qaeda terrorist than they are with protecting the United States against people who are absolutely committed to do anything they can to kill Americans, then I worry," he said.  The first days of the Obama administration was all about undoing big, controversial policies championed by Cheney (such as closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay).  Cheney defended the Bush administration’s approach in bold, 9/11 terms:  "If it hadn’t been for what we did – with respect to the terrorist surveillance program, or enhanced interrogation techniques for high-value detainees, the Patriot Act, and so forth – then we would have been attacked again." ABC’s Rick Klein in The Note observes the following:  "Part of what’s interesting about the interview is that is strongly suggests that Cheney — more than George W. Bush — will be the public voice in defense of the Bush administration’s policies."  Stay tuned. 

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