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.