POTUS owes CIA an apology, from Marc A. Thiessen, Washington Post :
Now, it turns out that the very CIA interrogators whose lives Obama turned upside down played a critical role in what the president rightly calls “the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al Qaeda.”
It is time for a public apology.
U.S officials have acknowledged that the key piece of intelligence that led the CIA to bin Laden â€” information on the al-Qaeda leader’s principal courier â€” came from detainees in CIA custody. According to a senior administration official,
More, Leon Panetta with Brian Williams, text:
WASHINGTON â€” Intelligence garnered from waterboarded detainees was used to track down al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and kill him, CIA Chief Leon Panetta told NBC News on Tuesday.
“Enhanced interrogation techniques” were used to extract information that led to the mission’s success, Panetta said during an interview with anchor Brian Williams. Those techniques included waterboarding, he acknowledged.
Hat tip: Nice Deb .
Miss Andrea Sullivan objects, from Daily Beas t:
It tells you a couple of things: first, there is no clear evidence that torturing prisoners played any role in this successful operation; second, that this fact threatens the only narrative politically standing between these war criminals and prosecution under the Geneva Conventions. No wonder they are worried. And no wonder they have persuaded one of their primary outlets, the New York Times, to make this trivial issue in this astonishing Obama success a front-page story.
How dare the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency argue intelligence gathering with the World’s foremost expert on the uterus. Reminded that Miss Sullivan also declared herself and expert on Sarah Palin’s uterus, and loudly denied that Mrs. Palln was not the mother of her own son. Time to go back on your medications Miss Sullivan.
Dumbo hatches another conspiracy theory, Barack Obama’s stubborn refusal to respond to Mrs. Clinton’s campaign demands to see his long form birth certificate, gave birth to the birther theory. Now, Obama is refusing to provide evidence which would put tp ress Mr. Sheehan’s theory that Usama bin Laden is still alive, from Kimberly Dozier and Erica Werner
WASHINGTON (AP ) – President Barack Obama said Wednesday he’s decided not to release death photos of terrorist Osama bin Laden because their graphic nature could incite violence and create national security risks for the United States.
“There’s no doubt we killed Osama bin Laden,” the president said in an interview with CBS News, and there was no need to release the photographs or gloat. “There’s no need to spike the football,” he said.
Everybody makes mistakes. Smart people don’t keep repeating the same ones.
And another, both Eric and I have discussed the story that Leon Panetta and not President Barack Obama ordered the strike on Usama bin Laden. While this picture is far from conclusive, it does nothing to establish the White House post raid spin that Obama was in charge. Note the President in neither in a commanding position, or has a commanding posture. If anybody looks to be in charge, it is Mrs. Clinton. All Obama needs is the popcorn.
Hat tip photo: Socyberty .
Human Rights Watch cries foul, from, Washington Times, via Daily Caller :
The executive director of Human Rights Watch is criticizing the United States for killing terrorist leader Osama bin Laden without due process.
Kenneth Roth opined on bin Laden’s death via his Twitter account (@KenRoth), taking aim at comments made by the U.N.’s secretary-general: “Ban Ki-moon wrong on #Osama bin Laden: It’s not “justice” for him to be killed even if justified; no trial, conviction”.
So sorry but the late Usama bin Laden was a legitimate target, the late Usama bin Laden declared war of the United States. That fact alone made him, a commander-in-chief of al Qaeda a legitimate target of war, to wit command and control.
Had not patriotic American heroes regained control of Flight Ninety-Three, it appears destined for either the Capital or White House.