Our successors in office have their own views on all of these matters.
By presidential decision, last month we saw the selective release of
documents relating to enhanced interrogations. This is held up as a
bold exercise in open government, honoring the public’s right to
know. We’re informed, as well, that there was much agonizing over
Yet somehow, when the soul-searching was done and the veil was
lifted on the policies of the Bush administration, the public was given
less than half the truth. The released memos were carefully redacted
to leave out references to what our government learned through the
methods in question. Other memos, laying out specific terrorist plots
that were averted, apparently were not even considered for release.
For reasons the administration has yet to explain, they believe the
public has a right to know the method of the questions, but not the
content of the answers.
Over on the left wing of the president’s party, there appears to be little
curiosity in finding out what was learned from the terrorists. The kind
of answers they’re after would be heard before a so-called “Truth
Commission.” Some are even demanding that those who
recommended and approved the interrogations be prosecuted, in
effect treating political disagreements as a punishable offense, and
political opponents as criminals. It’s hard to imagine a worse
precedent, filled with more possibilities for trouble and abuse, than to
have an incoming administration criminalize the policy decisions of its
Apart from doing a serious injustice to intelligence operators and
lawyers who deserve far better for their devoted service, the danger
here is a loss of focus on national security, and what it requires. I
would advise the administration to think very carefully about the
course ahead. All the zeal that has been directed at interrogations is
utterly misplaced. And staying on that path will only lead our
government further away from its duty to protect the American
One person who by all accounts objected to the release of the
interrogation memos was the Director of Central Intelligence, Leon
Panetta. He was joined in that view by at least four of his
predecessors. I assume they felt this way because they understand
the importance of protecting intelligence sources, methods, and
personnel. But now that this once top-secret information is out for all
to see – including the enemy – let me draw your attention to some
points that are routinely overlooked.
It is a fact that only detainees of the highest intelligence value were
ever subjected to enhanced interrogation. You’ve heard endlessly
about waterboarding. It happened to three terrorists. One of them
was Khalid Sheikh Muhammed – the mastermind of 9/11, who has
also boasted about beheading Daniel Pearl.
Why wouldn't Obama release the memos Cheney asking him to release?
Simple answer is that the release of memos describing how these terrorist masterminds spilled the beans about their organization's operations and future attack plans will humiliate them. You see our Kenyan-Indonesian President does not want to humiliate al-qaeda leaders who have been recruiting, training and sending other terrorists to suicide missions. All these terrorists will be disappointed and disillusioned when they find out that their "brave" leaders are cowards who were scared shitless when water-boarded and gave up all they knew. Obama just can't let that happen. He is obsessed about humiliating the Bush administration that kept us safe since 9-11-2001. That is the reason!