March 15, 2009
In his recent TV appearance [reported on at Huffington Post, as reprinted below],
Dick Cheney said “And now he [President Obama] is making some choices that,
in my mind, will, in fact, raise the risk to the American people of another
Some investigators of September 11th have concluded that Cheney himself played
a key role in “letting 9/11 happen.”
For example, David Ray Griffin in THE NEW PEARL HARBOR REVISITED (page 94) writes:
“Accordingly, the Commission’s treatment of Norman Mineta’s testimony provides
one of the clearest examples of its attempts to cover up the truth, which in
this case involved Cheney’s presence in the PEOC [Presidential Emergency Operations
Center] during a crucial 45-minute period, during which he apparently confirmed
a stand-down order.” [emphasis added]
Cheney refused to testify under oath before the 9/11 Commission. If it is true
that Cheney played a key role on 9/11, then his statement about “risk …
of another attack” could be seen a veiled threat about another attack–possibly
now in the planning stage.
A new investigation of 9/11, by a truly independent 9/11 Commission, would have
subpoena power necessary to require citizens Cheney and Bush to testify under
oath. Without a new investigation, we will never know if Cheney and Bush (and
many others) are truly innocent of pre-knowledge or complicity in the tragedy
of that infamous day.
If any officials within the Bush administration are guilty–but remain free,
then we are certainly in danger of “another attack.” We will never
discover the truth until there is a new independent investigation of what really
happened on 9/11.
Cheney: Obama Has Raised The Risk Of Attack On America
March 15, 2009
Dick Cheney, in his first television interview since leaving office, didn’t
shy away from throwing a few haymakers at his White House successors, saying
at one point that Barack Obama’s policies had raised the risk of a domestic
“I do,” said the former vice president, when asked if President Obama’s
policies had made the U.S. less safe. “I think those programs were absolutely
essential to the success we enjoyed of being able to collect the intelligence
that let us defeat all further attempts to launch attacks against the United
States since 9/11. I think that’s a great success story. It was done legally.
It was done in accordance with our constitutional practices and principles.
President Obama campaigned against it all across the country. And now he is
making some choices that, in my mind, will, in fact, raise the risk to the American
people of another attack.”
Speaking to CNN’s John King, Cheney was referencing the Obama administration’s
decision to close the detention center at Guantánamo Bay, to strictly outlaw
torture and define water boarding as such, and to suspend trials for terrorists
by military commission. His comments furthered a line of attack he had made
against the president in his first post-office interview with Politico.
Cheney’s foreign policy critiques didn’t end there. He also whacked the president
for appointing Christopher Hill as the country’s top diplomat in Iraq.
“He is not the man I would have picked for that post,” said Cheney
of Hill. “He has none of the skills and talents that Ryan Crocker has.”