Cheney: CIA tactics saved lives, led to captures

(AP) – 1 hour ago

WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Dick Cheney says the CIA's interrogations of terror suspects "saved lives and prevented terrorist attacks."

In a statement Monday, Cheney said those who carried out the interrogations "deserve our gratitude" and do not deserve "to be the targets of political investigations or prosecutions." He said the questioning "played a role in nearly every capture of al-Qaida members and associates since 2002."

President Barack Obama on Monday ordered changes that bar certain harsh interrogation tactics. Attorney General Eric Holder ordered a criminal probe of past interrogations.

Cheney said that was "a reminder ... of why so many Americans have doubts about this administration's ability to be responsible for our nation's security."