In testimony today before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) that she did not view former Vice President Cheney as a “particularly reliable source” on matters related to detainee torture and mistreatment. Rohrabacher had asked Clinton whether she supported the release of documents that Cheney recently claimed documented the “successes” that came out of the Bush administration’s torture program:
ROHRABACHER: This goes to the heart of as far as I can see of whether or not we can expect to have transparency and openness in this administration? Or are you going to just refuse to answer the question? … What will be your recommendation?
CLINTON: I am not going to share that with you because I don’t know any facts that support what you’re describing.
Perhaps Rohrabacher is hoping that the documents Cheney was describing will vindicate his June 2008 claim that the detainee mistreatment amounted to nothing more than “hazing pranks from some fraternity.”