My “limbic brain” thinks this is hilarious.
So maaany layers of dishonorable coming from Obama… I’m almost speechless. First, for him to release the so called “torture” memos without accompanying them with the memos that show how they worked. As Dick Cheney said:
“One of the things that I find a little bit disturbing about this recent disclosure is they put out the legal memos, the memos that the CIA got from the Office of Legal Counsel, but they didn’t put out the memos that showed the success of the effort. And there are reports that show specifically what we gained as a result of this activity. They have not been declassified.”
Then for him to announce that the Justice Dept will go after officials who authorized the interrogation techniques.
Obama made a distinction between the agents who carried out harsh interrogations permitted by the White House after the September 11 attacks in 2001 and the legal officials which justified such methods.
“With respect to those who formulated those legal decisions, I would say that that is going to be more of a decision for the attorney general within the parameters of various laws.”
Well, they did work, and the CIA is making no bones about it.
The Central Intelligence Agency told CNSNews.com today that it stands by the assertion made in a May 30, 2005 Justice Department memo that the use of “enhanced techniques” of interrogation on al Qaeda leader Khalid Sheik Mohammed (KSM) — including the use of waterboarding — caused KSM to reveal information that allowed the U.S. government to thwart a planned attack on Los Angeles.
Here’s Former CIA Director, General Michael Hayden,calling out the Obama administration on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.
So how do we thank those that helped to prevent attacks like this, by authorizing enhanced interrogation techniques? We threaten to prosecute them, that’s how. Because in Obamaland black=white, good=evil, sane=insane.
One wonders if they’ll also go after Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee who were briefed and approved it all.
How any of this benefits our country, is anybody’s guess. And I don’t call placating the unhinged moonbats on the left, benefiting the country.
The implications of our *kinder gentler* approach to war has grave implications for the military.
Hot Air reports:
Barack Obama’s top man in the intelligence community sent the President a memo defending the use of enhanced interrogation techniques, which the White House edited before releasing to the press de-emphasizing that defense. Dennis Blair, the Director of National Intelligence, pointed out that most of what we know about al-Qaeda came from using those techniques on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Abu Zubaydah, countering leaks last week from the Obama administration that claimed the methods produced no data:
That’s right, the White House covered up the fact that their own DNI believes that the interrogations produced significant information that help the United States foil terrorist plots, and defend itself.
Doug Ross has found a forgotten CIA memo from 2005 on the web:
I herein present the actual results of the EITs (enhanced interrogation techniques) as described in the partially redacted 5/30/2005 memo (U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel, MEMORANDUM FOB JOHN A. RIZZO, SENIOR DEPUTY GENERAL COUNSEL, CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, “Re: Application of ‘United States Obligation; Under Article 16 of the Convention Against Torture to Certain Techniques That May Be Used in the Interrogation of High Value al Qaeda Detainees'”, originally classified TOP SECRET/NOFORN).
What follows is my transcription of the critical sections of the scans.
Better get over there and read those results. The Obama administration is going to have an uphill battle trying to prove any wrongdoing, here, without looking like weak-ass, America-hating, leftist idiots.
The practical result of Obama’s releasing the CIA “torture” memos?
At the Central Intelligence Agency, it’s known as “slow rolling.” That’s what agency officers sometimes do on politically sensitive assignments. They go through the motions; they pass cables back and forth; they take other jobs out of the danger zone; they cover their backsides.
In other words, they don’t feel free enough to do everything it takes to keep us safe. Counterterrorism is considered a career hazard.
Thanks, Obama. At least your moonbat lefty base is happy.
Some quotes from the Rush Limbaugh Show, today:
“This administration has been one part joke, one part unbelievable and many parts scary.”
“This guy, Obama, is very cold, folks. He is a 100% pure leftist extremist political animal, and I just have a difficult time putting up with him lecturing us on matters he identifies as requiring the pushing of a morality reset button with him as the chief protocol director of morality.”
“Barack Obama should be the last person to lecture anybody about standing atop a rock of morality. His foundation is leftist. He identifies with anti-American politics. He yucks it up with people who hate our country. He supports infanticide. He attended a racist, bigoted church for 20 years.”
“Why is it so hard for people to understand Obama? Obama is who he is. We have years and years and years of Obama case history. Plus, we know who liberals are and what they believe.”
“When you interact with average, ordinary, everyday liberals or Democrats, it’s hard not to think, ‘My God, the country is finished.'”
“Sorry folks, it’s just tough to stomach…tough to deal with”…
I’ve been listening to Rush for almost 20 years now. I’ve never heard him sound this agitated and alarmed.
Also related (April 22):
If you missed Mark Levin’s Show last night, you might want to listen here. (April 22). The Landmark Legal Foundation has thrown down the gauntlet.
And yeah, I’ve been listening to Levin for awhile, too, and as excitable as he is, I’ve never seen him this exercised, either.
OMGWSS=Oh my God, we’re so screwed.
Yes, I made that up myself. Just now. I got sick of using the word, “outrage”.
Today’s OMGWSS – Rosa Brooks, the Obama administration’s new adviser to Michelle Flournoy, the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, “a position described as one of the most influential in the Pentagon”. Read this and weep:
In 2007, she labeled al-Qaida as “little more than an obscure group of extremist thugs, well financed and intermittently lethal but relatively limited in their global and regional political pull. On 9/11, they got lucky. … Thanks to U.S. policies, al-Qaida has become the vast global threat the administration imagined it to be in 2001.”
“creating terrorists ” with our policies? Where have we heard that before?
Also that year, she called the surge in Iraq a “feckless plan” that is “too little too late” with “no realistic likelihood that it will lead to an enduring solution in Iraq.” The surge was widely credited with helping to stabilize Iraq.
Remind you of anyone we know?
Brooks wrote Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney “should be treated like psychotics who need treatment. … Impeachment’s not the solution to psychosis, no matter how flagrant.”
She also penned a column about Bush entitled “Our torturer-in-chief” in which she inferred attacks against the U.S. were a result of torture policies.
“Today, the chickens are coming home to roost,” she fumed, but “the word ‘accountability’ isn’t in the White House dictionary.”
Good lord…did she go to Obama’s church, too?
In another column she referred to the regimes of Iran and North Korea as “foreign authoritarians,” while calling the Bush administration a “homegrown” authoritarian regime.
In a column last month, Brooks claimed the Bush administration’s Office of Legal Counsel arguments for prosecuting the war on terrorism were similar to tactics used by Hitler.
According to Brooks: “How did such dangerously bad legal memos ever get taken seriously in the first place? One answer is suggested by the so-called Big Lie theory of political propaganda, articulated most infamously by Adolf Hitler. Ordinary people ‘more readily fall victim to the big lie than the small lie,’ wrote Hitler.”
Great. We’ve got a shameless abuser of Godwin’s Law holding a position of authority in the Pentagon.
Last week, FoxNews.com highlighted Brook’s departing column in which she argued for more “direct government support for public media” and government licensing of the news.
Wrote Brooks: “Years of foolish policies have left us with a choice: We can bail out journalism, using tax dollars and granting licenses in ways that encourage robust and independent reporting and commentary, or we can watch, wringing our hands, as more and more top journalists are laid off.”
WHO’S WRINGING THEIR HANDS?!
To repeat: This person now has a position of influence AT THE PENTAGON. And the fact that Obama has appointed her strongly suggests that he agrees with her views. Which I guess we already knew, but still…
Donald Douglas has more at American Power.
Bad bad tidings from Bloomberg: The Taliban is now controlling areas only 70 miles from Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital:
The Taliban have captured some houses in the district of Buner, where they are patrolling the streets, preventing the government from functioning and frightening residents, Babak said.
The drive into Buner brings the Taliban to within about 110 kilometers (70 miles) of Islamabad, their closest approach to the capital with organized ground forces in the five years since they began fighting the government for territorial control.
Sufi Muhammad, the pro-Taliban cleric who guaranteed peace in exchange for Islamic law in the so-called Provincially Administered Tribal Area, threatened fresh protests unless the government appoints Islamic judges to replace the conventional judiciary by April 23. The government has said appointing judges takes time.
Richard Holbrooke, the U.S. special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan, has said he is troubled by the peace accord in the area, where militants have burned schools, banned education for girls and beheaded government officials.
Not a pleasant thought – all of those nukes falling into the hands of Islamofascists, is it?
He bowed to the Saudi king, shook hands warmly with anti-American Commie/Socialist leaders, Chavez and Ortega, and Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, but he has no time in his busy schedule for Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu:
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday canceled his plans to attend the upcoming AIPAC summit, after it became clear that US President Barack Obama would not meet him during the conference. Netanyahu announced that while he will not attend the conference in person, he will send a video-taped message to Washington….
I wonder if it has something to do with this incident that happened in Israel’s King David Hotel, in early March:
Sources tell Foreign Policy that when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Netanyahu at the King David Hotel earlier this month, such was the concern that a certain former Mossad analyst who now serves as Netanyahu’s security advisor may pose a counterintelligence problem that, after conferring with an aide, Clinton suggested to Netanyahu that they reduce the number of people in the room.
The former analyst, Uzi Arad, has recently headed an Israeli think tank that convenes the influential annual Herzliya strategy dialogue. Arad has been unable to get a U.S. visa for the past two years, he has suggested, because he was identified in a 2005 indictment (though not by name) as one of the Israelis who met with then-Pentagon Iran specialist Larry Franklin. Franklin pled guilty in 2005 on charges related to unauthorized disclosure of national-security information to people not authorized to receive it, including officials with the Israeli government.
Clinton’s suggestion was made, sources say, in the hopes that Netanyahu would get the message and excuse Arad from the meeting. What happened instead, sources report, was that Netanyahu dismissed from the meeting Israeli ambassador to Washington Sallai Meridor, who has since announced his resignation. (An account of the meeting previously published on ForeignPolicy.com revealed that Clinton seemed remarkably constrained and tight-lipped during it.)
U.S. officials knowledgeable about the meeting declined to comment about the incident but did not deny that Arad’s presence at the meeting was a concern to the U.S. delegation. The Israeli Embassy did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Obama administration also snubbed the Israeli Chief of Staff a little later in March:
“Israeli Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi cut short his visit to Washington after getting an extraordinarily cool reception from the new U.S. administration.”
On his current trip to Washington, Ashkenazi sought to meet the administration of President Barack Obama, but most officials were unavailable.
On March 12, Ashkenazi left for a five-day visit to the United States meant to lobby the Obama administration to abandon the planned U.S. dialogue with Iran, Middle East Newsline reported. Ashkenazi, scheduled to meet with the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, was expected to have brought new Israeli intelligence on Iran’s nuclear weapons and missile programs.
But the diplomatic sources said the administration made it clear that nobody in a policy-making position was available to sit with Ashkenazi. This included the president, Vice President Joseph Biden, Gates, National Intelligence director Dennis Blair or Mullen.
And perhaps Obama doesn’t wish to discuss the 900 million he has pledged to Gaza which we all know will end up in the hands of Hamas.
At any rate, not a great way to treat a valued ally of the United States. Very troubling.
Hat tip: Jihad Watch