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Dems Claim ‘Torture’ Didn’t Help Find Osama

From a shameless New York Times:

Role of Torture Revisited in Bin Laden Narrative

April 30, 2012

WASHINGTON — Joining in the latest round of an old dispute, the Democratic senators who lead the intelligence and armed services committees took issue on Monday with claims from Bush administration officials that the Central Intelligence Agency’s coercive interrogation methods produced information that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden a year ago.

By the way, the alternative headline for this New York Times article is: "Senators Reject Claim That Torture Helped Hunt for Bin Laden." Which is about as mendacious as you can get.

These are know-nothing political Democrat hacks. There was no torture. And their ‘rejection’ is simply their unsubstantiated ‘belief’ founded on political expediency.

For the record, this article was written by the New York Times national security expert, Scott Shane. The same intrepid reporter who saw nothing wrong in publishing the name of the CIA interrogator who questioned Khalid Sheik Mohammed.

The statement from Senators Dianne Feinstein of California, chairwoman of the Select Committee on Intelligence, and Carl Levin of Michigan, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, called the notion that the so-called enhanced interrogation methods helped the C.I.A. find Bin Laden by identifying his courier “misguided and misinformed.”

But they know better than the people who actually got the intelligence.

“Instead, the C.I.A. learned of the existence of the courier, his true name and location through means unrelated to the C.I.A. detention and interrogation program,” the statement said, without elaborating. The senators said their conclusions were based on a three-year study of the agency’s interrogation program by the intelligence committee staff that is nearing completion but remains secret.

Somehow we will never see the proof of their claims. They are too secret, don’t you know.

But speaking of know-nothing political hacks, lest we forget, Speaker Nancy Pelosi blatantly and endlessly lied about being briefed several times on these interrogation methods.

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s study of the interrogation program has divided the committee, with Republicans declining to take part. No Republican joined the statement on Monday from Ms. Feinstein and Mr. Levin

In other words, this three year "study" is from a ‘kangaroo court’ made up exclusively of Democrats.

Mr. Hayden said Monday that when he became C.I.A. director and was first briefed on the Bin Laden hunt in 2007, “information from C.I.A. detainees formed an important part of the narrative.”

What does he know?

But let’s hear from Mr. Rodriquez himself, via the op-ed page of the Washington Post:

The path to bin Laden’s death didn’t start with Obama

By Jose A. Rodriguez Jr., Published: April 30

This administration built on work pain­stakingly pursued for many years before Obama was elected — and without this work, Obama administration officials never would have been in a position to authorize the strike on Abbottabad, Pakistan, that resulted in bin Laden’s overdue death.

In 2004, an al-Qaeda terrorist was captured trying to communicate with Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of the terror organization’s operations in Iraq. That captured terrorist was taken to a secret CIA prison — or “black site” — where, initially, he was uncooperative. After being subjected to some “enhanced interrogation techniques” — techniques authorized by officials at the most senior levels of the U.S. government and that the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel confirmed were consistent with U.S. law — the detainee became compliant. He was not one of the three al-Qaeda operatives who underwent waterboarding, the harshest of the hard measures

With some trying to turn bin Laden’s death into a campaign talking point for Obama’s reelection, it is useful to remember that the trail to bin Laden started in a CIA black site — all of which Obama ordered closed, forever, on the second full day of his administration — and stemmed from information obtained from hardened terrorists who agreed to tell us some (but not all) of what they knew after undergoing harsh but legal interrogation methods. Obama banned those methods on Jan. 22, 2009.

This past weekend, Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Carl Levin attacked statements made in May 2011 by me, former CIA director Michael Hayden and former attorney general Michael Mukasey regarding what led to bin Laden’s death. They misunderstood and mischaracterized our positions.

No single tactic, technique or approach led to the successful operation against bin Laden. But those who suggest it was all a result of a fresh approach taken after Jan. 20, 2009, are mistaken.

Still, notice how the Democrats’ lies are treated as front page news. And the rebuttal of their preposterous claims is tucked away back on the op-ed pages. This is our media guardians at work.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, May 1st, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Dems Claim ‘Torture’ Didn’t Help Find Osama”

  1. Petronius says:

    Another distraction, another strawman, more smoke and mirrors.

    The fate of the United States was not decided that night in Abbottabad, nor will it be decided in Afghanistan or Iraq.

    It is being decided in the Nov election, on the Mexican border, and in China.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    How come they Dems never discuss what you and me believe torture is to us?

    Their effing voices!!!

    How long, oh Lord? How long?

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    Before its all said and done, they’ll take all the credit for whacking the basturd.

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