Cheney, if he really believes in the program, committed a HUGE political error IMO.
By stamping the imprimateur of the Dark Lord on this, he has virtually compelled every Democrat to vote yea on the Rand Paul “Repeal the NSA” bill.
Also he way overreached by claiming the NSA program “could have prevented 9-11”. That falls into the category of what Don Rumsfeld used to call “unknown unknowables”.
Maybe Cheney is crazy like a fox —KNOWS how much he’s hated by Obama supporters— and is now using that as a TOOL...?
Perhaps by opposing Snowden his aim is to undercut Leftists now opposing him?
That way Leftist opponents of Snowden appear as Retainers of a Rotten Establishment.