Obama won’t tell Holder to back off on his CIA witch hunt

Posted by: Phineas on May 6, 2011 at 3:52 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Remember, these are the same people who got the initial leads to the courier who eventually lead us to bin Laden. And yet, as reported in this interview with Debra Burlingame, Obama has said that he will not tell Attorney General Eric Holder to end his investigation persecution of these CIA operatives — nor will he even talk to Holder about it:

Utterly disgraceful. “Thanks for leading us to bin Laden, guys. Here’s your reward: possible prosecution. Better start paying some lawyers a retainer. Hope you have enough savings.”

Granted, the position of the Attorney General is unique in the Cabinet: a president should never attempt to interfere in an ongoing case or use the Justice Department to go after foes or favor cronies. That’s the dread “politicization.’ President Bush’s last AG, Michael Mukasey, was very strict about that.

But these are investigations that should never have been undertaken in the first place. The interrogators in question had already been cleared of wrongdoing by career attorneys in the Justice Department. There was no reason to reopen the case, but Holder did anyway — and don’t tell me it wasn’t with Obama’s approval.

This case already stinks to Heaven-on-high of politicization meant to appease Obama’s anti-war, anti-CIA, and anti-American base. Dropping it would be doing no less than justice, something that’s been missing at the Department of Justice for nearly three years, now.

And think about the national security implications: After 9-11, we were desperate to get a lead on the people who had attacked us. DoJ lawyers at the time drew up guidelines for how prisoners could be interrogated, including the circumstances under which waterboarding was appropriate. The interrogators —who were trying to keep any more of us from being killed— acted in good faith under those guidelines. And they succeeded. To tell them that they are still vulnerable to criminal liability is to tell any future CIA (or other US official) that they, too, might be investigated and prosecuted at some future date, regardless of what they were told at the time. Just how effectively do you think they’ll do their job with that hanging over their heads?

These men and women should be given thanks, not the back of the hand.

ADDENDUM: No, I don’t think waterboarding is torture. Neither does Marc Thiessen, who wrote a great book on how Obama is courting disaster. But, even if it is torture, Charles Krauthammer writes that there are times when it is the lesser evil. And, to be honest, I’m still glad they did it. And yes, I’ve changed my thinking about whether waterboarding is torture. So there.

LINKS: Linda Chavez thinks the interrogators should be rewarded, not punished. Power Line is puzzled. Europe can’t resist its post-modern dementia and is starting to talk about “war crimes” in the assassination of bin Laden. And the UN, God love’em, wants details on the raid to make sure it was all legal. You can guess my opinion of the UN and its request.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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7 Responses to “Obama won’t tell Holder to back off on his CIA witch hunt”


  1. ST says:

    And I watched in disgust as tonight on ABC News they showed video released from the WH from the day OBL was killed when BO was praising his national security team, Biden was on the phone talking to Congressional leaders about what went down, etc. They’ll give us these photo op moments, but won’t release pix of OBL. I’m so disgusted with this WH’s post-OBL kill actions that I can’t see straight.

  2. Great White Rat says:

    Aw, ST, come on…did you expect anything different from this administration? Have they ever missed a perceived opportunity for self-congratulation?

    It hasn’t been said too often, but exterminating OBL was a shining vindication.

  3. Carlos says:

    This administration should keep in mind that next year there will be a new administration, one that does not include Chicago thugs and, hopefully, statist maniacs. If these gangsters pull the plug here and go forward with the witchhunt, the payback will be enormous because, Lord knows, there’s plenty of criminal and nefarious activity happening within this administration that would be entertaining, even to empty-headed Hollyweird lovers who voted for this criminal empty suit.

    And when questioned in court, Slo Joe could honestly say “I know nothing” and even the judge would have to believe that!

  4. Drew says:

    The examples of bungling by this administration are a book-length topic. I was exposed to waterboarding in Navy SERE school in 1969; it isn’t necessarily painful but will scare the hell out of anyone.

  5. Kate says:

    Obama must be the worst recruiting tool for the CIA….what a clutz. If they feel that prosecuting people who got good information that takes down a terrorist and hopefully his network, then they are saying they really don’t want a safe and secure world.

  6. Carlos says:

    That’s the last thing in the world they want, Kate.

    As long, of course, as their own little insulated, elitist, arrogancia, intelligencia ruler world is safe from riff-raff like us.

  7. captaingrumpy says:

    All these “metrosexuals” in the DOJ are just brimming with talent.It’s a pity the talent is with other men and not investigations.
    Shame,Shame, Shame, is what this lot want to do to America,and show the Muslims that America really loves them.I can picture Odumbo in school ,doing whatever he has to to please the bullies and show them he is their friend.Obummer really is the essential metrosexual,he doesn’t know which way to turn.