Claude Cartaginese

President Obama's Gift to Al Qaeda

Posted on April 21 2009 8:34 am
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Ignoring not only common sense but also the protestations of former CIA director Michael Hayden and current CIA director Leon Pannetta, President Barack Obama went ahead and released a number of legal memos detailing the types of enhanced-interrogation techniques that U.S. authorities have used on suspected terrorists in the past. 

According to the declassified memos, waterboarding was used on both Khalid Shaikh Mohammed (mastermind of the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Africa, the 2002 Bali bombings, the murder of journalist Daniel Pearl, and the 9/11 attacks) and Abu Zubaydah (al Qaeda’s operational planner).

In an interview Sunday, Hayden said that anyone who objects to the CIA’s use of such techniques is avoiding the “inconvenient truth” that they have protected the United States from further terrorist attacks since 9/11. Added Hayden:

“Most of the people who oppose these techniques want to be able to say, ‘I don’t want my nation doing this,’ which is a purely honorable position. [But] the facts of the case are that the use of these techniques against these terrorists made us safer.  It really did work.  The president’s speech, President Bush in September of ’06, outlined how one detainee led to another, led to another, with the use of these techniques.”

“At the tactical level,” said Hayden, “what we have [now] described for our enemies in the midst of a war are the outer limits that any American would ever go to in terms of interrogating an al-Qaeda terrorist. That’s very valuable information.”

But President Obama cares about none of this. His chief priority is to exalt himself, to distinguish himself from his supposedly unenlightened predecessors in the White House, and to thereby win the accolades of populations abroad.

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