In the wake of President Obama’s release of the four CIA ‘torture memos’, former Vice-President Dick Cheney has gone on the defence (attack really, he doesn’t ‘do’ defence):
“One of the things that I find a little bit disturbing about this recent disclosure is that they put out the legal memos… but they didn’t put out the memos that show the success of the effort,” Mr Cheney told Fox News.
“There are reports that show specifically what we gained as a result of this activity. They have not been declassified. I formally ask that they be declassified now.”
The American people should have a chance to weigh the intelligence obtained alongside the legal debate, he said.
Can I remind readers that Cheney is now a private citizen and not the vice-president?! I’ve never heard of previous presidents or vice-presidents trying to influence their successors like this. Even Al Gore behaved with dignity towards Bush, and later towards the Bush Administration over climate change. This is a shameless attempt at undermining the president, and Obama must do the right thing by completely ignoring him.
Can I also remind readers that human rights are indivisible? They’re either universally applicable – to everyone at all times – or you might as well dismiss the notion entirely. You don’t get to suspend the UDHR for people you don’t like (or who don’t like you) – that defeats the entire concept, equally as much as Obama’s allowing CIA flunkies who did torture to get away with it. I understand his political calculation in at least starting down that road, but he’s as wrong as Cheney is here. And considering the entire administration of which he was a part was built on a pack of lies, I wouldn’t believe a single document which Cheney says proves his point.