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Cheney says Obama's policies are making the U.S. less safe

By Jimmy Orr / March 15, 2009

Former Vice President Dick Cheney appears on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday with moderator John King.

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When asked if President Obama's terrorism policies are making the US less safe, former Vice President Cheney didn't waver.

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"I do," he said. (see video below).

Cheney appeared on CNN's State of the Union show this morning. Host John King asked for Cheney's reaction to President Obama's call to close Guantanamo Bay, close CIA "black sites," make CIA interrogators abide by the Army field manual, define waterboarding as torture, suspend trials for terrorists by military commission, and eliminate the label of enemy combatants.

"I think those programs are absolutely essential to the success we enjoyed, being able to collect the intelligence that led us to defeat all further attempts to launch attacks against the United States since 9/11.

"I think it is a great success story. It was done legally, it was done in accordance with the Constitution's practices and principles.

"President Obama campaigned against it all across the country. Now he's making some choices that in my mind will, in fact, raise the risk to the American people to another attack."

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By the way, the former VP also spoke highly of Rush Limbaugh saying that he'd "pay" to watch the radio host debate President Obama.  Click here to read that story.

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