UPI en Espanol
facebook
twitter
account
search
search

Cheney: War criminal claim 'cheap shot'

Sept. 4, 2011 at 3:20 PM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney dismissed as a "cheap shot" Sunday a claim that he is worried about being tried as a war criminal.

Speaking on "Fox News Sunday," Cheney was referring to a comment by Lawrence Wilkerson, who had been chief of staff to former Secretary of State Colin Powell, that Cheney was concerned about being tried as a war criminal.

"Well, that's news to me," Cheney said. "I don't pay a lot of attention to Mr. Wilkerson. I don't know him. As far as I know, I never met the gentleman. I know he speaks out from time to time, and that strikes me as a cheap shot."

Wilkerson's comment came during an interview last week with ABC.

As he did in his new memoir, "In My Time," Cheney defended the use of so-called enhanced interrogation techniques, including waterboarding, to extract information from terror suspects. Some critics say the techniques violate international law against torture.

"I was a staunch advocate of the … terrorist surveillance program and enhanced interrogation techniques out of the deep conviction on my part that we badly needed those to succeed in the war on terror," Cheney said.

Top Stories
Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio requests new judge and public assistance with legal fees
New Orleans police officer fatally shot in patrol car
Islamic State says it can soon buy nuclear weapon, smuggle it into U.S.
Landslide in Nepal blocks Kali Gandaki River, threatens flooding
Federer upset over fan who stormed tennis court for 'selfie' at French Open