Apr 23 2009
“Worth More Than The FBI, CIA And NSA Put Together” – this being the program of enhanced interrogation used for only 2 years right after 9-11. So says the then head of the CIA George Tenet, who was selected for his position by Bill Clinton. All of this comes from an eye popping article from GOP Congressman Pete Hoekstra, who was briefed on this program:
Reactions to this former CIA program, which was used against senior al Qaeda suspects in 2002 and 2003, are demonstrating how little President Barack Obama and some Democratic members of Congress understand the dire threats to our nation.
George Tenet, who served as CIA director under Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, believes the enhanced interrogations program saved lives. He told CBS’s “60 Minutes” in April 2007: “I know this program alone is worth more than the FBI, the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency put together have been able to tell us.”
So some evil guys who declared war on us and helped execute the murder of 3,000 innocent people on 9-11-01 where given a bit of rough treatment by tricking their senses into reacting like they were drowning (not actually drowning, not even close to drowning). And thousands of lives were probably saved. I think most Americans can and will gladly live with that.
Khalid Sheik Mohammed is not a victim, he is unrepentant killer. The people in the CIA and administration who finally had to use some techniques they discovered in our military training programs (which means we inflict this fake drowning test on our own people hundreds of times a year) are not criminals for stopping al Qaeda before it could kill again. They are defenders of this nation.
The left has this all backwards because they hate America. They hate itsÂ capitalism, the free flow of opportunity so anyone can get ahead, its unchallenged strength and its ability to project that strength to save humanity form itself (e.g., Kuwait, Iraq, Kosovo). They hate what we are so in their mind the mastermind behind the worst attack in this nation’s history is a victim because we had to keep him cold and awake for a few days straight so he would tell on his allies working to execute the next attacks.
If Tenet is right and this program produced more complete and detailed (and actionable) intelligence then all our premier spy and investigative organizations combined, then we know the answer to “wasn’t there another way?” There wasn’t – unless we let more innocent people die. That is what Obama and the left think is right, to leave people exposed to murder by Islamist fanatics. In my mind, THAT is a crime, especially given the oath of office they took to protect this nation and its people from attacks, foreign and domestic.
Addendum: And don’t be fooled by any faux shock from the democrats – it is all an act:
It was not necessary to release details of the enhanced interrogation techniques, because members of Congress from both parties have been fully aware of them since the program began in 2002. We believed it was something that had to be done in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to keep our nation safe. After many long and contentious debates, Congress repeatedly approved and funded this program on a bipartisan basis in both Republican and Democratic Congresses.
Just like with our invasion of Â Iraq to remove Saddam Hussein, we have a legal activity here.
2nd Addendum: I am quickly coming of the opinion this program should be fully investigated in the light of public congressional hearings:
Members of Congress calling for an investigation of the enhanced interrogation program should remember that such an investigation can’t be a selective review of information, or solely focus on the lawyers who wrote the memos, or the low-level employees who carried out this program. I have asked Mr. Blair to provide me with a list of the dates, locations and names of all members of Congress who attended briefings on enhanced interrogation techniques.
Any investigation must include this information as part of a review of those in Congress and the Bush administration who reviewed and supported this program. To get a complete picture of the enhanced interrogation program, a fair investigation will also require that the Obama administration release the memos requested by former Vice President Dick Cheney on the successes of this program.
An honest and thorough review of the enhanced interrogation program must also assess the likely damage done to U.S. national security by Mr. Obama’s decision to release the memos over the objections of Mr. Panetta and four of his predecessors. Such a review should assess what this decision communicated to our enemies, and also whether it will discourage intelligence professionals from offering their frank opinions in sensitive counterterrorist cases for fear that they will be prosecuted by a future administration.
That’s a broadside warning shot to the Dems, open this up and we open it all up. It is time to have this debate, bring it on. Let’s get this over with.