White House: Debate over EITs a “distraction from the broader picture”

Posted by: ST on May 3, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Obama’s favorite word rears its ugly head once again:

The chain of clues that led to the Abbottabad compound where Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. special forces early Monday began with human intelligence. Senior administration officials have said key members of bin Laden’s inner-circle were flagged by post-9/11 detainees under interrogation, and that has raised an inescapable question: Did the chain begin with information gleaned from “enhanced interrogation” or waterboarding, the Bush-era technique President Obama and CIA chief Leon Panetta have decried as torture?

The White House insists that not only is the answer unknowable, but ultimately moot. “It’s impossible to know whether information obtained by [Enhanced Interrogation Techniques] could have been obtained by other forms of interrogation,” White House spokesman Tommy Vietor tells TIME. “I think this is a distraction from the broader picture, which is that this achievement was the result of years of painstaking work by our intelligence community that drew from multiple sources.”

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The Obama administration is steering clear of anything declarative. Attorney General Eric Holder told reporters Tuesday that he simply doesn’t know whether EITs could have yielded vital intelligence. “There was a mosaic of sources that lead to the identification of the people,” he said. And the White House is prepared to press the “mosaic” case aggressively.

“Multiple detainees have given us insights into networks of people who might have been close to Bin Laden. And beyond detainee reporting, solid information derived from other sources over many years ultimately helped solve an incredibly complex puzzle,” Vietor says. “The bottom line is this: If we had some kind of smoking gun intelligence from waterboarding in 2003, we would have taken out Osama bin Laden in 2003. So this argument just doesn’t make a lot of sense.”

What a deceitful load of crap! That argument is not that the code name for the courier who eventually led the US to bin Laden came as a direct result of KSM’s 2003 waterboarding. What people are saying is that over time – which various news reports bear out – while KSM was in US custody in either an evil “secret prison” or the “unconstitutional” Gitmo, that the information was gleaned over a period of time, possibly under threat of another waterboarding, and most assuredly it came after one of a series of rounds of very aggressive interrogating – and not just of KSM but Abu Faraj al Libi as well.

The Obama administration, including their “spokesmen”, want people to believe that Islamofascist thugs at all levels will give up crucial information merely when “standard” interrogation techniques are used. I take that back – that’s what they’re hoping people believe as they’d prefer nothing more than for the American people to be in the dark on any number of issues because that would mean that the administration would be questioned less. The undisputable fact is that Islamic fanatics live to DIE for their “cause.” Being a martyr is the name of the game. Yeah, they want to take out as many “infidels” as possible, but they don’t mind if they go out with them, because not only do they think it will it bring “honor” to their Islamic families, but also because they believe virgins are awaiting them in Allah’s “heaven.”

Nope, these guys don’t give up information easily, which is the main reason EITs were authorized for use. The Obama administration will forever refuse to admit their gross error in judgement on the issue of President Bush’s more “controversial” counterterrorism policies, and they have good reason to. Obama’s approval ratings, prior to the OBL kill, were tanking. As a result of the news of OBL’s demise, Obama’s ratings have risen 9 points. The administration understandably wants to ride that wave into Campaign 2012 as opposed to being “distracted” by the fact that the very victory that they can credit with the surge in approval ratings was enabled, in part, thanks to the Bush doctrine policies they and their fellow liberals swore up and down were absolutely, positively not conducive to obtaining valuable, actionable intelligence.

To modify a quote from someone pretty famous, if the Obama administration is counting on conservatives to be passive in this debate, they’ve counted wrong. Very wrong.

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7 Responses to “White House: Debate over EITs a “distraction from the broader picture””

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  1. Lorica says:

    You know I can’t even read the garbage that comes out of this White House anymore. Its all a distraction or someone is a racist, or some other butthead thing that flys out of the mouth of these incredibly stupid people. I thought you couldn’t get any stupider than Gibbs but for God Sake Carney is a complete and utter idiot. I don’t know where Obama finds these dumba**es. Supposedly for the smartest man on the planet, he certainly does attract some of the stupidest people known to man. I do tend to wonder if the old saying birds of a feather, isn’t closer to the truth.

    In all actuality I wonder if more distractions isn’t a good thing for America when it comes to this President. – Lorica

  2. RM says:

    It was not just enhanced interrogation techniques but foreign detention sites, Gitmo, extraordinary rendition, surveillance, special operators and others practices that were entirely condemned by Obama and all crucial in locating OBL. This dishonest hypocrisy must be underscored in the campaign because most of the techniques used to find OBL have been discontinued and criminalized by this administration which will be very useful to the next group of terrorists.

  3. PE says:

    My mosaic shows an idiot who will screw up anything he touches. One explanation for the successful bin laden takeout is that Obama led from behind on this one.

  4. Kate says:

    Where is the media on the “kill” order? Don’t you think this gentle, kind and academically gifted president would draw the line at giving such harsh orders? And why is Gitmo still in operation if what is going on there is so unconstitional and against humanity? And when is that trial for KSM going to start in CIVIL courts?

    These and other questions will go unanswered, unrebutted and resulting actions will go unquestioned by the lamestreammedia.

    Personnally I think this was done because Obama did not want to have to send OBL to Gitmo (the only correct thing to do) and then have a miliary tribunal (which is the only correct action) which could result in further terrorist attacks here and abroad. Now, if that is the basis for the Kill Order we should all be apprised of it in an honest fashion. But what we see now is what Sister has posted…jibber jabber, back pedalling and posturing that makes the US look even weaker.

    Great work CIA and Navy Seals….tough luck Obama!

  5. Carlos says:

    It’s the “Oz” factor, folks, the “Oz” factor.

    (That’s the man standing behind the curtain.)

  6. Brontefan says:

    There is no limit to how stupid this administration believes the American public to be! Of course, they did elect a Marxist president–carefully cloaked in MSM and “hope & change” which to date has actually stood for nothing more than a radial shift to socialism. However, any man who is as “genius” as they swear he is… and cannot make a decision so he votes “present” to make sure he offends no one before his presidential run–is not a person I can see giving the KILL order. A man who will spend endless amounts of money to hide his past, yet insist anyone who questions him about it is a racist or conspiracy theorist–has no major convictions except to ensure he shift American to a primary socialist country that he and his elitist friends will live ABOVE the fray. I just don’t see him making any monumentally important decision on his own. Was Michelle in the room?

  7. captaingrumpy says:

    I just don’t believe anything anymore unless I see it. Too much BS in Washington.