Cheney’s statement on released CIA documents includes this sentence:
The documents released Monday clearly demonstrate that the individuals subjected to Enhanced Interrogation Techniques provided the bulk of intelligence we gained about al Qaeda.
How clever! It sounds like he’s saying that torture worked, but in fact he’s not. He’s just saying that the people who were subjected to torture gave valuable information, something that doesn’t actually prove his case at all. In a literal sense, I think I agree with his statement here.
Also, this sentence fragment is telling:
President Obama’s decision to allow the Justice Department to investigate and possibly prosecute […]
The President does not decide what the Justice Department investigates and prosecutes, the Attorney General does, exactly for reasons like this. Deciding what to investigate should be a law enforcement decision, not a political one. That is why politicization of the Justice Department is a Big Deal. Remember that? Oh, nevermind…