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  • Palin on the wane: She's even ticking off Christians (The Left worried about Christianity?)

    05/02/2014 11:02:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    It's generally a waste of space to reference Sarah Palin, which is why she so rarely appears here. She long ago devolved into a cartoon, and her clout (such as it was) continues to wane. She's like the incoherently choleric aunt you see once a year at Thanksgiving. She's like the real-life version of Kristin Wiig's brain-addled Aunt Linda. But... (You knew there'd be a But.) But every great once in a while, John McCain's Hail Mary gift to America says something so scintillating that we'd be remiss to ignore it. Her remark earlier this week about the religious virtues...
  • Christians Slam Palin Over Waterboarding Baptism Comment

    05/02/2014 9:50:12 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 57 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 5/1/14 | Drew MacKenzie
    ormer Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has come under fire from Catholics and other Christians over her "blasphemous" and "sacrilegious" comments comparing waterboarding to baptism. The 2008 Republican candidate for vice president said at a National Rifle Association convention in Indianapolis over the weekend that if she were in charge, "waterboarding is how we'd baptize terrorists." Edward Peters, a professor on canon law at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, attacked Palin in his blog, "In the Light of the Law," saying that even if "her words only meet the lesser standard of 'irreverence' toward God or holy things, they were...
  • Palin goes too far, again

    05/01/2014 1:56:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    CNN ^ | May 1, 2014 | Professor David M. Perry, Dominican University
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Last Sunday, Sarah Palin stood before the huge crowd at the 2014 National Rifle Association annual meeting and condemned liberals for coddling terrorists. She loaded her speech with religious metaphors, claiming that true leaders would put "the fear of God in our enemies." She said, "They obviously have information on plots to carry out jihad. Oh, but you can't offend them, can't make them feel uncomfortable, not even a smidgen. Well, if I were in charge, they would know that waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists." Palin's invocation of forced baptism shocked both conservatives and liberals, inspiring few defenders....
  • Bryan Fischer: Sarah Palin’s joke about waterboarding people was “clever and funny”

    04/30/2014 2:56:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Salon ^ | April 30, 2014 | Elias Isquith, assistant editor
    The influential Christian fundamentalist says Palin's joke worked so well because "waterboarding is not torture" Speaking on his radio show on Tuesday, the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer came to the defense of Sarah Palin, arguing that her recent controversial joke about waterboarding-as-terrorist-baptism was not barbaric and offensive but rather “clever and funny” and good. “I just love her spunk and lover her spirit,” Fischer said in Palin’s defense. Besides, Fischer said, “waterboarding is not torture.” “I mean, it may not be pleasant, it may not be fun, but it’s not torture,” Fischer continued. “The guy’s not going to die,...
  • Hannity Defends Palin’s Waterboarding Remarks: ‘That’s the Way America Rolls’

    04/29/2014 7:07:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Mediaite ^ | April 29, 2014 | Matt Wilstein
    Sean Hannity has come to Sarah Palin’s defense after the former Alaska governor told an NRA rally over the weekend that if she were president, America’s enemies “would know that waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists.” Hannity agreed with Palin on his radio show, saying, “That’s the way America rolls.” “Well what do you want to do with terrorists?” Hannity asked any critics out there who disagreed with Palin’s sentiments. He laid out a hypothetical scenario where someone kidnapped his three children and he had the chance to interrogate them into telling him where they were. “Would you want to...
  • Dem Senator Reminds Us After Palin Waterboarding "Baptisms": She Was Almost Veep

    04/29/2014 5:53:21 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 42 replies
    Talkingpointsmemo.com ^ | April 29, 2014 | Daniel Strauss
    Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) wanted to remind everyone after Sarah Palin said waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists: she could have been vice president of the United States.
  • Sarah Palin Will Never Run for Office; Here’s Why

    04/28/2014 6:53:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    WebProNews ^ | April 28, 2014 | Mike Tuttle
    Hillary Clinton is running for President. Oh, sure, she hasnÂ’t announced it yet. But all the signs are there: speeches to certain groups, third-party money-raising apparatus, little hints dropped by Bill Clinton on Twitter. Hillary can play coy, but no one in the Democrat Party believes for a second that she did not walk out of the offices of Secretary of State and right into a campaign meeting. But what about the other big female name in American politics? No, not Elizabeth Warren. She is going to run with Hillary for the VP job. WeÂ’re talking about Sarah Palin. Ever...
  • Sarah Palin’s Barbarism

    04/28/2014 1:20:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 147 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | April 28, 2014 | Patrick Brennan, associate editor
    It’s been no secret for a while that Sarah Palin, erstwhile vice-president candidate, is no longer a serious political contender — for evidence of that transition, note that even among her faithful, at CPAC this year, she got just 2 percent of the vote in the straw poll, tied with Condoleezza Rice. But as her crowd-pleasing performance in the very final speech of that event — and her lucrative contract with Fox News and huge social-media following — indicate, she’s gone from being a potential political leader to something of a cultural totem. That means her speeches have gone from...
  • Sarah Palin: ‘Waterboarding is how we’d baptize terrorists’ in her administration

    04/26/2014 7:47:03 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 563 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 26, 2016 | David Sherfinski
    INDIANAPOLIS — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin fired up a crowd of thousands inside Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday night to kick off the National Rifle Association’s “Stand and Fight Rally,” saying Americans’ constitutional rights as envisioned by the founding fathers are under attack and policies like gun-free zones constitute “stupid on steroids.” “They knew that if the Second Amendment goes, the rest of the constitution is not far behind,” she said of the country’s founders. In her approximately 12-minute address, Mrs. Palin also derided what she argued is akin to a ‘blame the messenger’ attitude on gun violence many Americans...
  • 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...
  • CIA official dies in apparent suicide

    04/05/2014 1:54:03 PM PDT · by mgist · 28 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/5/13 | Gertz
    A senior CIA official has died in an apparent suicide this week from injuries sustained after jumping off a building in northern Virginia, according to sources close to the CIA. Sen. Diane Feinstein (D., Calif.), chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, has said the CIA has blocked efforts by the committee to investigate harsh interrogation of terrorists. Committee staff members working at a CIA facility in Northern Virginia to investigate agency interrogation practices also have charged that the CIA covertly searched the agency’s computers that were being used in the investigation. The agency subsequently reported that several Senate...
  • Senate set to seek declassification of CIA report; White House will decide what’s made public

    04/02/2014 8:16:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | April 2, 2014 | By David Lightman, Marisa Taylor and Lesley Clark
    The Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday is expected to approve the declassifying of the findings, conclusions and executive summary of its $40 million report on the CIA’s harsh interrogation techniques, leaving it to the White House to decide just how much of the 6,300-page investigation will actually become public. President Barack Obama’s decision on what to release could either startle the nation with details already described by Sen. Dianne Feinstein as “un-American and brutal,” or offer a sanitized version of the controversial tactics used in questioning terror suspects.
  • One CIA Lawyer Could've Stopped Waterboarding Before It Started, Here's Why He Didn't

    01/31/2014 4:38:10 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 76 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 31, 2014 | By LEE FERRAN
    On Sept. 11, 2001, while a hijacked plane was still unaccounted for, the CIA headquarters was evacuated. But like several officers and analysts in the building, John Rizzo, one of the Agency's top attorneys at the time, didn't move. Instead, took out a yellow legal pad and began drafting the legal justifications for what he had already predicted would be a "full-scale assault on al Qaeda [which would] employ all means necessary to prevent any further attacks on the homeland." ... But it was down to Rizzo to decide how far American interrogators could go, and his decision would affect...
  • The Borking of 'Zero Dark Thirty'

    02/28/2013 5:23:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 28, 2013 | Larry Elder
    Weeks before the Oscars, Sony Pictures, the studio behind "Zero Dark Thirty," put out this statement: "We are outraged that any responsible member of the Academy would use their voting status in (the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences) as a platform to advance their own political agenda. The film should be judged free of partisanship. To punish an artist's right of expression is abhorrent. This community, more than any other, should know how reprehensible that is." To what was Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal referring? "Zero Dark Thirty," directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by Mark Boal,...
  • 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...
  • Obama’s Amazing Achievements: His military intervention prompted some stunning reversals. (VDH)

    03/31/2011 12:50:22 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | March 31, 2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Obama’s Amazing AchievementsHis military intervention prompted some stunning reversals. By bombing Libya, President Obama has accomplished some things once thought absolutely impossible in America:(a) War-mongering liberals: Liberals are now chest-thumping about military “progress” in Libya. Even liberal television and radio commentators cite ingenious reasons why an optional, preemptive American intervention in an oil-producing Arab country, without prior congressional approval or majority public support — and at a time of soaring deficits — is well worth supporting, in a sort of “my president, right or wrong,” fashion. Apparently, liberal foreign policy is returning to the pre-Vietnam days of the hawkish “best...
  • Why Non-Torture is More Honorable Than Assassination

    02/10/2013 6:55:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2013 | Kevin McCullough
    Astoundingly we have seen the media turn into hypocrites in recent days. Shock of shocks... how can it be? But when the President that an overwhelming majority of media members voted for, was running for President, they parroted his message of compassion, and American humility, and the need for us to talk to our enemies instead of torturing them. Being in the solid minority of media members who held that we either kill the guys who are trying to kill us, or at the very least, extract information about when they are next going to try to kill us, I...
  • Worse Than Waterboarding

    02/07/2013 3:50:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 7, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    On Tuesday, NBC released a confidential Department of Justice paper concluding that our government can authorize the use of drones to kill targeted terrorist leaders, including U.S. citizens abroad. This story bares the dividing line between honest liberals -- such as Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., the American Civil Liberties Union and the San Francisco Chronicle's editorial board, all of whom opposed some of the harsher anti-terrorism tactics employed under President George W. Bush's administration and under the current administration -- and rank opportunists, such as President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who denounced...
  • Torture Helped Get Bin Laden?

    02/07/2013 12:28:52 PM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 7, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    "Zero Dark Thirty," the film about the hunt for and killing of Osama bin Laden, got a fresh infusion of buzz over the weekend when outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta confirmed again that enhanced interrogation techniques aided the effort to find bin Laden. "Some of it came from ... interrogation tactics that were used," he said. "But the fact is we put together most of that intelligence without having to resort to that. I think we could have gotten bin Laden without that." In other words, the movie exaggerates the role played by enhanced interrogation techniques -- torture to...
  • 'Zero Dark Thirty' Threatens the 'Bush-the-Incompetent' Narrative

    02/07/2013 11:55:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 7, 2013 | Larry Elder
    In "Zero Dark Thirty," the movie about the killing of Osama bin Laden, one of the first scenes shows a terrorist being waterboarded, where useful information gets extracted. The movie thus asserts the controversial practice leads to actionable intelligence. Not only was former President George W. Bush criticized for "authorizing torture," his critics argued that "torture doesn't work." During the 2008 presidential campaign, then-Sen. Barack Obama said: "Torture is how you get bad information, not good intelligence. ... No more secret authorization of methods like simulated drowning. When I am President, America will once again be the country that stands...
  • DEF SEC Panetta Admits that CIA Used the Information from Waterboarding to Capture Osama Bin Laden

    02/03/2013 7:42:36 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 15 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3 February 2013 | Meghan Keneally
    Defense Secretary Panetta admits that CIA used the information from waterboarding to capture Osama Bin Laden • Controversial film Zero Dark Thirty has graphic waterboarding scene • Director Kathryn Bigelow says all information in the film was based on 'first hand accounts' of what happened but now Senator disputes theory Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that some of the information that was used to locate and kill Osama bin Laden was attained using torture. The admission comes after months of speculation about the role that waterboarding plays in CIA interrogations following its graphic depiction in the Oscar-nominated film Zero Dark...
  • Traitor, Not a Whistleblower: John Kiriakou

    01/28/2013 12:46:46 PM PST · by Starman417 · 1 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-28-13 | Wordsmith
    Last Friday, ex-CIA officer John Kiriakou was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison by federal judge Leonie Brinkema under the Intelligence Identities Protection Act. It's the first time that a CIA officer will serve prison time for disclosing classified information to news media. The judge rejected his claims that he acted in the interests of the nation as a whistleblower: A plea deal required the judge to impose a sentence of 2 1/2 years. U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema said she would have given John Kiriakou much more time if she could. Kiriakou's supporters describe him as a...
  • Getting Dirty Getting bin Laden

    01/06/2013 7:48:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 6, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    During George W. Bush's presidency, it was a matter of liberal faith that the use of enhanced interrogation techniques on al-Qaida members "undermine our moral authority and do not make us safer," as Barack Obama once put it. According to Obama, "enhanced interrogation techniques" are wrong, and -- no matter what common sense tells you -- they never work. Asking nicely works best with terrorists. "Zero Dark Thirty" -- Kathryn Bigelow's new thriller about the decadelong quest to bring Osama bin Laden to justice -- doesn't cleave to that liberal orthodoxy. At a preview Thursday, I saw a steely homage...
  • 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...
  • Editorial: Obama hides the whole story

    04/26/2009 12:29:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies · 1,076+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 23, 2009 | The Editors
    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...
  • Tortured WWII British Soldier Tracks Down Japanese Tormentor And Forgives Him

    10/10/2012 8:13:22 AM PDT · by trailhkr1 · 24 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 10-9-12 | Robert Hardman
    Beaten to a pile of broken bones, caged, starved and tortured, Eric Lomax was convinced he would never see Britain ever again. He had already experienced the lottery of death among the chain gangs on the Burma-Siam Railway. Now things were even worse. Accused of being a spy, he had been left to the mercies of the Japanese army’s secret police. Among their specialities was what is today known as ‘waterboarding’, when a prisoner undergoes near-drowning. It was surely only a matter of time before he would be put out of his misery.
  • Waterboarding Charges Against Delaware Doctor Who Tortured Young Daughter

    08/09/2012 12:43:13 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 17 replies
    ABC News ^ | 08/09/2012 | ALON HARISH
    A Delaware pediatrician who writes about near-death experiences of children and has appeared on "Oprah" is accused of waterboarding his 11-year-old daughter for two years, according to Delaware State Police. Dr. Melvin Morse, 58, and his wife Pauline, 40, were arrested Tuesday, a day after their daughter told a child advocate that her father had "waterboarded" her four times between May 2009 and May 2011 while her mother watched and did nothing to stop the abuse, Cpl. Gary Fournier told ABC News. ~snip~ As a method of disciplining his daughter, Morse held her face under a running faucet, causing the...
  • CIA probes publication review board over allegations of selective censorship(Waterboarding good!)

    06/01/2012 7:31:52 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp
    Washington Post ^ | May 31, 2012 | Greg Miller and Julie Tate
    The CIA has begun an internal investigation into whether a process designed to screen books by former employees and protect national security secrets is being used in part to censor agency critics, U.S. officials said. The investigation coincides with the publication of a flurry of books from CIA veterans, and it is largely aimed at determining whether some redactions have been politically motivated. Among the publications expected to get particular scrutiny is a memoir by the former head of the CIA’s clandestine service, Jose A. Rodriguez Jr., who used his book, “Hard Measures: How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9/11 Saved...
  • Soufan…Rodriguez…Carle…Crumpton

    05/18/2012 3:26:45 PM PDT · by Starman417
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-18-12 | Wordsmith
    "Mr. President, by the time we're through with these guys, they're gonna have flies walking across their eyeballs." - Former CTC chief, Cofer Black, 60 Minutes last Sunday New, more comfortable leg shackles, used to restrain detainees are shown in a room wheredetainees meet their lawyers in the maximum security Camp Six at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Stationin Guantanamo Bay, Cuba September 4, 2007. REUTERS/Joe Skipper Lawfare Blog has a roundup of some of the latest news regarding the "GWoT": The New Yorker’s Amy Davidson interviews Ali Soufan, the author of The Black Banners, on former CIA official Jose Rodriguez....
  • Court: Ex-Bush aide protected from torture lawsuit { John Yoo }

    05/02/2012 9:46:24 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 5/2/12 | PAUL ELIAS
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- An appeals court on Wednesday tossed out a convicted terrorist's lawsuit accusing a high-ranking Bush administration lawyer who wrote the so-called "torture memos" of authorizing illegally harsh treatment of "enemy combatants." Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo is protected from such lawsuits because the law defining torture and the treatment of enemy combatants was unsettled in the two years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, when the memos were written, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said. The memos have been embroiled in national security politics for years after laying out a broad interpretation...
  • 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...
  • Holding Pelosi’s Feet to the Water

    04/30/2012 4:34:41 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 8 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-30-12 | Wordsmith
    "They mislead us all the time," -Nancy Pelosi, 2009 Remember that? Covered here, here, here, and here (I'm sure I missed another dozen posts). The next week in anticipation of her weekly news conference, she avoids the topic and the press lets her off the hook. The press should have hung on to the story like a tenacious pit-bull until she either resigned or the truth outed. Instead, there she still sits...affecting our nation. Today, Marc Thiessen, in wake of the release of Jose Rodriguez's new book, Hard Measures, holds her feet to the water once again: In his new...
  • x-CIA Counterterror Chief says Pelosi ‘Reinventing the Truth’ about Waterboarding

    04/30/2012 2:10:56 PM PDT · by lbryce · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 30, 2012 | Marc A. Thiessen
    In an explosive memoir released today, former CIA counterterrorism chief Jose Rodriguez provides new evidence that Rep. Nancy Pelosi lied when she declared she had not been briefed about the use of waterboarding. Recall that in a Capitol Hill news conference three years ago, Pelosi (D-Calif.) vehemently denied being told about the use of waterboarding at a CIA briefing in September 2002. “We were not — I repeat — were not told that waterboarding or any of these other enhanced interrogation methods were used,” Pelosi said. She later changed her story, telling reporters, “We were told explicitly that waterboarding was...
  • Top CIA al-Qaida Interrogator: Obama, Pelosi 'Reinventing The Truth'

    04/30/2012 12:15:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 30 Apr 2012 12:03 PM
    The retired CIA officer who oversaw the tough terrorist interrogation program using waterboarding and other techniques says his methods saved lives by thwarting plots against the United States. During an interview Sunday night on “60 Minutes”—just days before the first anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death at the hands of Navy SEALs—Jose Rodriguez also lashed out at President Barack Obama for calling waterboarding torture and criticizing its use, and at congressional Democrats like former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for dodging responsibility over the issues. … … The highly charged interview came in the same week Republicans harshly criticized the administration...
  • Making the Hard Measures

    04/29/2012 12:52:35 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 6 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-29-12 | Wordsmith
    “The secret authorization of brutal interrogations is an outrageous betrayal of our core values, and a grave danger to our security. We must do whatever it takes to track down and capture or kill terrorists, but torture is not a part of the answer – it is a fundamental part of the problem with this administration’s approach. Torture is how you create enemies, not how you defeat them. Torture is how you get bad information, not good intelligence. Torture is how you set back America’s standing in the world, not how you strengthen it.”-Senator Obama, 2007 "I believe that waterboarding...
  • DOJ charges ex-CIA officer with leaking classified information

    01/23/2012 11:40:38 AM PST · by ColdOne · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/23/12 | Jeremy Herb
    A former CIA officer was charged Monday with illegally leaking the identity of a covert officer and other classified information to journalists. John Kiriakou, a former CIA officer and author who defended waterboarding, was charged by the Department of Justice with one count of illegally disclosing a covert officer’s identity and two counts of violating the Espionage Act for illegally leaking classified national defense information. He was also charged with making false statements for allegedly trying to trick the CIA’s Publications Review Board to let him use information in his 2010 book, The Reluctant Spy. The investigation led by U.S....
  • Punching Holes Through The Left’s Talking Points On The Zubaydah Interrogation

    04/26/2009 3:18:03 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 1 replies · 377+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-26-09 | Curt
    Lots of good posts lately from the authors about the interrogation of Zubaydah, the latest being Word's post on the book The Terrorist Watch: Inside the Desperate Race to Stop the Next Attack by Ronald Kessler. To add a few more cents Tom Maguire at Just One Minute has noticed an interesting discrepancy in the tall tale coming from Ali Soufan, a former FBI agent, in which he says: It is inaccurate, however, to say that Abu Zubaydah had been uncooperative. Along with another F.B.I. agent, and with several C.I.A. officers present, I questioned him from March to June 2002,...
  • 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...
  • John McCain rips GOP presidential candidates Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann on waterboarding

    11/15/2011 12:50:46 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 41 replies
    The Arizona lawmaker—who was tortured himself while a prisoner of war in Vietnam — said the controversial practice was both illegal and ineffective. BY ALIYAH SHAHID Republican Sen. John McCain is ripping presidential candidates in his party who insist waterboarding is an effective technique for interrogating suspected terrorists. The Arizona lawmaker—who was tortured himself while a prisoner of war in Vietnam — said the controversial practice was both illegal and ineffective on Monday evening. “Very disappointed by statements at SC GOP debate supporting waterboarding,” he tweeted. “Waterboarding is torture.” McCain, who ran for President in 2008, elaborated on CNN later,...
  • McCain to GOP: ‘Waterboarding Is Torture’

    11/14/2011 5:56:04 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 63 replies
    National Journal ^ | Nov.14, 2011 | Shane Goldmacher
    Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the 2008 Republican presidential standard-bearer, has taken pains to avoid weighing in on the 2012 GOP primary. But on Sunday, McCain said he was "very disappointed" that some Republicans defended waterboarding at Saturday’s National Journal/CBS debate in South Carolina. “Waterboarding is torture,” McCain, who was a prisoner of war and tortured during the Vietnam War, said via Twitter. On Saturday, Herman Cain and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota both endorsed waterboarding as an interrogation technique. President Obama banned its use at the beginning of his term, calling it cruel and counterproductive.
  • The Waterboarding Issue is Moot

    11/14/2011 2:30:27 PM PST · by Starman417 · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 11-14-11 | Wordsmith
    "However long we are keepers of the public trust, we should never forget that we are here as public servants," Mr. Obama said. Photo: Doug Mills/The New York Times President Obama, speaking at the APEC News Conference, responded to statements made by GOP presidential candidates at Saturday's NJ debate: KAPOLEI, Hawaii — President Barack Obama says the interrogation technique known as waterboarding constitutes torturing, disputing Republican presidential candidates who say they would reinstate the practice. Obama called waterboarding “torture” and said it was “contrary to America’s traditions” during a news conference at the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. Republicans Herman Cain...
  • Community festival T-shirt mocks Osama bin Laden [Yep, someone's offended]

    08/29/2011 7:45:40 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 54 replies
    AP via Newsvine.com ^ | Aug 29, 2011
    A community festival near the Washington state coast is attracting attention with a T-shirt mocking Osama bin Laden. The Loggers Playday festival shirts — featuring a cartoon of the terror mastermind tied to a log with the caption "Osama Bin Loggin'" — are being sold for $15 to raise money for a scholarship.
  • Police: Pa. woman assaulted grandson over bacon

    06/30/2011 9:51:30 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 30, 2011
    CLIFTON HEIGHTS, Pa. (AP) -- A southeastern Pennsylvania woman is accused of beating her 9-year-old grandson and blasting him in the face with a garden hose because he ate too much bacon. The Delaware County Daily Times reports Marilee Ann Kolynych was arrested Tuesday.
  • Santorum: I still disagree with McCain on enhanced interrogation

    06/07/2011 4:54:20 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | 2011-06-07 | Chris Welch
    West Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Former Pennsylvania senator and – since Monday – Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is standing by comments he made regarding "enhanced interrogation" and Sen. John McCain's position on the technique. Santorum caught flack just over two weeks ago when he said McCain, a former prisoner of war, "doesn't understand how enhanced interrogation works." "We have a very different opinion of how the enhanced interrogation program works and I've been very clear about that," Santorum told reporters Tuesday during his first trip to Iowa, adding, "We still have a disagreement."
  • Santorum: McCain doesn't understand interrogation

    05/17/2011 8:26:49 PM PDT · by quantim · 22 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | May 17, 9:25 PM EDT | DONNA CASSATA
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Sen. Rick Santorum said Tuesday that Sen. John McCain, who spent 5 1/2 years enduring brutal treatment at the hands of his North Vietnamese captors, doesn't know how effective waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques can be. The Republican presidential contender insisted the tactics led the United States to al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a speech last week that waterboarding al-Qaida's No. 3 leader, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, did not provide information that led to bin Laden's compound in Pakistan. McCain said he asked CIA...
  • McCain’s WaPo Op-Ed on the Tortured Debate Over EITs

    05/16/2011 2:33:08 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 9 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-16-11 | Wordsmith
    To be sure, waterboarding can be torture, depending on how it is carried out. “You can do waterboarding lots of different ways, “says former Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell, “you can get to the point that the person is actually drowning,” That would be torture- but that is not how the technique is carried out by the CIA. -Pg 131, Courting Disaster John McCain is intimately familiar with torture, having endured it at the hands of his Vietnamese captors during his years as a POW. But he was never waterboarded. Not by the Spanish Inquisition. Not by the...
  • The Latest Attempt to Say Enhanced Interrogations Didnt Work-Using McCains Own Clouded Thinking...

    05/13/2011 3:25:57 PM PDT · by SeanG200 · 3 replies
    Religio-Political Talk ^ | 5-13-2011 | Papa Giorgio
    When McCain ran for office, I heard the Left say he was senile and too old to make points and decisions. Now, the Left is using his words as authoritative, to which I could merely respond that I do not accept the words of a senile old man. But I won’t, hence, this post.... Okay, firstly, there is a huge difference between what McCain went through and what these CIA guys did. In McCain’s case, they were straight torturing hi to get his to sign a confession and get simple operational info from him. This is not the case in...
  • John McCain to Bush apologists: Stop lying about Bin Laden and torture.

    05/13/2011 6:59:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/13/2011 | Greg Sargent
    This is getting really good. As noted below, John McCain in an Op ed this morning skewered the claim that the killing of Bin Laden vindicates torture. But just now, on the Senate floor, he uncorked a new broadside that is quite remarkable, taking direct aim at Bush apologists who are reviving this debate in order to claim Bin Laden’s death as part of the Bush legacy. McCain amplified his case, and called on former Bush attorney general Michael Mukasey — whose recent op ed claiming torture led to Bin Laden has been widely cited by the right — to...
  • 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...
  • Dick Cheney bemoans end of harsh interrogation tactics

    05/07/2011 5:25:15 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 41 replies
    Dick Cheney bemoans end of harsh interrogation tactics By Fox News From: NewsCore May 08, 2011 9:45AM FORMER Vice President Dick Cheney has tipped his hat to Barack Obama for authorising the military operation that led to the killing of Oama bin Laden last weekend. But, in an interview with Fox News Sunday, he also lamented the end of controversial Bush-era interrogations that many conservatives believe contributed to America's greatest counterterrorism success. "Well, I think you've got to give him (Obama) a lot of credit for making the decision to have the SEAL team 6 conduct the raid that got...