Apr 28 2009
The Democrats are really in a pickle. Their base is adamant that there be public witch hunts against the Bush administration for being aggressive in the war on terror, and for inflicting a faked drowning reaction in established mass murderers tied to 9-11. I predicted more than once America would balk at attacking thosewho were charged with protecting us from another 9-11, first here on April 22nd:
This could really blow up in Obamaâ€™s face. He is supposed to be chasing down terrorists and stopping their efforts to hit us. He is not supposed to be going after those trying to find and stop the terrorists, who are doing the job of protecting this nation.
The Dems better back off this quickly, or else those defending us will have to defend themselves, and they would be within their rights to expose the entire picture. Including those parts that indicate what threats were headed our way (many listed above already tied to KSM) and how many people could have died.
But more than that, the American people will be rightfully wondering why our distracted government is treating the mad man behind 9-11 like a victim ,while attacking the defenders of this nation as if they committed a crime. If you want to look totally clueless, thatâ€™s one great way to do it.
And then here again on April 23rd:
â€œWorth More Than The FBI, CIA And NSA Put Togetherâ€ – 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.
Thatâ€™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. Letâ€™s get this over with.
Since the Obama started caving to the liberal fanatics and started exposing what happened and what was stopped, we learned some amazing things:
Exhibit A in the case for torture: Defenders of the practice say the waterboarding ofÂ Al Qaeda leader Khalid Sheik MohammedÂ produced information that allowed the U.S government to thwart a planned attack on Los Angeles in 2002.
According to a previously classified May 30, 2005, Justice Department memo that the Obama administration released last week, before he was waterboarded, when KSM was asked about planned attacks on the United States, he ominously told his CIA interrogators, â€œSoon, you will know.â€
After the “enhanced techniques,” which the agency used on him 183 times, KSM — the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks — told investigators about aÂ “second wave” of terrorists from East Asia who planned to crash a hijacked airliner into a building in Los Angeles.
Following the link we find this:
This was because the CIA imposed very tight restrictions on the use of waterboarding. â€œThe â€˜waterboard,â€™ which is the most intense of the CIA interrogation techniques, is subject to additional limits,â€ explained the May 30, 2005 Justice Department memo. â€œIt may be used on a High Value Detainee only if the CIA has â€˜credible intelligence that a terrorist attack is imminentâ€™; â€˜substantial and credible indicators that the subject has actionable intelligence that can prevent, disrupt or deny this attackâ€™; and â€˜[o]ther interrogation methods have failed to elicit this information within the perceived time limit for preventing the attack.â€™â€Â
â€œIn particular, the CIA believes that it would have been unable to obtain critical information from numerous detainees, including KSM and Abu Zubaydah, without these enhanced techniques,â€ says the Justice Department memo. â€œBoth KSM and Zubaydah had â€˜expressed their belief that the general US population was â€˜weak,â€™ lacked resilience, and would be unable to â€˜do what was necessaryâ€™ to prevent the terrorists from succeeding in their goals.â€™ Â Indeed, before the CIA used enhanced techniques in its interrogation of KSM, KSM resisted giving any answers to questions about future attacks, simply noting, â€˜Soon you will know.â€™â€
After he was subjected to the â€œwaterboardâ€ technique, KSM became cooperative, providing intelligence that led to the capture of key al Qaeda allies and, eventually, the closing down of an East Asian terrorist cell that had been tasked with carrying out the 9/11-style attack on Los Angeles.
If not for the use of waterboarding (which tricks the body into THINKING it is drowning) downtown LA might now host a hole where some of its tallest buildings now stand, another grave for thousands of Americans and others. The reporting clearly shows that this measure is only used in extreme cases where attack isÂ imminent. And since we rounded up the attackers (and have of course collected information and statements as to their plans) we know it was a success.
Is it any surprise, then, that America is in no mood to attack those who saved thousands of innocent lives?
According to the poll, sixty-two percent of Americans do not think Congress should hold hearings to investigate the administrationâ€™s treatment of detainees. Only a third of Americans thinks Congress should investigate.Â
Personally, that angry third of the nation wanting payback against our defenders are not only in a minority, the risk an enormous backlash. It may be the one step too far for the liberals. Part of me hopes they take it. I think we as a nation deserve to learn more about what our brave, unsung heros on the front lines have done over the years, and the liberals need a good public drubbing for being so absurd.