Cheney: Learn From CIA, Don't Investigate Interrogators

Probes are 'outrageous political act,' says ex-VP
By Mat Probasco,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2009 6:49 AM CDT
Former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington earlier this year.   (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

(Newser) – The Obama administration should be asking CIA interrogators how they managed to ward off terrorist attacks for 8 years rather than investigating possible breaches of law while doing so, former Vice President Dick Cheney told Fox News today. Investigating interrogators is an "outrageous political act" that will do long-term damage, said Cheney.

US Attorney General Eric Holder appointed a special prosecutor last week to investigate whether the harsh interrogation techniques were criminal. "They're out there now threatening to disbar the lawyers who gave us the legal opinions. They're going to go out and investigate the CIA personnel who carried out those investigations," Cheney said.