Hoekstra slams Obama, Justice Dept over CIA investigations

Posted by: ST on August 24, 2009 at 6:12 pm

Ouch:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, issued the following statement after the Department of Justice released portions of a CIA IG report on terrorist interrogation and Attorney General Eric Holder announced he was naming a prosecutor to investigate CIA officers engaged in counterterrorism:

“At the same time the situation in Afghanistan is getting decidedly worse and the Taliban is advancing, the Obama Justice Department is launching an investigation that risks disrupting CIA counterterrorism initiatives. This is the last thing that should happen when the president is sending more troops into harm’s way, and the nation’s top military officer, Admiral Mike Mullen, said over the weekend that al-Qaeda still remains a threat to America and our interests abroad.

“Attorney General Holder should know that as he increases the focus on America’s past counterterrorism efforts, he is distracting from the CIA’s current counterterrorism efforts. Having recently been forced to drop cases due to prosecutorial misconduct at DOJ, the attorney general argued that these were rare instances and not part of a broader problem. The same can be said of the CIA, where the agency initiated the investigation, reported cases of misconduct and disciplined the officers involved.

“It is important to note that incidences of inappropriate, unauthorized conduct cited in the 2004 IG report were dealt with. The unauthorized conduct has been exhaustively reviewed in the past, including by the committee. That the Obama administration apparently is planning to reopen these cases after thorough review by nonpartisan prosecutors raises serious questions.

“President Obama has said repeatedly that he wants to move forward, but his Justice Department seems intractably stuck in reverse. The message from the administration is completely confused, and the men and women at the CIA who we ask to protect our nation have been left in the lurch.

“The attorney general needs to stop his zealous attempt to make this out to be a systemic problem, when unlike cases such as the 2001 Peru shoot down, the CIA IG did not find evidence that there was a systemic problem. Disgruntled lawyers at DOJ, having lost the debate that America’s counterterrorism efforts should be focused on prevention not prosecution, need to put an end to this bureaucratic turf battle.

“The American people have made it clear, they want the CIA to focus on exactly what its mission should be—disrupting and defeating our nation’s enemies and preventing the next attack.”

Yep.

Also, make sure to read Jennifer Rubin’s breakdown of what this all means. Snippets:

Let’s unpack some of this. For starters, this is not “politically awkward” for Holder. He will be greeted by cheers from the Left. The media will write glowing editorials. There is nothing like going after the intelligence community for getting the liberal elite’s juices flowing. But he is actually doing one of two things: he is either a rogue attorney general, defying the wishes of the administration and determined to drag the administration and country through a quagmire of investigations and problematic prosecutions, or he is carrying out the president’s wishes while insulating Obama from the wrath of anyone thinking it is the president’s job to defend those who defended us and to avoid further damage to the already crumbling morale at Langley.

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Well, we’ve come a long way. The war on terror has become the war on the CIA. And the terrorists no longer need fear anything more harsh than polite questions posed to them on a good night’s sleep and in quiet, comfy surroundings. And the timing is perfect. Obama is on vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, and not bold enough to announce and defend these developments from the White House. America, apparently, is on holiday from the war on terror, too. Unfortunately, our enemies are not.

Make sure to read the whole thing.

The Obama administration, in a nutshell, has declared war on our intelligence operations and the Bush administration. This is all about distractions and revenge, not “transparency and accountability.” This administration made it clear long ago that they had no intention of practicing what they preached on that front.

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  1. Ron Russell says:

    Just like obamacare this in another one where the Obama administration will encounter a stiff headwind.

  2. Carlos says:

    Common sense-wise, Duh-1 and his entire administration have been on vacation since birth, apparently. Too bad they didn’t take their useless bodies and ideologies with them on that common sense-vacation.

  3. ClassicFilm says:

    Utterly despicable. But they’ve stupidly forgotten that “what goes around, comes around.” Opening Pandora’s box now will make investigating this socialist group of elitist clowns just that much easier in 2012. I’ll bet the ever-growing list of what to investigate is being compiled now.

    Wonder if Obama was eating ice cream in Martha’s Vineyard when Holder made his announcement to further rip apart our country and demean the intelligence triumphs to prevent any other attacks on US soil? Barack seems to be eating ice cream, vacationing, or golfing whenever critical situations arise.

    Or wee-wee’ing…

  4. This is insane.

    Here we are faced with jihadists who want to kill us, and who are plotting daily to do so, we’ve got Iran getting the bomb and Hugo Chavez who wants to reignite revolution down south, we’ve got the Chinese building warships like there’s no tomorrow, and what is Obama’s priority?

    Destroying the CIA.

    This president is going to get a lot of Americans killed.

  5. Carlos says:

    But Tom, the threat can’t be that big. After all, even by leftist count it isn’t any more than 1% of the worldwide Muslim population that is radical kill-all-Americans extremist (a count I disagree with, but that’s another story).

    Unfortunately, that translates into 15 million, but what the heck?

    Within 5 years Muslims will be the majority in France because of their insipidly stupid immigration policies. 15 years for Great Briton, same reason. And it’s estimated that, with present policies, 25-30 years for the good old U. S. of A.

    And as far as hunting down protectors of America, what better way for Duh-1 to show he’s serious in his apologies for America existing than to destroy her from within?

  6. 2Hotel9 says:

    “risks disrupting CIA counterterrorism initiatives.”

    That is the point, Barri and the Democrats want Afghanistan to become a meatgrinder, high casualty numbers will serve the Democrat Party and Obama Admin’s goal of losing the war against Muslim terrorists. Their stated goal from the very beginning.