The CIA has denied the lovable Dick Cheney’s request to release memos that, in the ex-veep’s eyes, would prove the effectiveness of torture administered under Bush’s reign. “I’m convinced, absolutely convinced, that we saved thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands, of lives,” he said last week. The documents in question will not be declassified, as they are the subject of pending litigation.
Cheney spokeswoman Lucy Tutwiler just sent us a response: “Vice President Cheney is preparing his appeal to the decision.”
It’s unlikely this matter will dissuade Cheney from criticizing Obama for eliminating the program that he said amounted to torture, though some Republicans are worried about the suddenly high profile of the less-than-popular ex-veep.
Cheney has also said he is seeking the documents to help with his memoirs.