Please Eric do it.
Four knowledgeable sources tell NEWSWEEK that he is now leaning toward appointing a prosecutor to investigate the Bush administration’s brutal interrogation practices, something the president has been reluctant to do. While no final decision has been made, an announcement could come in a matter of weeks, say these sources, who decline to be identified discussing a sensitive law-enforcement matter. Such a decision would roil the country, would likely plunge Washington into a new round of partisan warfare, and could even imperil Obama’s domestic priorities, including health care and energy reform. Holder knows all this, and he has been wrestling with the question for months. “I hope that whatever decision I make would not have a negative impact on the president’s agenda,” he says. “But that can’t be a part of my decision.”
And, then, President Obama can declassify a whole bunch of CIA and NSA materials that may shed some light on the entire 9/11 enhanced interrrogation technique’s flap. Of course, this may endanger American national security but Eric Holder, the Attorney General who encouraged President Clinton to pardon Marc Rich, a known criminal, knows best.
Now will it be suprising that after this piece in Newsweek that Obama or Rahm calls Holder in for a little chat?
I say put Leon Panetta, Dick Cheney, Porter Goss and George Tenent on the stand under oath and let the chips fall where they may.
But, it won’t happen.
CIA Director Leon Panetta laughs while attending a National Italian-American Foundation luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 11, 2009Well, you cannot play it both ways, Panetta.
A CIA spokesman is sharply downplaying Director Leon Panetta ‘s recent comments that appear to question whether former Vice President Dick Cheney is hoping for another terrorist attack against the United States.
“The Director does not believe the former Vice President wants an attack,” CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano said in a statement to CNN. “He did not say that. He was simply expressing his profound disagreement with the assertion that President Obama’s security policies have made our country less safe. Nor did he question anyone’s motives.”
The statement comes days after the New Yorker published an interview with Panetta during which he said Cheney’s recent criticism of Obama â€“ including the decision to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba â€“ show the ex-vice president “smells some blood in the water on the national security issue.”
“It’s almost, a little bit, gallows politics,” said Panetta. “When you read behind it, it’s almost as if he’s wishing that this country would be attacked again, in order to make his point.”
Cheney’s office released a terse statement from the vice president Monday responding to the comments, saying “I hope my old friend Leon was misquoted.”
Exit question: Was CIA Director Panetta misquoted or did he commit a gaffe?
WLS Radio talk show host subjects himself to waterboarding
How do you spell MORON? Oh Yeah MANCOW.
Mancow admits that waterboarding is torture after lasting what 6 or 7 seconds but he could have discovered the same without the moronic exhibition from the journalists who went before – especially Vanity Fair’s Christopher Hitchens. Hitchen’s waterboarding is directly below.Journalist Christopher Hitchen’s is waterboarded
Here is a reporter from Playboy, Mike Guy who was waterboarded.See if Mike Guy from Playboy can win his bet he can last 15 seconds?
But, what is the real question for debate here? Is waterboarding torture, like having a red hot poker stuck up your ass or being boiled in oil or being stretched senseless on the rack?
And, to what limits and under whose authority would waterboarding EVER be used? Watch this video where these questions are explored.
Rather than having these moronic and horrific displays of the technique itself, let’s move onto exploring what the actual results of the enhanced interrogation methods, including waterboarding were, what works and doesn’t.
President Obama can start the debate by releasing the classified CIA memos for the public to evaluate. No more hiding the ball.
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Do you approve or disapprove of how each of the following has handled the matter of interrogation techniques used against terrorism suspects?
- Barack Obama – 59/29%
- The CIA – 52/31%
- Democrats in Congress – 44/40%
- Republicans in Congress – 40/45%
- Nancy Pelosi – 31/47%
Well, Pelosi is a Liar Liar Pants on fire and Americans know it.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Md., second from right, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 19, 2009. Joining him, from left are, Rep. Xavier Bacerra, D-Calif., Rep. John Larson, D-Conn. and House Majority Whip James Clyburn of South CarolinaA good catch of the nuance of Steny Hoyer defending Nancy Pelosi on CIA enhanced interrrogation techniques, including waterboarding by Jim Geraghty of National Review.
In an effort to help out Nancy Pelosi, the number two Democrat in the House, Steny Hoyer, asserts that CIA Director Leon Panetta doesn’t know what he’s talking about: “As I understand, Mr. Panettaâ€™s notes donâ€™t reflect that. Mr. Panetta was not there and he wasnâ€™t the director. I havenâ€™t seen the notes.”
Hoyer has now effectively doubled down on Pelosi’s claim, arguing that Panetta is lying when he wrote, “our contemporaneous records from September 2002 indicate that CIA officers briefed truthfully on the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, describing “the enhanced techniques that had been employed.”
Asked by CNSNews.com Tuesday whether he agreed with Pelosiâ€™s more general statement that the CIA misleads Congress all the time, Hoyer said: â€œYou guys want to hang on to this like a laser. I think thatâ€™s unfortunate. What the speaker said was she was not specifically advised as to the specific enhanced interrogation techniques that were being utilized. I believe her when she says that. Iâ€™m not going to go into every other facet of this that you — Iâ€™m not going to go into every facet of this. I made my statement. I think itâ€™s pretty clear. I hope nobody here misinterprets what I just said.â€
So, what the hell does that mean?
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer has essentially said that CIA Director Leon Panetta does not know what he is talking about, insists that Speaker Pelosi has a great memory and doesn’t want to committ to the proposition that the CIA misleads us all of the time, as Pelosi maintains.
Typical POL DOUBLESPEAK – but watch him stick the knife in Pelosi’s back, if she appears wounded.
This poll result is hard to fathom but here it is.
And, it is split pretty much along partisan lines.
In typical partisan fashion, 62% of Democrats give Pelosi the benefit of the doubt while 62% of Republicans hold the opposite view. As for those not affiliated with either major political party, 38% say the CIA may have misled the current House speaker, but 48% say itâ€™s not likely.
The ideological divide is similar: 70% of liberals take Pelosiâ€™s side, but just 24% of conservatives agree.
Looks like Pelosi will survive for a while and Flap bets there will be NO truth commission on Bush era enhanced interrogation techniques lest it drudge up Pelosi’s lies and sins again.
For the GOP Pelosi becomes the new Hillary of fundraising opportunities as the CIA continues undermine her authority as Speaker.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 14, 2009. Earlier Thursday, under strong attack from Republicans, Pelosi accused the CIA and Bush Administration of misleading her about waterboarding detainees in the war on terror and sharply rebutted claims she was complicit in the method’s use.Guess Speaker Pelosi doesn’t want to discuss her complicity in CIA enhanced interrogation techniques, including waterboarding.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) turned down invitations to be on several Sunday morning talk shows and is instead spending the weekend with her family.
The Speaker was invited to appear on NBC’s “Meet the Press,â€ ABC’s “This Week,â€ â€œFox News Sundayâ€ and CNNâ€™s â€œState of the Union,â€ according to sources at the networks.
One source said Pelosi (D-Calif.) will be attending her granddaughter’s first communion in Phoenix on Sunday.
Pelosi’s office confirmed she is with her family this weekend.
“We have turned down Sunday shows many, many times before,” Pelosi spokesman Nadeam Elshami said.
Well, Pelosi has attempted to back away from her criticism of the CIA today.
“My criticism of the manner in which the Bush administration did not appropriately inform Congress is separate from my respect for those in the intelligence community who work to keep our country safe,” Pelosi said in a statement Saturday.
In the meantime, the Speaker will hide out, stonewall and hope the news cycle moves on.
Americans deserve some answers from Pelosi about her obvious LIES.
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- By the end of June?
- By Labor Day?
- By the end of the year?
When will Obama and the Democrats view Pelosi as the liability she is because of her LIES on waterboarding and blaming the CIA?
Exit Answer: By Labor Day – sometime during the summer Congressional recess.
The House Speaker Nancy Pelosi show on CIA enhanced interrogation techniques, including waterboarding is becoming a comedy.
Why the Democrats do not force Pelosi to say she is mistaken before the hypocritical complicity in waterboarding spreads to infect the entire caucus is a Republican Party dream.
How long will Obama allow this to continue?