Category Archives: CIA interrogation program
Remember when Bush critics made political hay over his 2004 Radio and Television Correspondence Dinner, which involved joking about no wmd found? Tasteless or not, he was poking fun at HIMSELF. Well, now we have a similar faux outrage over … Continue reading
In a time when the current administration appears to favor kills over capture as well as “catch and release“, last Saturday Abu Anas al-Libi (Zawahiri’s man in Libya) survived President Obama’s kill list to be captured instead of droned upon:
Remember when Christopher Hitchens and “Mancow” requested to be waterboarded so that they could experience how unpleasant the whole sensation is? Well, enter Actor and rapper Mos Def: Rapper Mos Def, now known as Yasiin Bey, has been filmed being … Continue reading
Five years after Obama was elected you still hear the left wail and cry over George W. Bush’s “trampling” of American’s rights. Interesting isn’t it? One could argue that immediately after the worst attack on American soil the surveillance of … Continue reading
-Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein
While it is true that there has been hypocrisy on the left in regards to this and other similar policy-making decisions where President Obama has embraced some of the very same policies and positions (or similar ones) that he and his fellow Democrats attacked his predecessor over (against it before they were for it), it is also true that there has been consistency as well among those who are ideologically pure; and blind to the “D” or the scarlet letter “R” next to the name. This is true of conservatives during the Bush years who did criticize the Bush administration, fearing such things as the Patriot Act and NSA wiretapping. In this they were aligned with groups like the ACLU. And now it is the ACLU who is aligned with those who fear certain actions taken by the Obama administration. Strange bedfellows?
Yesterday morning, the American Enterprise Institute held an event titled “Watching ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ with the CIA: Separating fact from fiction.”
AEI’s Marc Thiessen (author of “Courting Disaster: How the CIA Kept America Safe and How Barack Obama Is Inviting the Next Attack”) will host a panel discussion with three CIA veterans who were involved in the hunt for bin Laden.
General Michael Hayden (ret.), Former Director CIA
John A. Rizzo, Former Chief Legal Officer at CIA
Jose Rodriguez, Former Director National Clandestine Service
Last Friday, ex-CIA officer John Kiriakou was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison by federal judge Leonie Brinkema under the Intelligence Identities Protection Act. It’s the first time that a CIA officer will serve prison time for disclosing classified information to news media.
The judge rejected his claims that he acted in the interests of the nation as a whistleblower:
How accurate and realistic is the portrayal of CIA interrogation in the film? The movie, after all, opens with a statement saying “based on firsthand accounts of actual events”; then goes on to show the fictionalized brutal abuse and torture of a fictional high value terrorist, including waterboarding.
Well, one “firsthand account” not utilized as an expert consultant to the movie is Jose Rodriguez, former head of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, author of Hard Measures, and unapologetic defender of the CIA’s “torture” program….
I decided to go check out the movie for myself thanks to the ringing endorsement by Senators Feinstein, Levin, and McCain: “I thought it was terrible,” said Feinstein, one of a handful of lawmakers to see the film ahead of … Continue reading