CIA Report Casts Pall Over ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ — And ’24’

From the Associated Press:

CIA report casts new pall over ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

By JAKE COYLE | December 10, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — The damning Senate Intelligence Committee report on post-9/11 interrogation techniques has cast a new pall over the 2012 film "Zero Dark Thirty."

Putting aside the AP’s hilarious concern over a movie for a moment, "the damning Senate Intelligence Committee report" is actually a highly partisan Democrat staffers’ report. There is also a Republican Senate Intelligence Committee report and even a CIA Senate Intelligence Committee report report. But the AP pretends there is only this one report for some odd reason.

Kathryn Bigelow’s docudrama about the hunt for Osama bin Laden ignited controversy for implying that the "enhanced" interrogation techniques of the detainee program helped lead to finding bin Laden… The Senate report released Tuesday found that the coercive techniques led to no unique intelligence, a conclusion that seemed to officially debunk part of the narrative suggested by "Zero Dark Thirty." …

And never mind that the existence of Bin Laden’s courier was discovered via enhanced interrogation.

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Anderson Cooper Compares CIA To Nazis, Khmer Rouge

From the Washington Examiner:

CNN’s Anderson Cooper compares CIA report to Nazis, Khmer Rouge atrocities

By T. Becket Adams | December 10, 2014

CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday compared U.S. operatives who employed enhanced interrogation techniques on suspected terrorists to Nazis and the dreaded Khmer Rouge.

“It is shocking,” Cooper said, referring to a report released Tuesday by Senate Intelligence Committee Democrats that detailed the CIA’s and government contractors’ treatment of suspected terrorists. "When you read this, if you envision Nazis doing this, and I even hate to say this, if you envision the Khmer Rouge doing this, it all – you can imagine that,” Cooper said.

And by "hate to say this," Cooper means he couldn’t wait to say that.

“I mean, it’s not that far removed from the stuff that they were doing,” he added, referencing some of the report’s more shocking details, including the claim American operatives occasionally forced “rectal feeding” or “rectal hydration” on detainees.

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WP: Whites Now More Confident Cops Treat Blacks Fairly!

From a purple with outrage Washington Post:

Whites are more confident than ever that their local police treat blacks fairly

By Scott Clement | December 9, 2014

The image of America’s police departments has been tarnished in recent months, with shootings and chokings [sic] of unarmed black men sparking nationwide protests charging racial bias.

And never mind that Mr. Garner was not choked. (Who else has supposedly been choked?) And never mind that the ‘gentle giant’ was only unarmed because Officer Wilson shot him before he could take his gun.

But a new poll includes a surprising finding: The episodes might have actually increased white Americans’ belief that their local cops treat blacks fairly.

This would be only be a shocking result to someone living in the parallel universe of the news media.

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Obama Claims ‘Racial Equality’ Has Improved Under Him

From The Hill:

Obama: Racial equality has improved under my administration

By Justin Sink | December 9, 2014

President Obama believes racial equality has improved during his tenure, partially thanks to policies — including his signature health care law — undertaken by his administration.

But Obama’s not out of touch. He’s not living in a narcissistic bubble.

“If you look at the history of race in America, it’s usually not a single moment where everything gets solved — it’s a process,” Obama said in an interview Tuesday with Univision. “I think that because of our policies, there’s more equality than when I came in.

Which is why blacks are so much happier now. (Not.)

With respect to health care, with respect to access to college, with respect to opportunity.

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Obama Falsely Compares Mary, Joseph To Illegal Aliens

From Breitbart:

Obama: Christmas Season Should Help Us Understand Executive Amnesty

By Charlie Spiering | December 9, 2014

President Barack Obama thinks that Christians should use the Christmas season and “the good book” to understand the importance of immigration reform.

“If we’re serious about the Christmas season, now is the time to reflect on those who are strangers in our midst and remember what it was like to be a stranger,” Obama said during an immigration town hall in Nashville.

Obama reminded them that the Christmas season was about a “soon to be mother” and “a husband of modest means” who were looking for a place to stay, but there was no room at the inn.

And never mind Mary and Joseph were not illegal aliens.

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Obama Insists: Next President Won’t Undo My Amnesty

From Reuters:

Obama tells Latinos immigration policy shift won’t hurt them later

By Jeff Mason | December 9, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) – President Barack Obama sought to reassure Latinos on Tuesday that signing up for deportation relief under his new immigration policy was safe and would not put them in jeopardy if his White House successor tried to overturn the action…

During a town hall style question and answer session in Tennessee, Obama acknowledged a new president could try to reverse his orders. "It’s true that, theoretically, a future administration could do something that I think would be very damaging," he said. "It’s not likely politically that they reverse everything that we’ve done, but it could be … that some people then end up being in a disadvantageous position."

Nonetheless, he predicted that a future president would not reverse his policy because good-hearted Americans wanted immigrants who were registered and paying taxes to stay.

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GOP Senators Feud Over Whether To Keep Nuke Option

The Republican ‘leadership’ isn’t done caving yet.

From The Hill:

Senate Republicans feud over whether to keep nuke option

By Ben Kamisar, Timothy Cama | December 9, 2014

Senate Republicans met behind closed doors Tuesday to debate whether they should reverse changes to the filibuster that made it easier for Senate Democrats to confirm President Obama’s nominees.

GOP lawmakers and senators-elect are at odds over whether their new majority should restore a threshold of 60 votes for breaking a filibuster of most presidential nominees.

While many expressed anger over last years’ move by the Democrats and Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to unilaterally change the rules through a procedure known as the “nuclear option,” some say the new rules should be kept in case a Republican wins the White House in 2016…

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GOP Spending Bill Has $948M For Aid To Illegal Aliens

From the Daily Caller:

GOP Spending Bill Gives Nearly $1 Billion To Aid Border Migrants

By Neil Munro | December 9, 2014

The GOP’s draft 2015 “omnibus” spending bill reportedly includes $948 million to help poor and unskilled Central American migrants establish themselves in the United States, but includes no effective restrictions on President Barack Obama’s plan to provide work permits and tax payments to millions of resident illegal immigrants.

That will show Obama!

That new spending works out to $16,928 for each of the 56,000 youths, young adults and children who crossed the border during the 12 months up to October 2014.

And bear in mind that is on top of the ‘old spending’ to help illegals.  

Much of the $948 million may also be used to care for the next wave of illegals who could flood across the border during the summer…

What ‘next wave’?

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Republicans Agree To $1.1 Trillion Continuing Resolution

From a deeply relieved Associated Press:

Lawmakers agree on $1.1 trillion spending bill

By DAVID ESPO and ANDREW TAYLOR | December 9, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Time running short, Republicans and Democrats agreed Tuesday on a $1.1 trillion spending bill to avoid a government shutdown and delay a politically-charged struggle over President Barack Obama’s new immigration policy until the new year.

In typical fashion the AP starts off with two lies. Time was not running short. The December 11th ‘deadline’ was as phony as budget deadlines always are. The government does not shut down when the budget runs out. Which has happened frequently. Money is always miraculously found.

And this has not delayed the struggle over Obama’s amnesty. The Republicans have caved. They have given away the only weapon in their arsenal to stop Obama’s amnesty — or really anything else he chooses to do until next October.

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Halperin, Heilemann: We’ve Avoided Gruber Sideshow

Via Breitbart:

Halperin, Heilemann on Gruber Testimony: ‘We’ve Been Trying to Avoid,’ ‘Sideshow’

December 9, 2014

On Bloomberg’s Tuesday broadcast of “With All Due Respect,” co-hosts Mark Halperin and John Heilemann downplayed the implications of the congressional testimony from so-called ObamaCare architect, MIT professor Jonathan Gruber.

“The other action on the Hill today was frankly about a guy we’ve been trying to avoid – not because Jonathan Gruber is a fake news story but because it is a classic Washington sideshow,” Heilemann said. The world’s most famous MIT professor testified and apologized and apologized and apologized for saying that Americans are stupid and as part of the deal, he got to receive a ceremonial Darrell Issa shaming.”

“[I]t is going to turn a lot of Fox News viewers against ObamaCare,” Halperin aaded [sic].

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Rep Tells Gruber How Obama-Care Killed Her Husband

From the Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal:

At Obamacare Hearing, Lawmaker Tells Heartbreaking Story of Husband’s Death

By Melissa Quinn | December 09, 2014

Republican Rep. Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming shared the heartbreaking story of her husband’s death today and outlined how the glitches in Obamacare have real-life consequences for Americans, including her.

Lummis spoke about her own experiences with the Affordable Care Act during a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing, which focused on the transparency of Obamacare. Marilyn Tavenner, administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Jonathan Gruber, a key architect of the law, testified.

The Wyoming Republican and her late husband, Alvin Wiederspahn, received health insurance through the new law. However, the couple encountered glitches in the system and were told they were not enrolled when they went to file claims.

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Five Things Gruber Told Congress (While ‘Apologizing’)

From the Daily Signal:

5 Things Jonathan Gruber Said on Capitol Hill While Apologizing for ‘Stupid’ Cracks

By Melissa Quinn | December 09, 2014

1. Gruber apologized for his remarks multiple times

"In some cases, I made uninformed and glib comments about the political process behind health care reform. I am not an expert on politics and my tone implied that I was."

Throughout the hearing, Gruber repeatedly said he was “trying to conjecture about a political process in which I’m not an expert.”

But he was there when Obama agreed that they needed to lie about things, such as the tax on ‘Cadillac Plans.’ Which we would say makes him an expert on the ‘political process.’

2. Gruber contended that he was not, after all, the “architect” of Obamacare.

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NBC Reporter: Democrat CIA Report Is Rewriting History

From NewsBusters:

NBC Reporter Sees Dem Senate Report ‘Rewriting History’ and ‘Settling Scores’

By Kyle Drennen | December 9, 2014

Appearing on MSNBC’s NewsNation on Tuesday, NBC’s chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel took the Democrat-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee to task for its so-called "torture report" slamming CIA interrogation tactics used against terrorist detainees: "I think this is really about changing the narrative of American history….everyone in the world knew what was going on, including by the way, the Senate, which is now pretending to be a bit of a babe in the woods."

Engel reiterated: "They knew what was going on at the time and in many cases were quite happy with the intelligence they were getting. I think this is about rewriting the narrative of history."

Oddly enough, ‘changing or rewriting the narrative of history’ is what Stalin used to do, too.

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Dems: CIA Interrogation Didn’t Lead To Osama (It Did)

From the New York Times:

Senate Report Rejects Claim on Hunt for Bin Laden

By CHARLIE SAVAGE and JAMES RISEN | December 9, 2014

WASHINGTON — Months before the operation that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011, the Central Intelligence Agency secretly prepared a public-relations plan that would stress that information gathered from its disputed interrogation program had played a critical role in the hunt. Starting the day after the raid, agency officials in classified briefings made that point to Congress.

Are we supposed to believe that the CIA’s interrogation of Taliban and Obama associates did not play a critical role in tracking him down? That is just preposterous. Are there no lies too big for the NYT?

But in page after page of previously classified evidence, the Senate Intelligence Committee report on C.I.A.

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Ex-Sen Bob Kerrey (D): Partisan Torture Report Fails US

An opinion piece from former Governor and US Senator Bob Kerrey in USA Today:

Sen. Bob Kerrey: Partisan torture report fails America

By Bob Kerrey | December 9, 2014

I regret having to write a piece that is critical of the Democratic members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Most of them are former colleagues and friends. I hope they will remain friends after reading this.

For eight years I served on this committee… Thanks to the 2005 and 2006 efforts of Senator John McCain I do not have to wait to be certain our interrogation policies and procedures are aligned with our core values.

I also do not have to wait to know we are fighting a war that is different than any in our country’s past… In the war against global jihadism, human intelligence and interrogation have become more important, and I worry that the partisan nature of this report could make this kind of collection more difficult.

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