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  • Obama: U.S. 'crossed a line' and tortured after 9/11 attacks

    08/02/2014 11:29:55 AM PDT · by Innovative · 50 replies
    CNN ^ | Aug 1, 2014 | Ray Sanchez, CNN
    "When we engaged in some of these enhanced interrogation techniques, techniques that I believe and I think any fair-minded person would believe were torture, we crossed a line," Obama said. "And that needs to be ... understood and accepted. And we have to, as a country, take responsibility for that so that hopefully we don't do it again in the future." In the remarks, Obama was referring to a soon-to-be-released Senate Intelligence Committee report detailing the CIA's controversial interrogation and detention program following the 9/11 attacks. The document is a nearly 700 page summary of the full 6,800 page report...
  • Obama says after 9-11, US 'tortured some folks'

    08/01/2014 12:47:26 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 66 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 8/1/14 | ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, the United States did things that were wrong and crossed the line. He says, quote, "we tortured some folks." Obama is commenting on a Senate investigation into the CIA's interrogation techniques.
  • Smile, FBI interrogators, you're on camera

    06/05/2014 12:22:02 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 7 replies
    CBS TV ^ | June 5, 2014 | Staff
    On-camera interrogations are increasingly common with state and local police, and now in a sharp change in policy, the FBI will require its 13,000 agents to record nearly every suspect interview starting next month. It can be a powerful eyewitness, according to Assistant Chief Russ Hamill of the Montgomery County Police Department in Maryland, near Washington D.C. "It probably benefits officers far more than it ever hinders an officer," Hamill said.
  • For The Umpteenth Time: Enhanced Interrogation Worked

    04/09/2014 7:13:11 AM PDT · by xzins · 17 replies
    IBD ^ | 04/08/2014 | IBD
    Michael Morell purportedly exudes credibility on the Benghazi talking points. Well, the ex-CIA acting director also says roughing up terrorist prisoners helped catch Osama bin Laden. Morell noted that in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, "the threat reporting about another possible attack was sky high" — including the possible use of nuclear weapons in New York City. Senior al-Qaida leaders in U.S. custody "were proving very, very difficult to interrogate because they were so ideologically committed, and they had counterinterrogation training," Morell emphasized. "So we weren't getting anything out of them, and we knew that they would know about...
  • I ran the CIA interrogation program. No matter what the Senate report says, I know it worked.

    04/05/2014 8:42:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 91 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/05/2014 | Jose A. Rodriguez Jr. is the former head of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service
    People might think it is wrong for me to condemn a report I haven’t read. But since the report condemns a program I ran, I think I have justification. On Thursday, the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to declassify and release hundreds of pages of its report on U.S. terrorist interrogation practices. Certain senators have proclaimed how devastating the findings are, saying the CIA’s program was unproductive, badly managed and misleadingly sold. Unlike the committee’s staff, I don’t have to examine the program through a rearview mirror. I was responsible for administering it, and I know that it produced critical intelligence...
  • Court Weighs Police Role in Coercing Confessions[NY]

    01/15/2014 10:48:52 AM PST · by Theoria · 4 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 14 Jan 2014 | JAMES C. McKINLEY Jr.
    New York State’s highest court heard arguments in two murder cases on Tuesday that plumbed the question of how far the police can go in lying to suspects during interrogations — even to the point of telling suspects a dead victim is still alive, but might survive if they confess to precise details of the crime. The question being considered by the Court of Appeals focused on when a police officer’s lies in an interview room cross a line and become coercion. It is a question that has gained attention in legal circles recently, as more false convictions based on...
  • Biden Gathers Senators For Last-Minute Syria Briefing; CIA Torture Report Nixed

    06/28/2013 4:05:26 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 8 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | June 27, 2013 | John Hudson
    On Capitol Hill Thursday, an intimate briefing between CIA Director John Brennan and the top two members of the Senate Intelligence Committee exploded into an impromptu and classified briefing on Syria with top leaders at the State Department, CIA, White House and Congress. Originally billed as a briefing about a new CIA report defending enhanced interrogation practices, congressional aides said the focus of the briefing flipped unexpectedly to the war in Syria and was extended to the entire Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Attendees spotted by The Cable included Vice President Joe Biden, Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns, Sens. Dianne...
  • How to Interrogate Him

    04/21/2013 6:48:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/21/2013 | John Yoo
    How do we treat the suspect captured last night for the Boston Marathon bombing? If Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a 19-year-old Chechen, is linked to international terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda, federal intelligence agents should get the first crack at him, without a Miranda warning or lawyer. He would be an enemy combatant, entitled to the same constitutional rights, no more and no less, that any enemy would receive, as the Supreme Court made clear in the 1942 Quirin case. In wartime, no enemy combatant receives Miranda warnings or lawyers, which would defeat the purpose of conducting interrogation for the purpose of...
  • In Denial Over 'Zero Dark Thirty'

    02/26/2013 2:18:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    You've got to admit that it's awfully precious that there was a huge controversy about "Zero Dark Thirty" because Kathryn Bigelow's film suggested that enhanced interrogation techniques helped intelligence officials find Osama bin Laden but no controversy about the final mission in the movie -- to kill, but not capture, the al-Qaida leader. Some of the film's defenders believe that the controversy robbed "Zero Dark Thirty," Bigelow, actress Jessica Chastain and screenwriter Mark Boal of well-deserved Oscars. Maybe so but maybe not; a number of fine films were up for best picture this year. But it cannot have helped that...
  • A CIA veteran on what ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ gets wrong about the bin Laden manhunt (plus video)

    01/05/2013 8:02:08 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 3, 2013 | By Jose A. Rodriguez Jr.
    It is an odd experience to enter a darkened room and, for more than two and a half hours, watch someone tell a story that you experienced intimately in your own life. But that is what happened recently as I sat in a movie theater near Times Square and watched “Zero Dark Thirty,” the new Hollywood blockbuster about the hunt for Osama bin Laden. When I was head of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center from 2002 to 2004 and then director of the National Clandestine Service until late 2007, the campaign against al-Qaeda was my life and obsession. I must say,...
  • Cold case love triangle headed for court

    01/04/2013 11:30:30 PM PST · by thecodont · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 10:45 pm, Thursday, January 3, 2013 | Demian Bulwa
    Even in the messy world of love triangles, the predicament that Raymond Edward Wong faced in November 1999 was a tight spot. Girlfriend No. 1, who lived with the computer systems expert in Pinole, had announced she was four months pregnant with the couple's second child. But in a Sacramento maternity ward lay a newborn girl, Wong's first child with Girlfriend No. 2. And she was itching to settle down as well. According to authorities preparing to prosecute the 41-year-old Wong for murder, he fixed his dilemma by uniting the two women - each of whom knew of the other...
  • Ex-CIA Officer: Yes, Harsh Interrogations Helped Us Nail Bin Laden

    01/04/2013 4:48:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 4, 2013 | Guy Benson
    This doesn't quite qualify as breaking news for those who tracked the extraordinary labyrinth of intelligence that emerged in the days following the 2011 Abbottabad raid, but the subject of US interrogation policy is again generating controversy in advance of the release of 'Zero Dark Thirty,' a film that dramatizes the bin Laden mission.  Writing in today's Washington Post, a former top CIA counter-terrorism officer sets the record straight on what measures were, and were not, employed to help bring down the world's most infamous terrorist.  Jose Rodriguez -- who made headlines last year when his book exposed Nancy Pelosi's...
  • “Zero Dark Thirty”: Dramatized Fiction on CIA “Torture”

    01/04/2013 9:11:24 AM PST · by Starman417 · 3 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-04-13 | Wordsmith
    How accurate and realistic is the portrayal of CIA interrogation in the film? The movie, after all, opens with a statement saying “based on firsthand accounts of actual events"; then goes on to show the fictionalized brutal abuse and torture of a fictional high value terrorist, including waterboarding. Well, one "firsthand account" not utilized as an expert consultant to the movie is Jose Rodriguez, former head of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center, author of Hard Measures, and unapologetic defender of the CIA's "torture" program.... When I reviewed Zero Dark Thirty, the focus of my review was on whether or not political...
  • Hitler's Muslim Nephew Comes to New York

    09/24/2007 5:49:09 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 16 replies · 319+ views
    FrontpageMag ^ | September 24, 2007 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    Hitler's Muslim Nephew Comes to New York September 24, 2007 FrontPageMagazine.com Kenneth R. Timmerman What was New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg thinking? Apparently the former Democrat believed that escorting Iran’s Hitler-wannabe president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to the site of the September 11 memorial at Ground Zero would generate a terrific photo op. “Here I am with world leaders,” that type of thing. After all, Bloomberg has already made his appearance at the “World Leaders Forum” at Columbia University, so he was in the zone. And last year, U.S. News & World Report crowned him as one of America’s “best leaders.” But...
  • Navy SEALS Start 'Swift-Boating' Obama (Video at Link)

    08/15/2012 6:42:26 AM PDT · by tsowellfan · 37 replies
    Special ops group attacks Obama over bin Laden bragging, leaks... A group of former U.S. intelligence and Special Forces operatives is set to launch a media campaign, including TV ads, that scolds President Barack Obama for taking credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden and argues that high-level leaks are endangering American lives. Leaders of the group, the Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund Inc, say it is nonpartisan and unconnected to any political party or presidential campaign. It is registered as a so-called social welfare group, which means its primary purpose is to further the common good and its...
  • Former CIA counterterror chief: Pelosi was briefed in 2002 about waterboarding and didn’t object

    05/01/2012 6:38:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/01/2012 | AllahPundit
    Ah, I remember spending a solid month on this story back in spring 2009 when Obama and Cheney were having their war of words over enhanced interrogation. Porter Goss claimed that he and she were both briefed on waterboarding in September 2002 as members of the House intel committee, a hugely incendiary accusation given Pelosi’s status as Speaker and therefore an anti-torture liberal light. Pelosi contended that, in the NYT’s words, “the lawmakers were told only that the C.I.A. believed the methods were legal — not that they were going to be used.” Then, as the media turned up the...
  • FBI to Fund Interrogation Research Projects

    04/09/2012 12:59:44 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 15 replies
    The Revered Review ^ | April 9, 2012 | Steve Peacock
    A Federal Bureau of Investigation-led initiative seeking advances in interrogation techniques quietly was unveiled today, according to a contracting document that TRR has obtained. The High Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG) Intelligence Interviewing and Interrogation Research project, as it is known, spells out what the government hopes to achieve through subsequent federally funded research projects in the private sector.
  • Torture’s Future [Reaping the whirlwind of Obama's timidity, and soon]

    11/21/2011 2:20:56 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 21, 2011 | ERIC LEWIS
    ...“We’ll reject torture — without exception or equivocation.” During his first month in office, [Obama] made good on his pledge, signing an executive order prohibiting torture or inhumane treatment. There is no reason to doubt that the order has been followed. This was a huge step forward for the United States. But if he loses the presidency next year, Obama’s failure to deal with the legacy of torture that he inherited may turn out to be a huge problem. He has left the door open for state-sanctioned torture to be part of the next administration’s tool kit for dealing with...
  • Obama disputes GOP presidential candidates; Says waterboarding is torture

    11/13/2011 7:35:13 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov.13, 2011
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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...
  • Somali terror suspect secretly held on Navy ship for two months

    07/05/2011 4:22:39 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 5, 2011, 3:09 p.m. | Ken Dilanian
    WASHINGTON -- A Somali militant linked to Al Qaeda in both Somalia and Yemen was captured in April and held for two months on a U.S. Navy ship while being interrogated, Obama administration officials said Tuesday. The case is the first known example of the Obama administration secretly holding and questioning a terror suspect. It also sheds light on growing concerns about links between extremists in Somalia and Yemen, two of the world's poorest, least stable countries. Administration officials revealed the case Tuesday after an indictment against the man, Ahmed Warsame, was unsealed in federal court in New York. The...
  • To Torture or Assassinate: War and the Implications of Enhanced Interrogation

    06/08/2011 2:29:16 PM PDT · by liberty33 · 1 replies
    Headline Post ^ | June 8, 2011 | Editor
    Islamists believe themselves to be doing the will of Allah. They believe that their faith is the one true faith and that they are destined to win over all infidels (nonMuslims). Victory is inevitable, a historical certainty. EIT exploits this faith. Jihadists believe it is their duty to carry out their mission, and if captured, they are to resist interrogation for as long as possible. However, they also believe that they do not have to hold out indefinitely. Once they reach a threshold, they are allowed by their faith to capitulate and release information. A good jihadist will resist for...
  • 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,...
  • KSM counted seconds during waterboarding (Ensure drink is enhanced interrogation technique)

    05/16/2011 9:37:17 PM PDT · by UniqueViews · 54 replies
    Politico ^ | May 16, 2011 | Josh Gerstein
    "KSM figured out waterboarding. He figured out the limits," Marc Theissen, a speechwriter for President George W. Bush, said during a panel discussion at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington. KSM "actually mocked his interrogators by holding out his arm and counting off the seconds with his hand. He knew exactly how far we could go and when the terrorists know how far you can go it's very very hard to break them." Justice Department memos released by President Barack Obama indicate that the maximum duration for a single application of water to a terror suspect in the program authorized...
  • Lawyers for USS Cole bomb suspect file court case (with European Human Rights court)

    05/10/2011 8:07:04 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 5/10/11 | Jamey Keaton
    Lawyers for the suspected al-Qaida mastermind of the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole said Tuesday they have filed a case against Poland at Europe's court of human rights over alleged abuse against him at a CIA-run site in that country about eight years ago. The Open Society Justice Initiative, a New York-based human rights group, and lawyers for Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri are challenging Poland for "active complicity" in the extraordinary rendition program carried out under then-President George W. Bush. The case filed with the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, seeks in part to press Poland...
  • How Waterboarding Breaks You: An O'Reilly Factor Exposé

    05/10/2011 8:07:41 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 13 replies
    In this O'Reilly Factor exposé Marc Thiessen, the former chief speechwriter for President Bush, explains the enhanced interrogation methods used to start the chain of events which eventually lead to the death of Usama bin Laden. While most people believe that these methods are used to extract information, Thiessen explains that enhanced interrogations are used to create a more cooperative environment. After the subject is broken, interrogators can then start to extract the desired information, sometimes as simply as having a conversation with the person. BILL O'REILLY, HOST: Now for the top story tonight: an inside look at how the...
  • Continuing Justice Probe of Interrogators is an Outrage

    05/09/2011 8:13:59 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 2 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 05-09-11 | The Rat
    Attorney General Reopened Investigation Two Years Ago In the wake of the killing of Osama bin Laden, with Barack Obama fresh off his “I killed bin Laden” victory tour, Attorney General Eric Holder’s criminal investigation into the interrogation techniques utilized by CIA officers against captured terrorists is front page news again. Holder reopened the previously reviewed case after assuring Republicans that he would not do so. In January of 2009, Republican opposition to Holder’s appointment as Attorney General subsided following his “private assurances” that he did not intend to pursue CIA officers who acted in “good faith” when conducting harsh...
  • Obama Will Not Intervene With AG Holder Over Indictments of CIA Interrogators

    05/05/2011 3:38:20 PM PDT · by Ballygrl · 16 replies
    Ace of Spades ^ | 5/5/11 | Ace of Spades
    May 05, 2011 Debra Burlingame: Obama Says He Will Not Intervene With AG Holder Over Indictments of CIA Interrogators Just over FoxNews now. As the wife sister of one of the victims of 9/11 -- and a persistent critic of Obama's policies -- she used the meet-and-greet as a chance to ask Obama about an issue that concerns her. Holder's holding indictments over the heads of CIA interrogators -- the same ones who delivered bin Ladin to the SEALs. Burlingame asked him about that, and said "I know you can't tell him what to do" (which isn't really true), and...
  • It is ironic that Obama is getting credit for bin Laden's death

    05/05/2011 4:57:10 AM PDT · by Scanian · 29 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 05/04/2011 | Jim Davis
    Some liberals are trying to give all of the credit for the death of Osama bin Laden to Barack Obama and his enlightened leadership. But if we had fought the war on terrorism the way liberals wanted us to fight it, bin Laden would still be alive today and we wouldn’t have the first clue of how to find him. The New York Times and MSNBC have confirmed that the nom de guerre of a key courier for bin Laden, “Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti,” was obtained by interrogating detainees held at Guantanamo Bay. If we had listened to the liberals, Guantanamo...
  • Terrorist Detainee Documents Demonstrate Value of “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques”...

    05/04/2011 1:03:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | May 4, 2011
    Complete title:Terrorist Detainee Documents Demonstrate Value of “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques” That Led to Osama bin Laden Capture Judicial Watch: 2004 Bush Administration Briefing Presentation Details Specifically References Role of “Couriers” in bin Laden “Support Network” Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that documents recently obtained by JW from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) demonstrate the valuable information gained by so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques,” that ultimately led to the recent capture and killing of Osama bin Laden. Judicial Watch obtained the documents pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit. In March...
  • Enhanced Interrogations Led to Bin Laden Kill: Senator

    05/03/2011 12:46:59 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 14 replies · 1+ views
    CNBC ^ | May 03, 2011 | CNBC
    A member of the US Senate Intelligence Committee has told CNBC that the death of Osama Bin Laden was a direct result of enhanced interrogations."The information that eventually led us to this compound was the direct result of enhanced interrogations; one can conclude if we had not used enhanced interrogations, we would not have come to yesterday's action," US Senator Richard Burr in a telephone interview with CNBC. As a member of the US Senate Intelligence Committee, Burr was briefed on the attack on the compound that led to Bin Laden's death and believes the failure of Pakistani security forces...
  • Why Bin Laden's Death May Benefit the Republicans in 2012

    05/03/2011 2:41:34 AM PDT · by Scanian · 33 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | May 3, 2011 | Adam Shaw
    After the initial wave of jubilation that followed the announcement of Osama bin Laden's death, the political analysis has begun and the liberal media consensus seems clear: this is an enormous political victory for the President, and it all but guarantees a 2012 election victory for President Obama. The first part of this is true; it must be conceded that this is an enormous feather in the cap of Mr. Obama, and while there are those of us who will roll our eyes at his failure to acknowledge the contribution of his predecessor to the operation, the feather is deserved....
  • Bin Laden Was Found at Luxurious Pakistan Compound

    05/02/2011 3:14:56 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 92 replies
    Reuters via CNBC ^ | May 02, 2011 | Reuters
    U.S. forces finally found al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden not in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan's border, but in a million-dollar compound in an upscale suburb of Pakistan's capital, with his youngest wife, U.S. officials said early on Monday. They were led to the fortress-like three-story building after more than four years tracking one of bin Laden's most trusted couriers, whom U.S. officials said was identified by men captured after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. "Detainees also identified this man as one of the few al Qaeda couriers trusted by bin Laden. They indicated he might be living with...
  • Bush-Era Interrogations Provided Key Details on Bin Laden's Location

    05/02/2011 6:30:39 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/2/2011 | Catherine Herridge
    Years of intelligence gathering, including details gleaned from controversial interrogations of Al Qaeda members during the Bush administration, ultimately led the Navy SEALs who killed Usama bin Laden to his compound in Pakistan. The initial threads of intelligence began surfacing in 2003 and came in the form of information about a trusted bin Laden courier, a senior U.S. official told Fox News on condition of anonymity. Bin Laden had cut off all traditional lines of communication with his network by this time because the Al Qaeda leader knew the U.S. intelligence community was monitoring him. It was said that he...
  • One unwary phone call led US to bin Laden doorstep (tip from Khalid Sheikh Mohammed)

    05/02/2011 6:57:30 PM PDT · by posterchild · 46 replies
    AP via news.yahoo.com ^ | May 2, 2011 | ADAM GOLDMAN and MATT APUZZO
    WASHINGTON – When one of Osama bin Laden's most trusted aides picked up the phone last year, he unknowingly led U.S. pursuers to the doorstep of his boss, the world's most wanted terrorist. That phone call, recounted Monday by a U.S. official, ended a years-long search for bin Laden's personal courier, the key break in a worldwide manhunt. The courier, in turn, led U.S. intelligence to a walled compound in northeast Pakistan, where a team of Navy SEALs shot bin Laden to death. The violent final minutes were the culmination of years of intelligence work. Inside the CIA team hunting...
  • Senior Official on Bin Laden Compound: ‘We Were Shocked By What We Saw’

    05/02/2011 1:12:45 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 101 replies
    CNSNews ^ | May 2, 2011 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - A senior administration official providing the “details on the intelligence background” of the raid that killed al Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden said that when U.S. intelligence officials first discovered the compound in Pakistan where they believed bin Laden was living they “were shocked” by what they saw. U.S. intelligence agencies found the compound after years of following a trail that began with information they gleaned from “post-9/11 period” al Qaeda detainees, the official said in a conference call briefing held by the White House shortly after midnight. The transcript of the briefing was posted on...
  • Did Waterboarding Just Get Vindicated?

    05/02/2011 1:00:39 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 41 replies
    Joe Weisenthal ^ | 5-2-11 | Business Insider
    The view from (some) on the right in regard to the Bin Laden news is: waterboarding is vindicated. One GOP Congressman tweeted: Wonder what President Obama thinks of water boarding now? The reason is that there's a direct line to be traced from the big news to data collected at GITMO -- data that was almost certainly collected under duress. Here's the key interrogation note regarding a courier going to Abottabad: Rest @ link
  • WikiLeaks: Osama bin Laden Killed After Tip-Off From His Deputy [Waterboarding Works!]

    05/02/2011 11:50:51 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 29 replies
    London Telegraph ^ | May 02, 2011 | Tim Ross
    WikiLeaks: Osama bin Laden Killed After Tip-Off From His Deputy The mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, who was interrogated using “torture” techniques, gave the United States the breakthrough that resulted in the killing of Osama bin Laden. 02 May 2011 Follow Tim Ross on Twitter Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM), who was repeatedly subjected to methods including “waterboarding” and stress positions, provided the CIA with the name of bin Laden’s personal courier, according to US officials. A second source – also an al-Qaeda “leader” held at Guantanamo Bay – then confirmed the courier’s identity, sparking an intense manhunt that resulted in...
  • Frail couple suspected of manslaughter over death of OCD daughter

    02/08/2011 7:21:35 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | February 6, 2011 | Richard Savill and John Bingham
    An elderly couple have been arrested on suspicion of killing their daughter who died after two decades battling an extreme form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Ken and Marion Hancox, who are both in ill health, have spent eight months under suspicion of the manslaughter of their housebound daughter, Samantha, a former law student. The 40-year-old developed a crippling phobia of germs which forced her to shower up to 20 hours a day and left her incapable of cooking for herself. She developed the disorder as a student and had needed constant care from her parents ever since. By the time...
  • Banned Techniques Yielded ‘High Value Information,’ Memo Says (Full, unedited memo released)

    04/21/2009 6:33:45 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 100 replies · 7,368+ views
    NY Times ^ | 4/21/09 | Peter Baker
    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. -snip- Admiral Blair’s assessment that the interrogation methods did produce important information was deleted from a condensed version of his memo...
  • Under Ingraham's Interrogation, Newsweek's Fineman Pleads 'No Contest' for Newsweek's 'Mesmerized'

    08/10/2010 6:30:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 8/10/10 | Tim Graham
    On Tuesday morning's Laura Ingraham radio show, Newsweek reporter Howard Fineman pleaded "no contest" in Latin to the conservative host's lecture that Newsweek was too busy celebrifying Barack and Michelle Obama to weigh whether Obama would succeed as president. (Audio here.) He insisted the magazine was "mesmerized" by a "brilliantly run campaign," as if it wasn't also about their liberal wishes and dreams: INGRAHAM: How is it though with all these smart people at Newsweek – I went around the block with Evan Thomas about this as well. How did you all think that a guy who basically went from...
  • Lt. Col. Allen West: The Truth

    08/03/2010 6:01:40 PM PDT · by scottfactor · 2 replies · 31+ views
    scottfactor.com ^ | 08/03/2010 | Scott Factor
    On July 24th, I received a comment on my blog from a coward that calls himself “Stogie”. I suppose because his head may be cigar-shaped, but I’m not sure. Anyway, Stogie decided to try and discredit a military man by calling him a war criminal. That man was Lt. Col. Allen West. It seems that Stogie has an entire blog dedicated to bashing great Americans that have served our country. I decided to post this video that shows the true story of Allen West and his heroic efforts. Now, I don’t care if you like the guy or don’t like...
  • Freed Russian spies to face lie detector at home

    07/13/2010 4:35:42 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 07/13/10 | Christine Cornell
    Freed Russian spies to face lie detector at home 13:13 13/07/2010 © REUTERS/ /Christine Cornell Ten Russian spies freed in a swap deal with the U.S. will take lie detector tests as part of an evaluation of their performances, the Moskovsky Komsomolets daily said on Tuesday, citing an intelligence service source. After their arrival in the Russian capital, the ten were delivered directly to the headquarters of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), the source said. "Specialists are currently working with members of the spy team. They are trying to find out who, and in what circumstances, could have failed,"...
  • Obama starts deploying interrogation teams

    05/18/2010 7:04:11 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies · 939+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 5/18/10 | Adam Entous
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration said on Tuesday it has started deploying special law enforcement and intelligence teams to interrogate suspected militants held in the United States and abroad. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the formation of the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG) in August and gave the reins to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, replacing the Central Intelligence Agency that did have the lead role in intelligence interrogations. "The HIG actually has deployed some teams already, both domestically and overseas, to conduct interrogations or to support interrogations that were underway," a senior Obama administration official said. Officials...
  • Eric Massa's New Job in the Obama Administration?

    05/13/2010 8:24:59 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 149+ views
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 5-13-2010 | Jared H. McAndersen
    Ever since its full scale assault on interrogation tactics such as waterboarding, the Obama Administration announced a while ago that it would form an elite interrogation unit for high value terrorists in captivity. This has left me wondering what type of person they would look for to be in the unit, and what the methods they would employ might be.... Nice to see the good former congressman taking his lemons and making tickled lemonade. If you don't know or remember the Elmo reference then click here and you're welcome. The Looking Spoon is a conservative humor/satire/art/commentary blog, visit www.thelookingspoon.com...
  • Playing Shell Games and Painting Themselves into a Corner

    03/22/2010 10:14:00 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 258+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-21-10 | Wordsmith
    This would be partisanly hilarious if it weren't so serious. From the Washington Post: The White House is considering whether to detain international terrorism suspects at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan, senior U.S. officials said, an option that would lead to another prison with the same purpose as Guantanamo Bay, which it has promised to close. The idea, which would require approval by President Obama, already has drawn resistance from within the government. Army Gen. Stanley A. McCrystal, the top commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, and other senior officials strongly oppose it, fearing that expansion of...
  • Spurning Waterboarding, Courting Disaster

    03/15/2010 8:21:22 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 132+ views
    American Journalism Center ^ | March 15, 2010 | Sheila Archambault
    Spurning Waterboarding, Courting Disaster Sheila Archambault, March 15, 2010 The United States is in danger of another 9/11 attack, because the U.S. is no longer focused on capturing, detaining and interrogating the senior leaders of al-Quaida, a former White House senior staff member said at the Heritage Foundation. Around the same time President Obama was releasing the information about the CIA enhanced interrogation program and eliminated the program, a new terrorist organization was forming called al-Quaida in the Arabian Peninsula, a merger of al-Quaida in Saudi Arabia and Yemen, said Marc Thiessen, author of the book, Courting Disaster: How the...
  • Nancy Pelosi and the CIA: Who's Lying Now?

    03/10/2010 3:32:10 AM PST · by Scanian · 8 replies · 541+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | March 10, 2010 | Jane Jamison
    Along with her difficulties ramming health care down our throats, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has an ugly, slightly "cobwebbed" credibility issue that is about to get dusted off and given full, sunlit exposure due to new documents being pried loose by court order. Pelosi's "credibility" is under scrutiny due to her unusually harsh criticism of the Central Intelligence Agency last year. When liberals began flapping indignantly a few years ago over "enhanced interrogation techniques" such as waterboarding, which were used on detained terrorists after 9/11, the CIA defended itself in 2009, saying that certain members of Congress had been...
  • 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...
  • Taliban’s number two NOT being questioned by top U.S. interrogation team

    02/27/2010 1:25:46 AM PST · by American Dream 246 · 22 replies · 1,792+ views
    Hotair ^ | 02/27/10 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    This would be the same interrogation team — the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group — that was created last August as a kinder, gentler version of the Bush/Cheney CIA Inquisition, yet somehow wasn’t up and running in time to question Abdulmutallab after the attempted Christmas Day bombing of Flight 253. Fast-forward two months and the HIG is now ready to roll. So why aren’t they in Pakistan questioning Mullah Baradar? Well, funny thing: No one seems to know why. [S]ome sources say that U.S. intelligence personnel in Pakistan, who are believed to include both CIA and military counterterrorism experts, were not...