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Obama’s Interrogation Phobias: Endangering America

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On Fox News, Charles Krauthammer talked about the US giving $3 billion in aid to Pakistan but he suddenly veered the conversation toward a much more disturbing issue.

“The problem isn’t Pakistan, the problem is Obama,” Krauthammer said.  “Obama and the Democrats were so critical of what Bush did—the interrogations, the secret prisons, Guantanamo and all of that and even the ‘War on Terror’—Obama won’t use the word.  He’s made a war on the War on Terror, that if we pick up somebody we cannot really interrogate them.  You have to use the Army field manual…you’re going to get name, rank and serial number…”

This anti-interrogation problem is the subject of Courting Disaster:  How the CIA Kept America Safe and How Barack Obama Is Inviting the Next Attack written by President George W. Bush’s top speechwriter, Marc A. Thiessen.  The book is all about how Obama put an end to the CIA programs used to interrogate Al Qaeda terrorists, including the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammad.

“We can’t pick anybody up because…there’s nowhere to hold them,” Krauthammer said.  “All the secret prisons are shut; he won’t put anyone in Guantanamo—you’ve got to release them in 2 weeks and if you use the kid glove interrogation you’re not going to get anything.”

In Thiessen’s book, he describes in detail how after unsuccessfully trying to get information out of Khalid Sheikh Mohammad they used “enhanced interrogation” and were not only able to get valuable information from him, but he was also used to thwart future attacks.

For unknown reasons (and despite the huge life-saving success of enhanced interrogation), Thiessen wrote, “On Jan. 22, 2009, President Obama issued Executive Order 13491, closing the CIA program and directing that, henceforth, all interrogations by U.S personnel must follow the techniques contained in the Army Field Manual. The morning of the announcement, Mike Hayden was still in his post as CIA Director, when he called White House Counsel Greg Craig and told him bluntly: ‘You didn’t ask, but this is the CIA officially nonconcurring’.  The president went ahead anyway, overruling the objections of the agency.”

Regarding the difficulties CIA agents are currently having, Krauthammer said, “Is there anyone in the CIA who is going to want to interrogate after the Obama administration has threatened to prosecute the people who interrogated after 9/11?  We have no sources of information and that’s why we’re killing these guys (with drones in Libya) rather than capture them as you want in a war on terror.”

Following is an excerpt from “Courting Disaster:  How the CIA Kept America Safe and How Barack Obama Is Inviting the Next Attack ” by Marc Theissen and I recommend everyone give it a read:

“Just before dawn on March 1, 2003, two dozen heavily armed Pakistani tactical assault forces move in and surround a safe house in Rawalpindi . A few hours earlier they had received a text message from an informant inside the house. It read: “I am with KSM.”

Bursting in, they find the disheveled mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, in his bedroom. He is taken into custody. In the safe house, they find a treasure trove of computers, documents, cell phones and other valuable “pocket litter.”

Once in custody, KSM is defiant. He refuses to answer questions, informing his captors that he will tell them everything when he gets to America and sees his lawyer. But KSM is not taken to America to see a lawyer Instead he is taken to a secret CIA “black site” in an undisclosed location.

Upon arrival, KSM finds himself in the complete control of Americans. He does not know where he is, how long he will be there, or what his fate will be.

Despite his circumstances, KSM still refuses to talk. He spews contempt at his interrogators, telling them Americans are weak, lack resilience, and are unable to do what is necessary to prevent the terrorists from succeeding in their goals. He has trained to resist interrogation. When he is asked for information about future attacks, he tells his questioners scornfully: “Soon, you will know.”

It becomes clear he will not reveal the information using traditional interrogation techniques. So he undergoes a series of “enhanced interrogation techniques” approved for use on only the most high-value detainees. The techniques include waterboarding. His resistance is described by one senior American official as “superhuman.” Eventually, however, the techniques work, and KSM becomes cooperative—for reasons that will be described later in this book.

He begins telling his CIA de-briefers about active al Qaeda plots to launch attacks against the United States and other Western targets. He holds classes for CIA officials, using a chalkboard to draw a picture of al Qaeda’s operating structure, financing, communications, and logistics. He identifies al Qaeda travel routes and safe havens, and helps intelligence officers make sense of documents and computer records seized in terrorist raids. He identifies voices in intercepted telephone calls, and helps officials understand the meaning of coded terrorist communications. He provides information that helps our intelligence community capture other high-ranking terrorists, KSM’s questioning, and that of other captured terrorists, produces more than 6,000 intelligence reports, which are shared across the intelligence community, as well as with our allies across the world.

In one of these reports, KSM describes in detail the revisions he made to his failed 1994-1995 plan known as the “Bojinka plot” to blow up a dozen airplanes carrying some 4,000 passengers over the Pacific Ocean .

Years later, an observant CIA officer notices the activities of a cell being followed by British authorities appear to match KSM’s description of his plans for a Bojinka-style attack. In an operation that involves unprecedented intelligence cooperation between our countries, British officials proceed to unravel the plot. On the night of Aug.9, 2006 they launch a series of raids in a northeast London suburb that lead to the arrest of two dozen al Qaeda terrorist suspects. They find a USB thumb-drive in the pocket of one of the men with security details for Heathrow airport, and information on seven trans-Atlantic flights that were scheduled to take off within hours of each other:

* United Airlines Flight 931 to San Francisco departing at 2:15 p.m.

* Air Canada Flight 849 to Toronto departing at 3:00  p.m.

* Air Canada Flight 865 to Montreal departing at 3:15  p.m.

* United Airlines Flight 959 to Chicago departing at 3:40 p.m.

* United Airlines Flight 925 to Washington departing at 4:20 p.m.

* American Airlines Flight 131 to New York departing at 4:35 p.m.

* American Airlines Flight 91 to Chicago departing at 4:50 p.m.

They seize bomb-making equipment and hydrogen peroxide to make liquid explosives. And they find the chilling martyrdom videos the suicide bombers had prepared.

Today, if you asked an average person on the street what they know about the 2006 airlines plot, most would not be able to tell you much. Few Americans are aware of the fact al Qaeda had planned to mark the fifth anniversary of 9/11 with an attack of similar scope and magnitude. And still fewer realize the terrorists’ true intentions in this plot were uncovered thanks to critical information obtained through the interrogation of the man who conceived it: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

This is only one of the many attacks stopped with the help of the CIA interrogation program established by the Bush Administration in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Editor’s Note: For other foiled terrorist plots, see page 9 of “Courting Disaster.”

In addition to helping break up these specific terrorist cells and plots, CIA questioning provided our intelligence community with an unparalleled body of information about al Qaeda Until the program was temporarily suspended in 2006, intelligence officials say, well over half of the information our government had about al Qaeda-how it operates, how it moves money, how it communicates, how it recruits operatives, how it picks targets, how it plans and carries out attacks-came from the interrogation of terrorists in CIA custody.

Former CIA Director George Tenet has declared: “I know this program has saved lives. I know we’ve disrupted plots. I know this program alone is worth more than what the FBI, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the National Security Agency put together have been able to tell us.”

Former CIA Director Mike Hayden has said: “The facts of the case are that the use of these techniques against these terrorists made us safer. It really did work.” Even Barack Obama’s Director of National Intelligence, Dennis Blair, has acknowledged: “High-value information came from interrogations in which those methods were used and provided a deeper understanding of the al Qaeda organization that was attacking this country.” Leon Panetta, Obama’s CIA Director, has said: “Important information was gathered from these detainees. It provided information that was acted upon.” And John Brennan, Obama’s Homeland Security Advisor, when asked in an interview if enhanced-interrogation techniques were necessary to keep America safe, replied: “Would the U.S. be handicapped if the CIA was not, in fact, able to carry out these types of detention and debriefing activities? I would say yes.”

On Jan. 22, 2009, President Obama issued Executive Order 13491, closing the CIA program and directing that, henceforth, all interrogations by U.S personnel must follow the techniques contained in the Army Field Manual. The morning of the announcement, Mike Hayden was still in his post as CIA Director, He called White House Counsel Greg Craig and told him bluntly: “You didn’t ask, but this is the CIA officially nonconcurring”. The president went ahead anyway, overruling the objections of the agency.

A few months later, on April 16, 2009, President Obama ordered the release of four Justice Department memos that described in detail the techniques used to interrogate KSM and other high-value terrorists. This time, not just Hayden (who was now retired) but five CIA directors—including Obama’s own director, Leon Panetta—objected. George Tenet called to urge against the memos’ release. So did Porter Goss. So did John Deutch. Hayden says:  “You had CIA directors in a continuous unbroken stream to 1995 calling saying, ‘Don’t do this.'”

In addition to objections from the men who led the agency for a collective 14 years, the President also heard objections from the agency’s covert field operatives. A few weeks earlier, Panetta had arranged for the eight top officials of the Clandestine Service to meet with the President. It was highly unusual for these clandestine officers to visit the Oval Office, and they used the opportunity to warn the President that releasing the memos would put agency operatives at risk.

The President reportedly listened respectfully-and then ignored their advice.  With these actions, Barack Obama arguably did more damage to America’s national security in his first 100 days of office than any President in American history.”

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  • Patriot77

    All part of the plan to bring down the USA. The enemy sits in the WH!! This evil fool needs removed from office ASAP. His puppet-master, George Soros, needs to be tried along with BHO, for treason–and both hanged!
    The problem we face is that we have allowed these communists (Democrats) to divide the country into “groups” by race, sexual preference and group (union) membership along, of course, with the “takers” (welfare recipients). They offer special favor to the blacks, hispanics, homosexuals and union membership. They literally bribe the welfare puppies by providing for their every need! Why is it illegal for my congressman to offer me cash to vote for him, but he can promice cash, food stamps, housing, free cell phones and medical care to the class of “takers” and there’s no conflist of interest there??
    We are in serious trouble folks. I’ll end with this…

    “When once a republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless or a new evil.”~~- Thomas Jefferson

    • Jo Ann

      First I am labeled a “Birther”, next a “Deather”. What label will they come up with, for this one? This is purely his Agenda!

    • AppraisHer

      Jo Ann, the same label they put on any of us, who question his anti-American agenda…RACIST.

    • http://reformdc.com Richard

      If we are not willing to take the time and do the work ourselves for real change then we will forever be amusing pawns for them to play with. The founders of this nation have stated this in various texts.

      There are three Organizations that each focuses on one the top three cancers that are destroying the American culture. We need to stand together and turn Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness into laser beams.

      This site (reformdc.com) has these organizations listed as the top three ads. All three are free to join. All three require you to do very little work and may ask for a lot of work, like run for office. This is the only way that ideals reach a physically successful goal.

      An active role in government means more than news reports and voting. Like-minded people work together in order to attend meetings and see for themselves what there are teaching the children.

      If your thoughts include the words like can’t and won’t then keep on singing to choirs and hurling insults. Don’t need to ask “how is that working for you”, I can tell by the insults.

  • DaNangMe

    Usama Bin Laden and Obama Bin Lyin,cut from the same cloth.

  • just wondering

    Will someone please tell that goof in the Whitehouse that this is NOT a Jr. High school game. We are real people that once had real jobs and used real money. He acts like we are playing with monopoly money and that we are just playing war game and no one really gets hurt. Does he really think that if he would win that HIS OWN people (the muzzies) will let him be the final ruler?

  • http://PATROITREPORT george k morrison

    those wussified obama tactics do not work & will never work they need to continue the Bush era type interrogation tactics on this scum & don’t let up they have no problem with using similar tactics on detainees they capture or worse tactics they need to get back what they dish out being as they’re all big brave suicide bombers

  • randy131

    Now exactly what is the reasoning behind not believing Obama is trying to destroy the USA from within? How many mountains of coincidental evidence must pile up before you understand the truth? That entails Obama’s religious beliefs also. You can tell the campaign cycle for elcetions is here again, Obama has put GOD back in the words of the pledge, and now asks GOD to bless America instead of damning it, and has begun to wear and American Flag pin on his lapel. If he wins re-election all this will go by the way-side again and it will be back to condemning America, telling everyone how unexceptional Americans are, hiding anything that has to do with GOD, and American Flag pins will be deposited in the drawer if its lucky, but maybe the waste basket.

  • Am2sweet

    Obama needs to be taken out of office. Since the Al Qaeda wants revenge we should offer up Obama. Since we took their leader they should take ours. Only fair.

    • Anna Salerno

      Yip fairs fair!!

  • SmithWinston6478

    We could not contest the forces that could be brought against us if the Trojan Horse in the Whitehouse is told by his handlers to declare martial law. Dissidents, resistance, and free speech would quietly disappear. America’s freedom would be in the hands of those highest military officers who took oaths to ‘preserve, defend, and protect the Constitution’. We must exhaust all legal channels to disinfect the Whitehouse before something worse developes. Will we still be free to vote in 2012?.. a frightening but legitimate question.

    “During times of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell ’1984′

  • Don Cartmill

    I had no idea that a single accidental error on twitter by an MSNBC correspondent proclaiming Obama had been killed, would have such an effect on the huge audience that within minutes of the message were dancing in the street. ??? What other explanation could there be ???

  • http://outlookexpress Edwin

    As a muslim he is part of the problem, not the solution. If our government were serious about protecting America they would waterboard Obama to get the info needed to do so.

    • jw

      I would bet Obama would crack long before waterboarding! He does not seem to be the “tough” type. Just threaten to take away his teleprompter and he will tell all, with a “uh” attached.

  • http://yahoo.com tod

    We need to come together on the 4 of July in Washington and take Our Country BACK!

  • http://patriotupdate sick& tired

    anyone notice the lack of black faces at the white house early morning?? odd in a overwheling black city and where did all the people get american flags at midnight in times square just asking.

  • Major Black Cat

    Watch his under the radar for gun control or is it removal from the people so he can call the end to elections as did Hitler. Remeber hitler was actually elected once ans abolished elections.
    If he has a private army as is in the Medical bill, what can a population with no weapons do to stop him???

    • American with a birth certificate…

      Very well said and I hope many will read your post and understand you are 100% correct and a TRUE AMERICAN PATRIOT for speaking the truth. Thank you.

  • AppraisHer

    Isn’t it time for the Republican hopefuls to bring up the fact that Bin Laden is dead because of information gathered during enhanced interogations? It seems even the most dovish progressive is happy with the outcome, so isn’t NOW the time to get this point across?

  • Eric Nordquist

    This B.H.O. is systematically dismantling 235 years worth of the work of our forefathers and all of those who fought and died to preserve it. Who does he think he is? Just how long are we as birth certificate holding Americans going to put up with this silly little savage? Anybody…??

    • Anna Salerno

      The Messiah… ;o)

  • http://patroitupdate gramma74

    holder, cass sunstein, his wife, samantha powers and no doubt many more are going to re-write OUR Constitution & Bill of Rights and bho will sign an executive order to implement changes! Do not listen to his lying BIG purple lips, just watch what he does! Wake up America. God Bless America!!

  • http://aol.com sean murrey

    this SOB wants to take this country down that is his plan along with Soros.

  • Painted Horse

    Obama doesn’t want Americans to find out anything about the muslim world, as he is a Kenyon muslim himself!! I talked to people that have been to Egypt, and other muslim countries & they all are saying how great obama is & he is their salvation when they walk the streets. I don’t think muslims would say that about a christian!!

  • goldielocks

    I believe Congress has the authority to order BO’s impeachment. We all have to “unite” and right or call your congress-man and state your reasons for wanting BO’s impechment. It has to be a legal cause such as when BO ordered air strikes on Lybia with-out going through the official channels (Congress) to get their approval. BO has ignored or broken many ammendments of our Constitution without being stopped by anyone from Congress or our Representives. There is so much going on behind closed doors that we will never know. It is all BAD. Mr.O must be impeached. We must UNITE as a nation and remove BO from the White House if we want to be a free nation UNDER GOD INDIVISABLE.

  • American with a birth certificate…

    We need to understand that we do not have to vote for someone because they are black. We should vote for someone based only on how we feel they will do to serve our great nation and help restore honor and power to the United States of America. I do not care if that person is black,yellow,red,green,white or blue or male or female. I just want to vote for a Patriot who was born in America with real proof and who is really transparent and does not just say they are and someone who has a vision.America,watch what obama does and forget about what he says,they are two different things…..

  • Am2sweet

    This is an interesting article of an interview with Bin Ladens son.

    abcnews.go.com

  • Anna Salerno

    I became so angry when I read what he issued an Executive Order closing the CIA program that uses enhanced interrogations by US personnal and ust follow the techniques of the Army Field Manuel. No more taking terrorists to an undisclosed location for interrogation. Now they are brought to the US and get lawyerd up before they can be interrogated period. This maniac moron barry hussein odumbo did more harm to the US in the first few months of his presidency. OMG this moron canot be relected and if he is then God help us all. I’m totally baffled as to why impeachment has started against him and this communists/marxist supporters. barry does everything he can to appease the muslims because he is one!! He hates the USA and rich white people. Well I hate him, his pathetic wife who laughs at us, eric holder, valerie jarret, and all his criminal thugs and czars. No New World Order for the United States. We want our freedom.

  • Anna Salerno

    Oops I made a few errors in that post… just follow… This maniac moron barry hussein odumbo did more harm to the US in the first few months of his presidency then any other president in US history!… can not… impeachment has not started…