Former Vice President Dick Cheney appeared on Fox News Sunday yesterday (15 months after his heart transplant) and it was a pretty interesting interview conducted by Chris Wallace. You can read the transcript HERE or watch the interview HERE.
Before he was Vice President, he was the Secretary of Defense when I served in the military. Many people either love him or hate him, but I have always respected his opinion and his leadership. Sadly, Dick Cheney would be a little too moderate for the far-right fringe people who have taken over the Republican Party.
Cheney was asked his opinion about Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old contractor who reportedly released details about National Security Agency’s secret surveillance programs. Cheney said, “I think he’s a traitor. I think he has committed crimes in effect by violating agreements given the position he had.”
He also said he was worried that he may have more information to disclose that would harm America.
And while folks like Sen. Rand Paul cry foul over the collection of phone numbers, Cheney says he disagrees with him. He also goes a little further, saying, “…if we had this before 9/11, when there were two terrorists in San Diego, two hijackers able to use that program, that capability against the target we might have been able to prevent 9/11.”
He was asked about it being legal and responded with, “According to the Supreme Court, those are business records of the telephone company. You don’t go into that box of numbers, if you will, to look for connections unless you break up some place a suspicious number. You capture Khalid Sheik Mohamed in Karachi, or bin Laden in Abbottabad and Pakistan. You look at their cell phones, you look at their rolodex in effect and see what numbers had connections back into the United States. And by preserving that database you are able to come back, check and see if they have been talking to somebody inside.”
That sounds reasonable to me. I have never worried too much about my freedom being eroded.
As for former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, she just does not get it. Palin spoke at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington, D.C., over the weekend and reportedly said, “…our government spied on every single one of your phone calls but it couldn’t find two pot-smoking, deadbeat Bostonians with a hotline to Terrorist Central in Chechnya.”
Nice. Palin seems to dig a deeper hole for herself every time she speaks.
Cheney frames the whole debate nicely when he said, “We made the decision based on 9/11 that we no longer had a law enforcement problem, we are at war.”
Truth. There may not be shots whizzing past our heads or planes flying overhead and we may not hear the sounds of bombs going off in the distance, but we are at war. We must keep that mindset.
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