Cheney calls for declassification of CIA memos showing interrogation results

April 21st, 2009 - 12:43 pm ICT by ANI  

Dick Cheney Washington, Apr.21 (ANI): Former US Vice President Cheney has taken umbrage over the selective release of CIA-related interrogation techniques by the Obama administration that showed the Bush administration in poor light, and officially demanded that all CIA memos relating to the subject be declassified to show the positive results of the techniques.

Now that the memos showing the rulings of interrogation techniques have been released, the Obama administration should release additional documents that show what the interrogations yielded to make it an “honest debate,” former Vice President Dick Cheney told FOX News on Monday.

In an interview with FOX News’ Sean Hannity aired on “Hannity” Monday night, Cheney questioned the point of releasing the legal decisions behind the interrogations but not the outcome of them.

“One of the things that I find a little bit disturbing about this recent disclosure is they put out the legal memos, the memos that the CIA got from the Office of Legal Counsel, but they didn’t put out the memos that showed the success of the effort,” Cheney said.

Cheney said he’s asked that the documents be declassified because he has remained silent on the confidential information, but he knows how successful the interrogation process was and wants the rest of the country to understand.”I haven’t talked about it, but I know specifically of reports that I read, that I saw, that lay out what we learned through the interrogation process and what the consequences were for the country,” Cheney said. “I’ve now formally asked the CIA to take steps to declassify those memos so we can lay them out there and the American people have a chance to see what we obtained and what we learned and how good the intelligence was.”

Cheney said he thinks it’s perfectly appropriate for those with a different point of view to be able to express it — and give the American people the ability to evaluate.

“It’s important to not personally attack the new president — I’ve never done that,” said Cheney.

Since his departure from the White House, Cheney says he’s been concerned over the way the U.S. has been presented overseas and finds Obama’s apologies to Europe and Mexico “disturbing.” (ANI)

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