He used the opportunity to proclaim the country less safe, and to air publicly grievances between himself and former President George Bush. Cheney took the unusual step of entertaining a question that suggested he had shouted at the president in an argument about whether to pardon Scooter Libby. Cheney did defend Bush administration's record on torture, enemy combatants, military commissions and CIA black sites , arguing that such policies were critical for intelligence gathering purposes. He criticised the Obama administration for viewing the threat from global terrorism as a law-enforcement issue rather than a war.
In a wide-ranging interview with CNN's "State of the Union," Cheney said the harsh interrogations of suspects and the use of warrantless electronic surveillance were "absolutely essential" to get information to prevent more attacks like the suicide hijackings that targeted New York and Washington. Critics said the Bush administration's "alternative" interrogation techniques amounted to the torture of prisoners in American custody, while the administration's warrantless surveillance program violated federal laws enacted after the Watergate scandal. Since taking office in January, Obama has announced plans to close the U. Cheney said the administration appears to be returning to the pre model of treating terrorism as a law enforcement issue, rather than a military problem. But Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pennsylvania, said the Bush administration's policies undercut "what is actually the source of America's greatness -- our principles. But Cheney said he and Bush had to spend money to deal with the September 11, attacks, the resulting war in Afghanistan, the disaster of 's Hurricane Katrina, and the costly and unpopular war in Iraq, now nearly six years old.
WMV Quicktime. Cheney repeated his previous assertions that President Obama's policies on terrorism have made the country less safe. Cheney praised the Bush administration's terrorism efforts.
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