Skip to comments.Hot doc: Cheney's request to declassify intel from 'torture' (White House, CIA Lied)
Posted on 04/24/2009 1:53:36 PM PDT by Big_Monkey
Former Vice President Dick Cheney is asking the Obama administration to declassify two documents on intelligence obtained from the so-called enhanced interrogation program that critics have decried as torture, according to a copy of his request obtained by POLITICO.
The form filed with the National Archives' Presidential Libraries section on March 31 of this year shows that Cheney asked for declassification review of the two items from a folder called "detainees" within "OVP Cheney immediate office files." The titles of the memoranda or reports were blacked out for classification reasons, however, one memo sought was dated July 13, 2004, and totaled eight pages, and another dated June 1, 2005, totals 13 pages.
Cheney filled out the request himself--it's in his handwriting. The Archives later amended Cheney's request to describe the two records simply as CIA reports (probably more vaguely than the ex-veep did). The archvists also upped the page counts to a total of 31.
I'm looking further at those dates to see whether we can identify the documents indpendently. However, June 1, 2005 seems to coincide with a time frame involving a lot of action surrounding the legal justifications for the interrogation program. One Justice Department memo released last week, finding the techniques did not constitute torture under international law, was issued on May 30, 2005, just a day before the document Cheney asked for.
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Dick Cheney, is one American that will not take this crap lying down, God Bless Him
Berger in town?
He should file a FOIA request.
Of course the MSM won’t tell anyone about this request. They will just put Hillary’s smarmy face on calling Cheney a liar.
Comments following the source article are chilling.
So VP Cheney was given a heads-up that the selected memos were going to be released by the Obama/Holder Justice Department, and he wanted to be able to rebut with documentation of his own. No wonder VP Cheney has been out there for weeks saying that Obama is putting our nation at greater risk. He knew what was about to occur. President Bush had better start defending America, too. Otherwise, I’m beginning to think that he doesn’t care about the people he put in harm’s way after all. This is NOT about the individuals who were at the helm for the last 8 years. It’s about the people of this country and, especially, the men and women of our military who will bear the brunt of this irresponsible administration.
LOL!!!!!!!! You're BAAAAAAAAAAD.
Chilling??? Absolute proof that there are too many idiots in this country. Too many allowed to vote as well.
Paging George W Bush. Paging George W Bush.
Cheney said on the Hannity show he requested the documents privately in March for a book he is writing, but now that Hussein released the "torture" documents for political reasons, Cheney wants them released publically.
Porter Goss, former CIA Director and past chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, blasted the Obama administration for releasing Justice Department memos on harsh interrogation techniques. For the first time in my experience weve crossed the red line of properly protecting our national security in order to gain partisan political advantage, Goss said in an interview. Goss, a former CIA operative, has made few public comments since leaving his post as DCI in September 2006. In December 2007, he told a Washington Post reporter that members of Congress had been fully briefed on the CIAs special interrogation program. Among those being briefed, there was a pretty full understanding of what the CIA was doing, Goss told the Post. And the reaction in the room was not just approval, but encouragement.
They won’t and that is what frightens me. A strong free press would put checks and balances on the rabid anti Americans in charge.
It has to get out through grass roots, the way the tea parties did.
Thanks for posting this.
So what makes the interrogation techniques unlawful? It might be the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Hamdan v. Rumsfeld (2006) case which said such prisoners were afforded prisoner-of-war protections under the Geneva Conventions.
If the Bush Administration were to be subject to prosecution due to the Supreme Court's ruling, one must look at Article I, section 9 of the U.S. Constitution which says that the federal government is prohibited from passing ex post facto laws. The states are prohibited from the same by clause 1 of section 10.
It appears that the Democrats are moving towards prosecution that retroactively changes the legal consequences of actions committed during interrogation techniques prior to the Supreme Court's interpretation. Such would be a violation of Article I, section 9.