Protecting The Nation: The Unsaid Reality of the Interrogation Flail

So why did CIA Director Leon Panetta, the Obama CIA Director, join former CIA Directors in fighting against release of the so called “torture” interrogation documents?

Why is it that those sworn to protect us wanted nothing to do with releasing these documents?

Could it be that the release of the documents actually harms the national security of the United States, as former CIA Director Hayden and two other former CIA Directors from as far back as the Clinton years — yes even Democrats — have asserted?

Because the use of certain techniques to gain information from unwilling terrorists who have sworn to harm the United States yields results — valuable results.

How do we know that?  Because Chaney says so?  No, because Obama national intelligence director Blair says so.

He also said this “From 2002 through 2006 when the use of these techniques ended, the leadership of the CIA repeatedly reported their activities both to Executive Branch policymakers and to members of Congress, and received permission to continue to use the techniques.”

So anyone in congress “shocked” by the reality of all of this had to know what was going on — or had his or her head in the sand.

Which means this interrogation flail is a political which hunt.

“Now you have a situation,” said William Kristol, “where our U.S. agents will hold back — and maybe we will not ‘connect the dots’ of a future terror attack.”

And that was one of the problems found by the 9/11 commission….


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Leon Panetta 
Above: Leon Panetta.  Photo by AP


By DAVID ESPO, AP Special Correspondent

The Obama administration’s top intelligence official privately told employees last week that “high value information” was obtained in interrogations that included harsh techniques approved by former President George W. Bush.

“A deeper understanding of the al-Qaida network” resulted, National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair said in the memo, in which he added, “I like to think I would not have approved those methods in the past.” The Associated Press obtained a copy.

Critics of the harsh methods — waterboarding, face slapping, sleep deprivation and other techniques — have called them torture. President Barack Obama said Tuesday they showed the United States “losing our moral bearings” and said they would not be used while he is in office. But he did not say whether he believed they worked.

Obama ordered the release of long-secret Bush-era documents on the subject last week, and Blair circulated his memo declaring that useful information was obtained at the same time.


In a public statement released the same day, Blair did not say that interrogations using the techniques had yielded useful information.

As word of the private memo surfaced Tuesday night, a new statement was issued in his name that appeared to be more explicit in one regard and contained something of a hedge on another point.

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