May 14, 2009
By Ronald Kessler, Newsmax
In the beginning, President Obama said he wanted to make us safer by letting potential terrorists know that we do not engage in torture. The idea was that sending that message would deprive terrorists of a recruiting tool.
So, even though enhanced interrogation techniques had not been employed since 2003, and Michael Hayden as CIA director banned their use three years later, Obama said he was stopping them.
Then Obama released Justice Department memos describing the enhanced interrogation techniques that had been used on three terrorists. In doing so, despite his claim that he did not want to do so, Obama provided terrorists with ammunition to recruit more terrorists.
At the same time, Obama chose not to release CIA documents showing that the interrogations provided leads that rolled up terrorist plots, saving thousands of American lives.
The White House even went so far as to edit out a statement by Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair that enhanced interrogations provided valuable information.
As Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, has told me, Obama has been “cherry picking” what he releases for political purposes.
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My Note: I’ve never seen any documented evidence to suggest either Gitmo or aggressive interrogations provide Al Qaeda with enhanced recruiting capabilities. Radical Islam does not need our help to recruit. They started in earnest in the 70s and pulled off escalations for decades culminating in 9/11 without Gitmo, without CIA interrogations. Indeed, Islam has been at war with the West since about 635 A.D. The fact is the Bush Administration’s aggressive response to 9/11 has kept us safe for 7.5 years and stopped the Muslim invaders at the gate, as was done on September 11, 1683 in Vienna.
“There are such social values today in Europe, America, and Australia only because during those thousand years the Christians of Europe possessed the warlike power to do what the Christians of Asia and Africa had failed to do – that is, to beat back the Moslem invader.”