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Obama Once Again Falsely Says ‘We Tortured Some Folks’

From a cheering Politico:

Obama: ‘We tortured some folks’

By: Josh Gerstein | August 1, 2014

President Barack Obama couldn’t have been more blunt in acknowledging that the U.S. crossed a moral line in its treatment of war-on-terror prisoners. “We tortured some folks,” Obama said during a White House news conference Friday.

We suppose ‘some folks’ sounds better to the low information crowd Obama is always addressing than saying: ‘three terrorist masterminds who helped plan the attack on 9/11 and who were planning other attacks.’

“When we engaged in some of these enhanced interrogation techniques, techniques that I believe and I think any fair-minded person would believe were torture, we crossed a line. And that needs to be understood and accepted.” …

So the cadres of career Department Of Justice lawyers who approved ‘waterboarding’ were not fair-minded? And never mind that waterboarding has been part of our own training for some in our military for decades, without anyone ever calling it torture.

While the president has used the word “torture” before, it was the most explicit he’s been on the point since taking office. His remarks were also a clear sign of support for the Senate Intelligence Committee’s effort to chronicle and analyze the use of waterboarding and other methods the Bush administration instituted in the war on terror…

Funny how the Politico neglects to mention that this Senate Intelligence Committee’s report is entirely the work of Democrats. Since the Senate Republicans boycotted their highly partisan witch hunt.

During his first campaign for the White House, Obama often blasted the Bush administration for its interrogation tactics, which he called both “torture” and “deplorable.” Soon after taking office, Obama signed an executive order banning many of the controversial techniques…

And just look at how much safer our country is for that. And how much more beloved we are around the world.

Attorney General Eric Holder conducted a review of more than 100 alleged prisoner abuse and torture cases previously considered and dropped by prosecutors during the Bush era. Ultimately, Holder approved full investigations of two of those cases, but no charges were ever filed.

The probes were constrained from the outset by promises from Holder and the White House that no personnel would be prosecuted for actions they took which complied with legal opinions in which the Justice Department approved many of the techniques, including waterboarding and slamming prisoners into walls…

So why were they investigated? (Hint: for PR reasons.) Anyway, lest we forget, without the use of enhanced interrogation Obama would not have achieved his only foreign policy ‘success.’

From a disgusted Reuters:

U.S. senator: CIA interrogation tactics helped get bin Laden

By Sarah N. Lynch and Doina Chiacu | August 4, 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans on the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee will soon release a report asserting the CIA’s use of harsh interrogation techniques helped bring down Osama bin Laden and disrupt terrorist plots, the panel’s top Republican said on Sunday.

"Information gleaned from these interrogations was in fact used to interrupt and disrupt terrorist plots, including some information that took down bin Laden," Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia said on CBS’s "Face the Nation." …

By the way, remember how Obama promised during his first campaign and long after that all we needed to do was kill Osama Bin Laden, and everything would be peaceful in Afghanistan and Iraq? Killing Bin Laden was all George Bush had to do.

Republicans on the committee have long disagreed with Democrats about the use of the so-called enhanced interrogation techniques, and they largely boycotted the committee’s probe. "I thought it was a mistake then. I still think it is a mistake," Chambliss said on CBS…

Oh, come on. Who can deny that the US is now safer and the world is now a more peaceful place because of this probe and Obama’s other regular condemnations of America?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, August 4th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Obama Once Again Falsely Says ‘We Tortured Some Folks’”

  1. Torture is useless for Intelligence gathering.

    We use the Tryptophan method. Without the essential amino acid Tryptophan from meals and the subject quickly loses control of his emotions. A skilled interrogator then can handle him easily. The, add the missing Tryptophan back to meals and presto .. subject is restored . no harm, no foul, fully functional.


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