CONFIRMED: Interrogation techniques DID aid in our fight against Al Qaeda

Posted by: ST on April 21, 2009 at 9:16 pm

From the NYT, of all places:

WASHINGTON – President Obama’s national intelligence director told colleagues in a private memo last week that the harsh interrogation techniques banned by the White House did produce significant information that helped the nation in its struggle with terrorists.

“High value information came from interrogations in which those methods were used and provided a deeper understanding of the al Qa’ida organization that was attacking this country,” Adm. Dennis C. Blair, the intelligence director, wrote in a memo to his staff last Thursday.

Admiral Blair sent his memo on the same day the administration publicly released secret Bush administration legal memos authorizing the use of interrogation methods that the Obama White House has deemed to be illegal torture. Among other things, the Bush administration memos revealed that two captured Qaeda operatives were subjected to a form of near-drowning known as waterboarding a total of 266 times.

Admiral Blair’s assessment that the interrogation methods did produce important information was deleted from a condensed version of his memo released to the media last Thursday. Also deleted was a line in which he empathized with his predecessors who originally approved some of the harsh tactics after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

“I like to think I would not have approved those methods in the past,” he wrote, “but I do not fault those who made the decisions at that time, and I will absolutely defend those who carried out the interrogations within the orders they were given.”

A spokeswoman for Admiral Blair said the lines were cut in the normal editing process of shortening an internal memo into a media statement emphasizing his concern that the public understand the context of the decisions made in the past and the fact that they followed legal orders.

“The information gained from these techniques was valuable in some instances, but there is no way of knowing whether the same information could have been obtained through other means,” Admiral Blair said in a written statement issued last night. “The bottom line is these techniques have hurt our image around the world, the damage they have done to our interests far outweighed whatever benefit they gave us and they are not essential to our national security.”

That last part was no doubt added to please President Obama, but let me make a slight correction to part of it: The revelation of these techniques by (mostly) liberals and so-called “human rights” groups have hurt our image around the world. No wonder this info was originally redacted from the memos released last week.

Put that in your pipes and smoke it, “concerned” liberals.

Seriously. Can you imagine wasting an opportunity we have to get valuable information to stop a terrorist attack on our own soil because we’re worried some terrorist might not get enough sleep?

Related:

RSS feed for comments on this post.

12 Responses to “CONFIRMED: Interrogation techniques DID aid in our fight against Al Qaeda”

Comments

  1. Chris in NC says:

    Hey ST! A bit off topic. Did you see the Hurricanes beat New Jersey with a goal as the time ended? What a finish!

  2. gus says:

    The specific information is going to come out. It is going to show that waterboarding saved thousands of American lives, specifically in Los Angeles.
    The Media will ignore it. Conservatives will know it, and the revolution will build.
    Obama and his hacks are completely dishonest and corrupt, but moreso, they are anti-American. WHY WOULD THEY HIDE THE TRUTH IF THE TRUTH HELPS AMERICA????
    Because they are consolidation power and because the are Marxists. America got FOOLED. I didn’t. Obama is only a half black Marxist con man. Nothing else.

  3. This situation with Obama, the memos,and now the revelation that he’ll allow prosecution of Bush Administration officials is getting out of hand. Every day brings a new horror with regard to him. If he’s not kowtowing to Chavez or ignoring Moralez’ insults, he’s attacking his own country.

    I’m about ready to declare him our Worst President Ever.

  4. Tarheel says:

    If the obama admin. tries to prosecute former govt. officials here, it seems to me that there is some highly illegal things going on in the obama admin. e.g., government take over of private corporations, that must be prosecuted when conservatives retake the White House in 2012.

  5. Carol says:

    I’ll bet every penny I have that he’ll go down in history as the worst president ever!

  6. bertie says:

    As I listened to Rove talk about all this a sudden, sickening comparison jumped into my head.

    Terrorists have always been free of the fear that we would do to them what they would do to us. (Specifically, we don’t chop off people’s heads.)

    Liberals have always been free of the fear that conservatives would do to them what they do to conservatives. (Specifically, Bush didn’t waste time blaming Clinton for 9/11, he was focused on keeping us safe.)

  7. Bear1909 says:

    start investigating ACORN. he’ll get impeached over it. Barry Soetoro is a front man for the world socialist cabal. He is George Soros “bend over” boy. An empty suit.

    and while we are at it…. contribute to a) passage of the Fair Tax; and, b) prosecuting Barry Soetoro for not filing an official birth certificate to certify he is actually a natural born citizen.

    give your money and support to these two critical efforts. take the wind out of our spendthrift Congress’ sails— and dethrone this despot narcissist tool.

    :d

  8. Russ says:

    Anyone notice that Obama had a change of heart about procecuting former Administration officals after meeting with King Adullah of Jordon. Any question as to where Obama is getting his marching orders

  9. DavidL says:

    The one’s most fundamental problem is that the real world refuse to conform to Obamaland delusions.

    Richard Nixon got into fight with the FBI. It appears that the one has stumbled into a fight with the CIA. The one tried his pretty words on the Jack Bauers. Gotta another plan?

  10. Tom TB says:

    There really are people in this world that want to kill us, Mr. Obama, and if you don’t believe me I’ll give you a tour of my former workplace in lower Manhattan. Smiles, handshakes, friendly slaps on the shoulder, just make our enemies bolder; after they stop laughing.

  11. Brian R. Higgins says:

    Who do you trust, Mr. President?

  12. Carlos says:

    Carol, you still have a penny left? How did His Hollowness miss that?