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  • CIA Enhanced Interrogation Program Exonerated…..AGAIN!

    07/07/2011 6:43:28 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 1 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 07-07-11 | Wordsmith
    Toward the end of last month, WaPo and other newspapers reported how the Department of Justice, after re-investigating 101 cases, found only 2 CIA-custody deaths that are still possibly worth pursuing as criminal cases. The Agency is relieved but still unsettled over the stress of criminal investigations being conducted (yet again) when they had tread carefully to insure that everything they were doing in the EIT program was legally covered. “It’s good that he’s narrowed things down to two cases,” the former CIA official said. “On the other hand, he’s been looking at these cases for two years and...
  • Finally an Intellectually Honest Critic of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques

    06/02/2011 9:47:12 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 1 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-02-11 | Wordsmith
    In 2007, WaPo ended an article quoting a CIA officer as saying in 2005, "The larger problem here, I think is that this kind of stuff just makes people feel better, even if it doesn't work." in regards to the question of whether torture works or not. Now we have Gregg Bloche, a physician and a professor of law at Georgetown University, writing for WaPo, saying the reverse: That those who say "torture doesn't work" are saying it to make themselves feel better. Finally, we have a critic of the CIA enhanced interrogation program who isn't launching into hyperbole...
  • Santorum Backtracks On McCain Comments: I Respect His Service But Torture Still Works

    05/18/2011 11:19:55 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 28 replies
    TalkingPointsMemo ^ | 05/18/2011 | Jillian Rayfield
    Rick Santorum backtracked on his comments that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) may not "understand how enhanced interrogation works" if he doesn't believe it led to the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden. Santorum said in a statement Wednesday that he disagrees with McCain's view that torture doesn't work, but "for anyone to infer my disagreement with Senator McCain's policy position lessens my respect for his service to our country and all he had to endure is outrageous and unfortunate." McCain last week gave a speech on the Senate floor, which he underlined in a number of other media appearances,...
  • Torture doesn’t work…ok, so where’s the disagreement?

    05/12/2011 1:00:19 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 12 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-12-11 | Wordsmith
    ARLINGTON, VA - DECEMBER 15: (L-R) US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, US President George W. Bush and US Vice President Dick Cheney attend the Armed Forces Farewell Tribute toRumsfeld at the Pentagon December 15, 2006 in Arlington, Virginia. Praise was heaped on the outgoing secretary by Bush and Cheney and Rumsfeld used his farewell speech to call for an increase in military spending. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) "The history of the United States military is clear: Torture doesn't work"- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld“We don’t torture. That’s not what we’re involved in.”- Vice President Dick Cheney“This country doesn’t torture,...
  • Tactics Used By Bush Paved The Way To bin-Laden’s Death….So Why Not Continue Them?

    05/10/2011 12:39:10 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 6 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-10-11 | Curt
    It's amazing. We found Osama bin-Laden because of the Enhanced Interrogation Techniques authorized by the prior administration. Because of the captured terrorists imprisoned at Gitmo. Because of the intelligence agents who worked tirelessly, using all the techniques authorized by Bush, to find Osama. And to this day Obama has discontinued placing prisoners in Gitmo, discontinued EIT's, and is investigating the agents who got the information that allowed Obama to order the execution of Osama. Oh, but putting a few bullets into the head of the man is a-ok. Just don't go waterboarding anyone. [VIDEO AT SITE] or HERE “It...
  • CIA officials: Crucial info in bin Laden capture came from tactics now forsworn by Obama

    05/05/2011 11:19:37 PM PDT · by Anti-Hillary · 8 replies
    JWR ^ | 5/5/11 | Ken Dilanian
    An al-Qaida suspect who was subjected to harsh interrogation techniques at a secret CIA prison in early 2004 provided his interrogators with a clue — the nom de guerre of a mysterious courier — that ultimately proved crucial to finding and killing Osama bin Laden, officials said Wednesday. The CIA had approved use of sleep deprivation, slapping, nudity, water dousing and other coercive techniques at the now-closed CIA "black site" in Poland where the Pakistani-born detainee, Hassan Ghul, was held, according to a 2005 Justice Department memo, which cited Ghul by name. Two U.S. officials said Wednesday that some of...
  • Criminalizing and Banning the Interrogation Techniques that Have Kept America Safe

    03/02/2010 1:19:56 PM PST · by Starman417 · 4 replies · 257+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-02-10 | Wordsmith
    Impeach Bush. War criminals. Cheney, Halliburton and torture. Illegal war. Spying on Americans. Secret prisons. shredding of our Constitution. Sacrificed our values. Bush lied, people died. Waterboarding is torture. Rather than seeing things in terms of "policy differences", those further to the left of President Obama (hard to believe that's possible, I know- but now he has to govern) still seek to appease their moveon.org base by prosecuting persecuting those they believe participated in criminal activity under the Bush Administration. They believe that Bush hurt America's moral standing in the world. A bit over a week ago, Bush lawyers Yoo...
  • DOJ: Department Of Jihad?

    02/24/2010 4:26:59 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 595+ views
    Investors.com ^ | February 24, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    War On Terror: The Justice Department employs nine lawyers previously involved in the defense of terrorist detainees. This is a colossal conflict of interest. Just whose side are they on? From the dropping of a voter-intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party to the decision to try 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Muhammed in a civilian court within blocks of where the World Trade Center once stood, the actions and attitudes of the Justice Department and Attorney General Eric Holder toward the thugs and terrorists who threaten us has grown curiouser and curiouser. We may now have a clue as...
  • Cheney Vs. Biden

    02/16/2010 4:25:27 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies · 739+ views
    Investors.com ^ | February 16, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Politics: A battle ensues between one vice president who defended freedom well and another who sorely needs his boss's teleprompter. Biden accuses Cheney of rewriting history while claiming that Iraq is this administration's victory. Maybe Vice President Joe Biden should think about writing talking points on his hand as his rhetoric reaches levels of absurdity where no politician has gone before. After last weekend's round of competitive gabfests, one would expect to see a billboard of former Vice President Dick Cheney with a caption, "Miss me yet?" We do, sir, we do. After yeoman service helping President Bush fight the...
  • Loose Lips

    02/05/2010 5:23:50 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies · 1,122+ views
    Investors.com ^ | February 5, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Holder's decision to Mirandize the Christmas bomber was bad enough. Telling the world he was talking again waseven worse Security: The administration says the Christmas bomber is now cooperating with authorities. We thought they got all the information he had in a 50-minute chat. So just why are we letting our enemies know he's talking? In any war, it's vitally important that you know what your enemy is planning and doing, just as it's important that your actions and plans remain secret. And when you know about your enemy's plans it's important they don't know that you know. We were...
  • ABC and NBC Resist Vindicating Cheney, But Hayes Finds Proof EIT's 'Effective'

    08/25/2009 6:54:55 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 50 replies · 2,163+ views
    newsbusters.org ^ | August 25, 2009 | Brent Baker
    ABC's Brian Ross and NBC's Andrea Mitchell on Tuesday night each listed some al Qaeda plots uncovered via CIA interrogations, but both balked when it came to vindicating former Vice President Dick Cheney on whether “enhanced interrogation techniques” (EITs) led to information which prevented attacks. “Nowhere in the reports...does the CIA ever draw a direct connection between the valuable information and the specific use of harsh tactics,” Ross declared on World News in citing reports Cheney requested be released. NBC's Andrea Mitchell cited only Khalid Sheikh Mohammad and related how “administration officials say there is no way to know whether...
  • CIA Memos Released – Why We Need To Support Our Intelligence Community, Not Throw Them To The Wolves

    08/24/2009 8:00:52 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 15 replies · 902+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 08-24-09 | Curt
    The sad part in the news tonight that the interrogation techniques used on al-Qaeda DID, in fact, result in the disruption of our enemies attacks against the United States and the capture of many members of AQ is the fact that these techniques will no longer be used. Meaning.....it's a waiting game until the next successful attack: A redacted version of the CIA Inspector General Report on the CIA interrogation program was released today. Media coverage seems to imply that CIA interrogators were constantly going beyond programmatic guidance, where the IG Report found the reality to be that “there were...
  • Cantor complains Pelosi refuses to meet with him

    06/08/2009 5:48:45 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 45 replies · 2,851+ views
    The Hill ^ | June 8, 2009 | Molly K. Hooper and Bob Cusack
    Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) says he has requested to meet privately with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) this year, but has been repeatedly rebuffed. In an interview with The Hill, the minority whip said, “I have been told that Speaker Pelosi doesn’t like to meet with Republicans … I would say that is the case in my instance. I have put in requests to meet with her and have yet to be responded to.” Hours later, Cantor would be on the House floor, questioning whether the Speaker should continue to receive intelligence briefings. In his floor comments, Cantor grilled Majority Leader...
  • CASEY: Inconsistent interrogation tales (Commentary)

    06/07/2009 9:26:12 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies · 428+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 7, 2009 | David B. Rivkin Jr. and Lee A. Casey
    As the controversy continues over what and when Speaker Nancy Pelosi knew about the CIA's use of enhanced interrogation methods (EIM), there is a significant overlooked dimension to this Washington melodrama. If the speaker, as she admits, was informed as early as 2002 of the program, including the possible use of waterboarding, but was powerless to challenge that policy - except by using it as a political tool in the 2006 congressional elections - the entire web of practical, legal and institutional arrangements known as "intelligence oversight" is useless, a congressional Potemkin Village. This would weaken Congress' hard-won post-Watergate authority...
  • Republican on Intel panel fires back at Dems

    06/06/2009 9:13:00 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies · 926+ views
    The Hill ^ | June 6, 2009 | Jared Allen
    The top Republican on an intelligence subcommittee fired back at Democrats on Friday night after they accused GOP lawmakers of revealing sensitive information following a closed hearing earlier this week. Rep. Jeff Miller (Fla.), the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Oversight and Investigations subcommittee, maintained that his members acted appropriately after the hearing. He countered Democratic claims that Republicans sought to close the hearing to the public, and even cautioned Democrats accusing Republicans of violating committee rules that they may have violated those rules themselves. After Republican subcommittee member John Kline (R-Minn.) told The Hill that he came away...
  • Dems mulling sanctions against GOP Intel members

    06/05/2009 5:45:21 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies · 962+ views
    The Hill ^ | June 5, 2009 | Jared Allen
    Democrats are considering punishing Republican members on the Intelligence Committee who openly discussed information that was given to them at a classified briefing on interrogations. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), the chairwoman of the House Intelligence Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, acknowledged on MSNBC that panel members received a classified briefing on Thursday. And she said Republican members who spoke to the The Hill after the briefing could be sanctioned. “Certainly I think there needs to be accountability,” Schakowsky said during a Friday appearance on MSNBC’s The Ed Show. “I don’t exactly know if sanctions ought to be given or what...
  • House GOP dares Dems to prove intel allegations

    06/05/2009 12:00:47 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies · 867+ views
    The Hill ^ | June 5, 2009 | Jared Allen
    House Republicans on Friday reacted to Democratic claims that they leaked sensitive information from a closed Intelligence Committee hearing by using the same line of attack they’ve deployed on Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.): Prove it. “First you have Speaker Pelosi accusing the CIA of misleading Congress all the time without providing any proof. Now other Democrats are following her lead and making equally false claims without any proof,” Jamal Ware, spokesman for House Intelligence Committee Republicans, said on Friday. “If they believe the classified substance of the meeting was revealed, they should prove it.” Intelligence Committee Democrats on Thursday blasted...
  • Intel firestorm: GOP reveals briefing info

    06/04/2009 7:18:01 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 40 replies · 2,394+ views
    The Hill ^ | June 4, 2009 | Jared Allen
    Republicans ignited a firestorm of controversy on Thursday by revealing some of what they had been told at a closed-door Intelligence Committee hearing on the interrogation of terrorism suspects. Democrats immediately blasted the GOP lawmakers for publicly discussing classified information, while Republicans said Democrats are trying to hide the truth that enhanced interrogation of detainees is effective. GOP members on the Intelligence Committee on Thursday told The Hill in on-the-record interviews that they were informed that the controversial methods have led to information that prevented terrorist attacks. When told of the GOP claims, Democrats strongly criticized the members who revealed...
  • Obama vs Cheney

    05/22/2009 9:23:25 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 18 replies · 905+ views
    911FamiliesForAmerica.org ^ | May 22, 2009 | Tim Sumner
    Last night, Mark Levin compared the speech of President Barack Obama to remarks made by former Vice President Dick Cheney yesterday. (Full audio of Cheney speech here.): There are flaws within these passages from what President Obama said yesterday: Indeed, the legal challenges that have sparked so much debate in recent weeks in Washington would be taking place whether or not I decided to close Guantanamo. For example, the court order to release seventeen Uighur detainees took place last fall – when George Bush was President. The Supreme Court that invalidated the system of prosecution at Guantanamo in 2006 was...
  • No way it's torture

    05/19/2009 11:13:47 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies · 884+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | May 19, 2009 | Mychal Massie
    It is a misnomer to call the techniques employed in the extraction of information from terrorists "enhanced" anything. They should simply be called "basic interrogation techniques." The word enhanced, by definition, means to augment with improved, advanced or sophisticated features. Therein lies my complaint in part. Forced nakedness, sleep deprivation, sensory deprivation, prolonged isolation, sensory bombardment (e.g., prolonged loud music and/or bright lights), scriptural desecration, simulated drowning, i.e., waterboarding, and stressful positions are not enhanced or extreme, nor are they torture. Torture would be a battery with cables connected to one's more personal or sensitive areas. Torture would be being...
  • OZ TV AIRS NEW TORTURE PHOTOS

    05/15/2009 9:12:52 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 56 replies · 6,287+ views
    DRUDGE linked to UK Mail ^ | 15 MAY 09 | David Gardner
    President Barack Obama was today accused of a major U-turn after he decided to keep the controversial military commissions set up by George Bush to prosecute terror suspects. The surprise White House announcement reversed Mr Obama’s campaign pledge to rely on America’s conventional criminal court system. It was the president’s second U-turn this week after he changed his mind and pledged to try and block the court-ordered release of damning photographs showing US soldiers abusing prisoners. Last night’s move led to an outcry from shocked human rights campaigners who thought Mr Obama intended to dismantle the terror tribunals after calling...
  • Cheney Will Appeal CIA Decision on Memos

    05/14/2009 5:11:20 PM PDT · by lewisglad · 118 replies · 6,572+ views
    Fox News ^ | 5/14/09 | Kelly Chernenkoff
    Former Vice President Dick Cheney will appeal a CIA decision denying his request for the release of memos he's contended are crucial to proving the success of "enhanced interrogation techniques" of detainees. Cheney's office released a two-sentence statement reacting to the denial, "The Obama Administration has denied Vice President Cheney's request for the declassification of two documents that provide information about the effectiveness of the detainee program. Vice President Cheney is preparing his appeal to this denial."
  • CONFIRMED: Interrogation techniques DID aid in our fight against Al Qaeda

    05/14/2009 5:53:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies · 1,241+ views
    From the NYT, of all places: WASHINGTON – President Obama’s national intelligence director told colleagues in a private memo last week that the harsh interrogation techniques banned by the White House did produce significant information that helped the nation in its struggle with terrorists.“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,” Adm. Dennis C. Blair, the intelligence director, wrote in a memo to his staff last Thursday.Admiral Blair sent his memo on the same day the administration publicly released secret Bush...
  • Dems: CIA briefers may have broken law

    05/14/2009 3:59:48 PM PDT · by HospiceNurse · 49 replies · 1,659+ views
    Politico ^ | 5/14/09 | MANU RAJU
    Democrats on the House intelligence committee said Thursday that CIA officers broke the law in 2002 if they told Nancy Pelosi then that they had not yet engaged in waterboarding. "If they make a false report, absolutely it's illegal," said Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. "If they fail to make a report when they're obligated to that is also illegal — a violation of the National Security Act." Said CIA Spokesman George Little: “It is not the policy of the CIA to mislead the United States Congress.”
  • GOP's torture strategy: Pelosi

    05/11/2009 2:24:08 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies · 870+ views
    Politico ^ | May 11, 2009 | Manu Raju
     For Democrats pushing an investigation into potential criminal wrongdoing in the war on terrorism, the GOP now has a two-word response: Nancy Pelosi. Republicans say new revelations about a CIA briefing Pelosi received in 2002 have given them their best shot yet at blocking a sprawling probe into Bush administration interrogation techniques by allowing them to insist that its targets would include the speaker of the House. “If someone is going to schedule hearings, I believe that the first witness should be Nancy Pelosi,” Rep. Pete Hoekstra, the ranking member on the House intelligence committee, told POLITICO. “Clearly, she was...
  • Pelosi Knew about Waterboarding from the Start ( Liar, liar... )

    05/07/2009 4:23:47 PM PDT · by kellynla · 85 replies · 4,222+ views
    humanevents.com ^ | 05/07/2009 | Jed Babbin
    She knew from the beginning. According to a CIA document compiled by the Director of National Intelligence summarizing briefings to Congress on the use of enhanced interrogation techniques on terrorist detainees, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca) knew from the very beginning that those techniques -- including waterboarding -- were being used on September 2, 2002. According to the memo the very first briefing listed is 9/4/02 with then Rep. Porter Goss & Pelosi. The summary of the briefing says: “Briefing on EITs including use of EITs on Abu Zubaydah, background on authorities, and a description of the particular EITs that...
  • Unclassified Documents point to Pelosi’s Knowledge of EIT

    04/25/2009 5:05:42 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 19 replies · 1,531+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-25-09 | Skye
    In 2007 Real Clear Politics published an article detailing the uproar in congress over destroyed 'terror tapes'. In the article, Porter Goss places Madame Pelosi along with the top members of the intelligence committees at a 'virtual tour' of CIA interrogation facilities in 2002: Their article described some of the background to last week's congressional uproar over the CIA's destruction of so-called "terror tapes" that had been made during harsh interrogations of captured al-Qaeda terrorists. It turned out that back in September 2002, four top members of the intelligence committees -- including Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who is now House...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 3-18-03

    03/18/2003 5:12:17 AM PST · by petuniasevan · 10 replies · 481+ views
    NASA ^ | 3-18-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 March 18 Coronal Holes on the Sun Credit: SOHO - EIT Consortium, ESA, NASA Explanation: The ominous, dark shapes haunting the left side of the Sun are coronal holes -- low density regions extending above the surface where the solar magnetic field opens freely into interplanetary space. Studied extensively from space since the 1960s in ultraviolet and x-ray light, coronal holes are known to be the source...