The war of leaks may now begin.
And as I noted yesterday, what an interesting war it will be. Via AoSHQ: Justice Dept. Report Advises Pursuing C.I.A. Abuse Cases WASHINGTON — The Justice Department’s ethics office has recommended reversing the Bush administration and reopening nearly a dozen prisoner-abuse cases, potentially exposing Central Intelligence Agency employees and contractors to prosecution for brutal treatment of terrorism suspects, according to a person officially briefed on | Read More »
Possible options on investigating the Bush-era CIA.
As I see it, there are three possible ways that you could investigate claims of CIA abuse of suspected terrorists during interrogations under Bush. Don’t. This would infuriate the Left, most of whom spent considerable amounts of time, effort, and money to elect a President and Congress that would revisit the Salem Witch Trials (with possibly even the mass hangings); and give no net gain | Read More »
NRCC targets Democrats using Speaker Pelosi.
The NRCC will be launching a barrage of television, radio, phone, and physical advertisements today at specific Democratic-controlled House Districts. The theme of the message: Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s attacks on the CIA, the implications of those attacks, and the curious disinterest in selected House Democrats in facing up to those implications. The television ad for MD-01′s Frank Kratovil sums it up: If the CIA deceived | Read More »
Be grateful the RNC didn’t call her ‘Miss Moneyspendy.’
Nothing much happened yesterday, huh? Aside from a lot of people yelling over this rather innocuous ad, apparently: Allahpundit and Legal Insurrection I’ll forgive: they’re merely offering tactical advice, not taking seriously Lefty faux-outrage currently being cataloged (along with other reactions) by The Other McCain, Little Miss Attila, Protein Wisdom, & The Sundries Shack. Personally, I’ll start taking said Left-outrage more seriously when they start | Read More »
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It’s like a demented tennis match: CIA director says Pelosi received the truth CIA Director Leon Panetta challenged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s accusations that the agency lied to her, writing a memo to his agents saying she received nothing but the truth. [snip] Panetta, President Obama’s pick to run the clandestine agency and President Clinton’s former chief of staff, wrote in a memo to CIA | Read More »
Lieberman doesn’t know where Pelosi’s getting this ‘misled’ thing from…
…he’s been getting briefings from them for decades, with no complaints: See also here, here, & here. Ed Morrissey heard laughter in the above: I’m not as sure, but if it is there it’s both understandable and justified. Joe Lieberman’s taken a lot of garbage from Pelosi’s ideological cohorts over the years, and even though he’s easily given better than he’s gotten the thought of | Read More »
Strictly business, Madam Speaker.
A pair of stories (HT: Hot Air Headlines, here and here) illustrate the sudden appearance of troubles for the Speaker of the House rather neatly. First, the general: Democrats: CIA is out to get us Democrats charged Tuesday that the CIA has released documents about congressional briefings on harsh interrogation techniques in order to deflect attention and blame away from itself. and now, the specific: | Read More »
Bill Burton petulant about CIA photo goof.
You know, I don’t really expect anyone from this administration to be gracious, or even polite, to either Republicans or conservatives. It’s nice when it happens, but by and large the the executive branch doesn’t like us, they downright hate having to pretend that they do, and they get petulant about the whole thing. So if it had been Brother Caleb or Michael Goldfarb asking | Read More »
Cheney Doubles Down on ‘torture’ memos.
(Via Andrew Malcolm) Former Vice President Dick Cheney has indicated that last week’s disclosure / distraction involving four CIA ‘torture’ memos is critically incomplete, as it fails to give results. He wants the full story released: “One of the things that I find a little bit disturbing about this recent disclosure,” Cheney tells Hannity, “is they put out the legal memos, the memos that the | Read More »
Obama’s Rendition Exception.
I’m not nearly as sanguine about this as Ed was: EXCLUSIVE: Loophole allows terrorist detentions President Obama’s executive order closing CIA “black sites” contains a little-noticed exception that allows the spy agency to continue to operate temporary detention facilities abroad. [snip] Current and former U.S. officials, who spoke on the condition that they aren’t identified because of the sensitivity of the subject, said such temporary | Read More »
Progressives strain out their gnat.
Brennan Withdraws From Consideration for Administration Post Win for them, I guess.