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Editorial: Obama hides the whole story
The Washington Examiner ^ | April 23, 2009 | The Editors

Posted on 04/26/2009 12:29:43 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Set aside for now the troubling changes in the Obama administration’s position on whether former Bush officials should be prosecuted for suggesting tough interrogation tactics against terrorists. Set aside the manifest unfairness of prosecuting lawyers merely for doing their job of giving legal advice. Set aside the raft of other reasonable objections to the proposed prosecutions, including a justifiable aversion to witch-hunts.

Instead, consider how flagrantly President Barack Obama violated his repeated promises that he would run a transparent and honorable administration. His administration’s selective and highly prejudicial release of only partial information about CIA interrogations clearly was designed to gin up outrage against former Bush officials. The release of the information was a pure political hit job masquerading as an act of openness.

The administration ignored near-uniform pleadings by respected intelligence professionals to keep the interrogation descriptions classified, yet refused to declassify the evidence that the interrogations saved countless American lives. Obama highlighted the alleged sins while withholding (often directly redacting) the context, the justifications, and the practical benefits gained. Then his administration went even farther. Not only did it refuse to declassify the exculpatory intelligence, but also it selectively and misleadingly edited a memo by its own national intelligence director about the program.

As reported by the New York Times’ Peter Baker, intelligence director Dennis Blair wrote a memo that included these lines: “High value information came from interrogations in which those methods were used and provided a deeper understanding of the al Qa’ida organization that was attacking this country.” Baker then reported: “Admiral Blair’s assessment that the interrogation methods did produce important information was deleted from a condensed version of his memo released to the media last Thursday. Also deleted was a line in which he empathized with his predecessors who originally approved some of the harsh tactics after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.”

That last deleted line read as follows: “I like to think I would not have approved those methods in the past,” he wrote, “but I do not fault those who made the decisions at that time….”

Without Baker’s reporting, those highly important judgments by Obama’s own appointee would have been buried from public view, thus stacking the deck against those whom Blair would absolve. Such dishonesty from a White House borders on the Nixonian – and violates every reasonable American’s innate sense of justice.


TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: admiralblair; agenda; baker; bho44; bhodni; blairmemo; bleedingheartattack; bush; censorship; chicagoway; cia; ciainterrogations; democrats; dennisblair; detainees; first100days; interrogation; nytimes; obama; obamasecrets; peterbaker; redacting; terrorism; torture; transparency; waterboarding; witchhunt; witchhunts; wot
Hear, hear!
1 posted on 04/26/2009 12:29:43 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This will come out along with everything else soon enough and the Dims will be finished for a very long time.

Just hope we can take 0ut the Rihnos with them.


2 posted on 04/26/2009 12:32:45 PM PDT by BornToBeAmerican (We the people, ..... never)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Such dishonesty from a White House borders on the NixonianClintonian

–--fixed it

3 posted on 04/26/2009 12:35:00 PM PDT by gusopol3
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hard to behave honorably when the word “honor” is just a word to you...


4 posted on 04/26/2009 12:37:07 PM PDT by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Obama,

All he has to do is smile, and we'll have to read about how girls are fainting again.

The media and Hollywood love him. They want him to succeed almost as much as they wanted Bush to fail. Anything negative will be downplayed and ignored if possible. Everything positive will be played up to the max. Even today they throw snowball questions, despite there being more than enough good hard questions to ask regards taxes, debt, Iran, Venezuela, and national defense.

The news media media and Hollywood will act as Obama's unofficial public relations instrument.

5 posted on 04/26/2009 12:43:29 PM PDT by Red6
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Slings and Arrows; martin_fierro; MeekOneGOP; Daffynition; Allegra; restornu; ...
Just saying -


6 posted on 04/26/2009 12:46:55 PM PDT by Lady Jag (Communism - Hezbollah - Al Qaeda - Obama - Stone Age - CHAOS)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This disgusting bunch of ^#$@^% are playing games with American, and others, lives. They are strutting to and fro making pronouncements about the world as they wish it were, or as they wish to make it, not dealing with the world as it is. This is true in both their “foreign policy” and in their “economic policy.”

When those lives are forfeit the few in washington dc who still have any credibility had better be prepared to lay the blame where it belongs ... and we had better be prepared to “encourage” them to do so.


7 posted on 04/26/2009 12:47:38 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (Democrats, the party of evil. Republicans, the party of stupid.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This is a Republican dream issue.
1) The further they go with it the more people will realize how hard Bush worked to keep them safe.
2) The further they go with it the more people will see that Obama can't rise above the vicious campaign mode to govern all America.
3) The further they go with it the more people will be convinced the Democrats can't be trusted with national security.
4) The further they go with it the more people will doubt Obama’s commitment to America.
5) The further they go with it the more the precedent will be made to really go after the Democrat corruption legally once they are out of office.
6) The further they go with this the more people will consider Obama a lier, controlled by the radical left.
8 posted on 04/26/2009 12:59:10 PM PDT by broncobilly
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To: Lady Jag; 2ndDivisionVet; potlatch; devolve; ntnychik; MeekOneGOP; Grampa Dave; BOBTHENAILER

9 posted on 04/26/2009 1:10:00 PM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Kenya)
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To: PhilDragoo

The Rev. Jeremiah Wrong


10 posted on 04/26/2009 1:11:28 PM PDT by Rocky (OBAMA: Succeeding where bin Laden failed.)
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To: PhilDragoo

11 posted on 04/26/2009 1:14:01 PM PDT by Lady Jag (Communism - Hezbollah - Al Qaeda - Obama - Stone Age - CHAOS)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Such dishonesty from a White House borders on the Nixonian

That's a slander against Nixon. These tactics are reminiscent of all other dictatorial/tyrannical reigns in history. If the progress of this communist juggernaut is not stopped, we are all lost.

12 posted on 04/26/2009 1:17:24 PM PDT by Rocky (OBAMA: Succeeding where bin Laden failed.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; LucyT
Isn't Obama a peace maker who will bring Americans together? The CIA has the goods on Obama, what he did in Kenya, his true place of birth , the works. And Obama is trying to lay the hit on the CIA to keep them quiet about HIM.

Declaring war on the CIA is a sure way for Zero to crash and burn. I hope the Magic Zero does more of THIS!!!!

13 posted on 04/26/2009 1:20:24 PM PDT by Candor7 (The weapons of choice against fascism are ridicule,derision,truth. (member NRA)
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To: Candor7

The CIA has the goods on Obama.

One hopes they do and that they release it soon.


14 posted on 04/26/2009 1:31:53 PM PDT by kalee (01/20/13 The end of an error.... Obama even worse than Carter.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
More smoke in mirrors. Urkle can't govern. Trying to change the subject.
15 posted on 04/26/2009 1:53:23 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bail out)
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To: Red6
All he has to do is smile, and we'll have to read about how girls are fainting again....The media and Hollywood love him.

Con-artists have to win people over before they can con. BHO is an accomplished con-artist...and that's about all!

16 posted on 04/26/2009 2:16:20 PM PDT by lonestar (Obama is turning Bush's "mess" into a catastrophe.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"That last deleted line read as follows: “I like to think I would not have approved those methods in the past,” he wrote, “but I do not fault those who made the decisions at that time….”

If he isn't able to make that call he's is the wrong man for the job. What a clown.

17 posted on 04/26/2009 2:31:18 PM PDT by WHBates
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To: Candor7
...The CIA has the goods on Obama, what he did in Kenya, his true place of birth...

And if they haven't, they'll be looking in every nook and cranny now.

18 posted on 04/26/2009 2:33:25 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

19 posted on 04/26/2009 2:45:27 PM PDT by unique
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To: unique

OK America, what can we do to stop this?


20 posted on 04/26/2009 2:52:39 PM PDT by blueyon (It is worth taking a stand even if you are standing alone!)
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To: Fred Nerks
Agreed. And the struggle between the lefties inside of the CIA and the pAtriots in the CIA will now advance to critical proportions. More accidental deaths and suicides to follow as Obama tries to purge the CIA of patriots, and the patriots seek to undo him.

Fir thse who laugh at such a prognosis, it would do well to remember what Cliinton brought about for William Colby.

A man who never canoed, found drowned from a midnight canoe excursion, robed in mystery.

21 posted on 04/26/2009 3:02:19 PM PDT by Candor7 (The weapons of choice against fascism are ridicule,derision ,truth. (member NRA)
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To: blueyon
Great question, but it seems like there is no one around that everyone likes to answer it.

It just seems like although the (we) conservatives have their act together, they (we) cannot even agree on a good choice to lead the entire group and conservatives don't want to compromise anything - I'm not saying that that is a bad thing, just something that will end up having us dealing with Obama for 8 years.

I'm thinking - we are screwed.

22 posted on 04/26/2009 3:10:22 PM PDT by unique
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To: WHBates
“I like to think I would not have approved those methods in the past,” he wrote,...

IOWs it's above his pay grade. His statement is the equivalent of voting 'present.'

23 posted on 04/26/2009 3:31:03 PM PDT by TigersEye (Cloward-Piven Strategy)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Such dishonesty from a White House borders on the Nixonian Hitlerian.
24 posted on 04/26/2009 8:39:47 PM PDT by Polarik (Forgeries are forever)
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