Tuesday, April 21, 2009

This Week's Politicization of Interrogation Techniques


After White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel told ABC in an interview on Sunday that President Barack Obama will not pursue the prosecution of Bush-era officials who devised enhanced interrogation policy for terrorist detainees, I made the mistake of actually believing something an Obama official said.

This morning, President Obama caved into pressure from far-left groups and opened the door for possible prosecution of Bush officials. In particular, intense pressure has been applied by the liberal advocacy website MoveOn.org, who recently started a petition to encourage the prosecution of Bush-era officials for their role in the approval of enhanced interrogation.

All of this, of course, comes on the heels of the decision by the Obama administration to release highly classified documents on the CIA interrogation program last week. A move which most people with commonsense feel will only serve to further divide this country and arm our enemies with the specific knowledge they need to prepare themselves to resist our interrogation techniques.

Here are those memos:


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In response to the release of these memos, former Bush adviser Karl Rove outlined just how humane and controlled the alleged "torture" was:


Last night, former Vice President Dick Cheney told FNC's Sean Hannity, that the Obama administration cherry-picked memos to release for the sake of political expediency:


Today, The Washington Post released a surprisingly on-point article arguing that the CIA's questioning techniques worked, contrary to Obama's recent contention that enhanced interrogation had not made America safer.

Only three terrorists were waterboarded, yet members of all American special operations units in all branches of the U.S. military are waterboarded as part of survival school (SERE) training to psychologically prepare soldiers for being captured by enemy forces.

Even the Obama administration has previously conceded that terrorists are not protected under the Geneva Convention - contrary to the Left's repeated assertion that enhanced interrogation is unlawful.

As I've pointed out on this blog before, it's important to note that Bush policies prevented at least 20 potential terrorist attacks. Yet, the Left would have Americans ignore that fact that we've been safe since 9/11 and prosecute Bush-era leadership for employing the very techniques which kept us safe.

Arm yourselves with the appropriate information folks, this is going to be one hell of a brawl.
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