Cheney Takes On Obama White House — Defends CIA Interrogators

By Tom Johnson

Aug 25, 2009 12:34pm

Yesterday, the Justice Department opened an investigation into the CIA’s treatment of terror suspects under President Bush.  The investigation could potentially result in the prosecution of CIA personnel, something President Obama had previously suggested was off the table.  Since he left office, former Vice President Dick Cheney has strongly and publicly defended the Bush administration’s interrogation practices.  He quickly released a statement condemning the decision: “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.”  Full Text Here. Cheney also pointed to newly-released documents that do show that intelligence obtained from captured terror suspects prevented future terror attacks, but, as ABC’s Kirit Radia and Jason Ryan report, it’s not clear whether that information was uncovered through controversial tactics such as  waterboarding.  -Bradley Blackburn

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