Cheney defends CIA interrogators

Former Vice President Dick Cheney came out against those who want to prosecute CIA interrogators who may have used enhanced interrogation techniques on some prisoners.

Fox News:

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Sunday it's an "outrage" the Obama administration continues to investigate CIA agents who interrogated terror suspects, claiming they did nothing wrong and expressing concern about the precedent it sets.
Cheney weighed in on the probe after several Republicans and other ex-officials have renewed their call for the Justice Department to drop the investigation -- launched nearly two years ago by Attorney General Eric Holder -- in light of the killing of Usama bin Laden.

Though it's unclear what role so-called enhanced interrogation played in finding bin Laden, Cheney told "Fox News Sunday" the techniques probably "contributed" and suggested the circumstances make the Justice probe all the more unsettling.

"It's unfortunate," Cheney said. "These men deserve to be decorated. They don't deserve to be prosecuted."

Cheney noted there was a "complete investigation" during the Bush administration that concluded the agents had not violated the law. He said the decision by Holder to reopen that case and hand it over to a special prosecutor sets a "terrible precedent."

Cheney is right. The matter was investigated by career prosecutors at Justice during the Bush years. Now Holder is having a different bunch of career prosecutors look into it?

It stinks of politics. And pandering to the wild eyed liberal base that wants blood from someone in the Bush administration. The terror attacks that were thwarted, the actionable intelligence that was gleaned, not to mention the first leads on the whereabouts of OBL all came out of these interrogations.

A trial would be counterproductive and damage morale at the agency. Time to move on, period.




Former Vice President Dick Cheney came out against those who want to prosecute CIA interrogators who may have used enhanced interrogation techniques on some prisoners.

Fox News:

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Sunday it's an "outrage" the Obama administration continues to investigate CIA agents who interrogated terror suspects, claiming they did nothing wrong and expressing concern about the precedent it sets.

Cheney weighed in on the probe after several Republicans and other ex-officials have renewed their call for the Justice Department to drop the investigation -- launched nearly two years ago by Attorney General Eric Holder -- in light of the killing of Usama bin Laden.

Though it's unclear what role so-called enhanced interrogation played in finding bin Laden, Cheney told "Fox News Sunday" the techniques probably "contributed" and suggested the circumstances make the Justice probe all the more unsettling.

"It's unfortunate," Cheney said. "These men deserve to be decorated. They don't deserve to be prosecuted."

Cheney noted there was a "complete investigation" during the Bush administration that concluded the agents had not violated the law. He said the decision by Holder to reopen that case and hand it over to a special prosecutor sets a "terrible precedent."

Cheney is right. The matter was investigated by career prosecutors at Justice during the Bush years. Now Holder is having a different bunch of career prosecutors look into it?

It stinks of politics. And pandering to the wild eyed liberal base that wants blood from someone in the Bush administration. The terror attacks that were thwarted, the actionable intelligence that was gleaned, not to mention the first leads on the whereabouts of OBL all came out of these interrogations.

A trial would be counterproductive and damage morale at the agency. Time to move on, period.




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