Cheney Calls Probe ‘Political’
By Stephanie Woodrow | August 25, 2022 9:15 pm
Dick Cheney

Dick Cheney

The recent decision by Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate possible violations by the CIA of anti-torture laws adds to the growing body of evidence that President Obama’s Department of Justice might not be responsible enough to care for the nation’s security, Dick Cheney said in a statement released to The Weekly Standard on Monday. The former vice president also termed the probe a “political” investigation.

In the statement, Cheney said:

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

Earlier this year, Cheney directly attacked Obama on his ability to protect the U.S. from terrorist attacks, The Boston Globe reported.

DOJ did not immediately respond to a request for a comment.

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