Former vice president Dick Cheney laughed off concerns that were raised by Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace today over the NSA monitoring the phone calls and emails of Americans (video below).
Wallace told Cheney it was obvious that terrorists already know that the NSA is monitoring phone calls and emails, and yet the U.S. government keeps it "secret" from Americans.
"What does all of this have to be kept so secret?" Wallace said, noted ThinkProgress.org. "The terrorists clearly assume we’re trying to intercept their phone calls and intercept their emails. Why not let the American public know the outlines, the general program,"
Cheney then laughed and answered: "I have problems with respect to that concern. I understand people’s concern about it, but an intelligence program that does reveal sources and methods, which in fact is what you’re talking about, is significantly less effective because you’re not just revealing it to the American people, you’re revealing it to your targets, to your adversaries."
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Later, Cheney claimed that the people running the NSA program were to be trusted solely on his word.
"I trust these guys implicitly with my life," he said. "And what I make of what they’re saying is they are to be believed. They’re good, honest Americans. They’re patriotic. But they also care very much about their responsibility to safeguard civil liberties.”
Then Cheney, who lied numerous times about WMDs in Iraq, questioned President Barack Obama's credibility.
“I don’t pay a lot of attention, frankly, to what Barack Obama said," Cheney said. "Because I find a lot of it, in other areas, for example, IRS, Benghazi, not credible. I’m obviously not a fan of the incumbent president. I don’t know what he did to the program."