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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This One Thing Could Put Americans In Grave Danger, And Obama Can’t Make Up His Mind About It

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U.S. Marines are on heightened alert. So are the CIA, DHS, Congressional security details, even the Secret Service at the White House.

CNN tells us why tensions are running high in Washington and at U.S. facilities around the world:

They’re all geared up for possible reaction to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s $50 million investigation of Bush-era CIA interrogation tactics on detainees in the years after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Administration critics argue that President Obama is trying to have it both ways — claiming to be concerned that the release of the highly controversial report could lead to real trouble for America — yet, at the same time, saying he supports its being made public.

In his briefing on Tuesday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest revealed for reporters what appears to many to be the self-contradictory nature of Obama’s position:

Via usatoday.com:

“There are some indications that the release of the report could lead to a greater risk that is posed to U.S. facilities and individuals all around the world,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday.

“The president believes that, on principle, it’s important to release that report, so that people around the world and people here at home understand exactly what transpired,” Earnest said.

The Democrat in charge of the U.S. Senate committee that’s making the long-awaited report public is California’s Dianne Feinstein, who will soon be replaced in her committee leadership role by an incoming GOP senator.

There are those who argue that Feinstein and her fellow Democrats on the panel are determined to rush the report out of Congress before the Republicans take control in January.

By clicking on the video above, you can watch a CNN piece on the Senate report, the intense controversy surrounding it, and the potential for trouble that its release could introduce.

 

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BREAKING: What Rand Paul Just Announced Could Both Excite And Dismay Supporters

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It has long been assumed by those in the know that Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul will throw his hat into the 2016 presidential ring. In fact, the belief in a pending Paul candidacy is so strong that pollsters have for a while been taking the pulse of the American electorate with an eye toward a Rand Paul run.

The Real Clear Politics average of polls finds that, in a head-to-head matchup with Hillary Clinton, Paul trails the former Secretary of State by eight percentage points. The closest poll — a recent Quinnipiac survey — finds a five-point advantage for Clinton.

So, Rand Paul fans and followers pushing a White House bid have been expecting a campaign announcement from Kentucky’s junior senator…but not necessarily the one made today. Via usatoday.com:

The Republican said in a news release that he’s seeking re-election to the Senate from Kentucky.

He told the Herald-Leader in Lexington, Ky., ahead of his campaign announcement that he’s still “four to six months” away from making up his mind about running for the White House.

What could raise concern among Paul’s many supporters is a Kentucky law that ostensibly prohibits a candidate from appearing more than once on a ballot for federal office.

In other words, say some of the law’s staunch proponents, Rand Paul would not be able to run simultaneously for the senate and for the presidency in 2016.

And what about changing that controversial Kentucky law? Again, via usatoday.com:

Allies of Paul’s in the state Legislature tried unsuccessfully in the past session to change the law so candidates can run simultaneously for two federal offices — as states such as Texas already do.

The measure passed the GOP-controlled state Senate but did not go anywhere in the Democratic-controlled state House.

There’s no indication from the Paul camp that the senator’s announcement that he will seek re-election means he has ruled out a 2016 presidential campaign.

As for Rand Paul’s re-election standing among his fellow Republicans in the Bluegrass State, it seems to be on sound footing:

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and all of Paul’s Kentucky GOP congressional colleagues endorsed his re-election bid. McConnell, who is set to become majority leader in January, called Paul “an irreplaceable partner” and hailed him for his “innovative mind for conservative reforms that create jobs and get the economy working again.”

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