A Time For Torture

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A poll released this week found 51 percent of Americans approve of the harsh interrogation tactics the CIA used immediately after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Imagine what those numbers would have been on Sept. 12, 2001.

The NBC/Wall Street Journal survey is in sync with the results of similar opinion polls that show a majority of Americans are not naive about what “torture” is or isn’t, or when it should be used.

About half of those polled called the CIA’s use of waterboarding, sleep deprivation, and other tough interview methods “torture”; but a majority still approved of it.

About 30 percent of Americans — most of them Democrats — told NBC they think the CIA went too far in the early days of the Bush administration. About 80 percent of Republicans approved the CIA’s tactics.

Dick Cheney got beat up this week by the liberal media, Senate Democrats, and the holier-than-thou crowd for refusing to use the word “torture” to describe the CIA’s methods of extracting information from evil people who wanted to kill us or who knew where Osama Bin Laden’s home address was.

As for the future, 45 percent of those polled say the CIA should continue to use the same interrogation tactics, while 28 percent said they should not.

Interrogating our enemies during war is a dirty business.

It’s not anything like that classy old 1950s quiz show “What’s My Line,” where a panel of well-dressed celebrities like Steve Allen had 10 questions to figure out the occupations of the mystery contestants.

“Mr. Ramzi Ahmed Yousef, did you ever mastermind a plan to blow up the World Trade Center?”

“No.”

“OK, panel. Eight down and two to go.”

I have a little story for anyone who thinks America’s rough interrogation tactics really deserve to be called “torture.”

During the mid-1980s, when I was on a vacation in Italy, my wife and I were being protected by the U.S. Secret Service and its Italian equivalent.

A few years earlier, the leftist Red Brigade had been terrorizing Italy, assassinating people, kidnapping business executives, setting off bombs, robbing banks, and blowing off people’s kneecaps as they walked down the sidewalks.

In 1981, after the Red Brigade kidnapped U.S. General James Dozier, it took Italy’s counter-terrorism agency 42 days to rescue him — without firing a shot.

I asked one of the unshaven, rugged, glass-eating Italian secret servicemen working in our motorcade detail how they finally found out where General Dozier was being held.

He told me that after his colleagues caught a few members of the Red Brigade, they were taken to the basement and interrogated.

The terrorists became very talkative after their genitals were placed in a vise.

The agents who used this persuasive technique — which also led to the capture of hundreds of Red Brigade members and put the deadly terrorist group out of business — were disciplined by their superiors.

They were suspended for five days and went to the beach.

As the Italians proved, sometimes in war you have to use “enhanced” interrogation methods to get the successful ending you want.

In 2001, we found ourselves in a bloody war against terrorists. The White House knew it. The CIA knew it. Even the media and Democrats in Congress knew it. The American people figured it out too.

What the CIA did to extract information from the Islamist terrorists was not nice, but it was not really torture.

We shouldn’t be second-guessing and beating up on the CIA, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and all the other men and women who’ve helped to keep us safe for the last 14 years.

We should be thanking them.

Merry Christmas.

 

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Ex-CIA Official: Democrats Were Fully Aware Of Interrogation Methods

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On Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace interviewed the former director of the National Clandestine Service of the CIA, Jose Rodriguez, who oversaw the agency’s interrogation program.  Rodriguez said that Rep. Nancy Pelosi “knew every one of our enhanced interrogations” and was briefed on specific methods like waterboarding, sleep deprivation, pushing, and slapping just after Congress’ summer break.

“We briefed her specifically on the use of the enhanced interrogation techniques on Abu Zubayda.  So she knew, back in September of 2002, every one of our enhanced interrogation techniques.”

The former CIA Director told the Fox News host:

“These people were fully aware of all of the techniques that were given to us and approved by the Office of Legal Counsel at Justice.”

Rodriguez added that Nancy Pelosi “never objected to the techniques at all.”

He said that California congresswoman Jane Harman (D) was the only person who ever objected to the CIA’s practices when she cautioned the director in 2003 that “the perception will be in the future that you did this to hide something.”

Rodriguez went on to say that Jay Rockefeller, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, was well-informed with the Agency’s tactics and requested specific information from the 2004 Inspector General’s report.

“So, all of these people knew exactly what we were doing.”

(h/t: Townhall)

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WATCH: Judge Jeanine Rips Senate ‘Apologists’ Whose Actions She Calls ‘Dangerous’ To America

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Dick Cheney wasn’t the only one who took to TV over the weekend with an impassioned defense of CIA “enhanced interrogation techniques” in the post 9/11 atmosphere of fear and apprehension about terrorist attacks on America.

On her Fox News show, Judge Jeanine Pirro cut loose with both barrels in her condemnation of the Senate Intelligence Committee report just released by Sen. Dianne Feinstein and her fellow Democrats.

Judge Jeanine blasted the Feinstein-led committee for its “obvious political gamesmanship,” taking angry aim directly at the California Democrat:

These are our enemies. Their mission is to kill us. So while their Allah says, ‘Kill the infidel,’ you and your Senate Democrats say we need to be kinder and gentler to them.

While Judge Jeanine issued her hard-hitting attack on what she called the “dangerous” actions of Feinstein and the other “apologists” in the Senate, former Vice President Cheney continued his fierce defense of harsh CIA interrogation tactics, saying flatly that he “would do it again in a minute” because the techniques worked in our obtaining actionable intel.

Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Cheney pushed back hard against critics of the CIA’s actions:

“Torture is what the al Qaeda terrorists did to 3,000 Americans on 9/11,” Cheney said on NBC’s Meet The Press. “There is no comparison between that and what we did with respect to enhanced interrogation.”

By clicking on the video above, you can see Judge Jeanine Pirro’s no-nonsense defense of the CIA interrogators, saying “they have the high moral ground.”

 

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WATCH: The Former VP Takes Off The Gloves In His Attack On Senate Dems For Their ‘Crap’ CIA Report

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Among the latest reactions to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s so-called “Torture Report” on the CIA’s terrorist interrogation techniques is one just issued by the Russian government — a harsh condemnation of the intelligence-gathering methods the report describes.

The New York Times says that the regime of Vladimir Putin wasted no time in claiming that the document released by Senate Democrats provided “confirmation of gross, systemic human rights violations by the American authorities.”

“We are urging the human rights community and responsible international organizations and structures to seek from Washington the disclosure of the full spectrum of information about human rights abuses committed in the framework of this ‘global war on terror’ and to bring those guilty to justice.”

Presumably, one of those Russia wants prosecuted and brought to “justice” is the man who talked extensively with Fox News’ anchor Bret Baier on Wednesday evening — former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Cheney was blunt, direct and unwavering in his broad critique of the Senate document and of the Democrats behind its preparation and release. In the exclusive “Special Report” interview, the number-two man in the administration of George W. Bush called the results of the committee’s investigation “deeply flawed” and strewn with “lies.”

Cheney defended the CIA’s efforts in the post 9/11 period and said it was successful — “they did a helluva job” — summing up the Senate Democrats’ partisan investigation in six words: “The report is full of crap.”

You can watch a pithy portion of the Vice President’s interview with Bret Baier by clicking on the video above.

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WATCH What This Outraged Ex-CIA Official Just Said About Hypocritical ‘Kill From A Distance’ Obama

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The Senate Intelligence Committee’s so-called “CIA Torture Report” continues to draw heavy fire from Republicans as well as current and former officials with the spy agency.

GOP lawmakers point out the controversial report was prepared exclusively by Democrats on the committee, as Republicans had refused to contribute to the majority document that they felt drew unfair conclusions because of faulty and incomplete investigation.

Critics note that Democrats failed to interview anyone in the CIA directly involved in the enhanced interrogation programs before concluding they were ineffective in helping to gather actionable intelligence.

Critics also say the very same lawmakers who now condemn the CIA’s handling of past intelligence gathering were fully briefed on agency techniques through the years and even supported what CIA operatives were doing.

As The New York Times reports, a dozen former top officials of the Central Intelligence Agency have launched a website defending the CIA’s actions — ciasavedlives.com.

The program’s outspoken defenders say the C.I.A. was advised that its methods were not torture, that the program played a critical role in dismantling Al Qaeda and that the interrogators deserve praise, not vilification.

The website launched in response to the Senate committee’s scathing report pushes back vigorously against the document and offers a detailed defense of the agency’s actions post 9/11.

The recently released Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) Majority report…represents the single worst example of Congressional oversight in our many years of government service.

On his Fox News show Tuesday night, Sean Hannity spoke with a very angry former CIA official who said, “It’s a very dark day for the CIA.”

Jose Rodriguez, the one-time Director of the National Clandestine Service, told Hannity, “I think the CIA’s being thrown under the bus.”

By clicking on the video above, you can watch the Rodriguez interview in which he points out that President Obama is perfectly fine with using drones to kill suspected terrorists “from a distance,” while he condemns enhanced interrogation techniques having been used on detainees captured alive and imprisoned.

 

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