Rumors Surface That Leon Panetta is Resigning

    I’m hearing a very credible rumor that Leon Panetta has dispatched a resignation letter to Barack Obama on vacation. Panetta is said to be extremely angry about the possible prosecution of CIA officers doing their job and has decided to resign in protest. The rumor is unconfirmed, but given the sourcing I think it is safe to treat it credibly. UPDATED: Spencer Ackerman, cast in | Read More »

    Coercive Techniques, Torture and Mayhem: Situational Ethics 101

    Misleading statements, (empty) threats of physical violence, harassing and disrespectful language, nap deprivation: the CIA is accused of employing these and other ethically troubling techniques in the interrogation of Khalid Sheikh “Bluto” Mohammad and other al Qaeda operatives in the War on Terror the Great Unpleasantness. This being a cruel world, however, we must recognize that there is a time and place for everything. We | Read More »

    The CIA is Not Your Dog. Do Not Wag It.

    How badly has this healthcare plan debate gone for the Obama Amatueristration? So badly that they had to start making noises about arresting Dick Cheney. Well, they haven’t sunk far enough down in the polls to go that far, but they all of a sudden decided that NOW! Was the perfect time to take up the issue of CIA interrogations of suspected terrorists. CNN describes the coming witch-hunt.

    Attorney General Eric Holder has asked federal prosecutor John Durham to examine whether CIA interrogations of suspected terrorists were illegal, the Justice Department announced Monday.

    The move came as senior administration officials said President Obama had OK’d a special interrogation unit to be housed within the FBI, and as a redacted CIA inspector general’s report on interrogation methods was made public for the first time.

    This, of course, is the same Attorney General Eric Holder who previously told us the following.

    ‘It would be unfair to prosecute dedicated men and women working to protect America for conduct that was sanctioned in advance by the Justice Department.” –Attorney General Eric Holder, April 2009 (HT: Wall Street Journal.)

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    POTUS’ One-Star Reading List

    Having reviewed the President’s summer reading list, I’m giving it one out of five stars (okay, maybe 1 1/2) and that’s because I found John Adams by David McCullough a good read. Maybe it’s the constitutionalist in me. Here’s a few I am recommending to our POTUS, what about you? The FairTax Book and it’s companion reader FairTax: The Truth [Answering The Critics] Common Sense | Read More »

    The War on Intelligence

    The ultimate Democrat double entendre, the War on Intelligence is a combat operation liberal politicians, leftist fanatics, apologists and the press can finally get behind!

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    The Obama CIA Smoke Screen For Healthcare Begins

    Barack Obama and his family are experiencing a self imposed press black out while vacationing at Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. He is using this vacation not just as a retreat but as a hiding place from the firestorm that is crashing his popularity from the anger of the American people over health care, government spending and massive deficits created since he took office. In fact those | Read More »

    Panetta vs Holder – I know which one my money is on!

    From the diaries by Erick. The “move on” President has announced he’s ready to “look back”. President Barack Obama has approved creation of a new, special terrorism-era interrogation unit to be supervised by the White House, a top aide said Monday, pushing further distancing his administration from Bush administration detainee policies. The new unit does not mean the CIA is now out of the interrogation | Read More »

    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 »


    Jed Babbin has the top story at Human Events today on the Lockerbie Bomber. If only there were a conspiracy to blame, but there isn’t. It would be comforting, in a perverse way, to discover a home video showing Scottish Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill, CIA Director Leon Panetta and the bosses of Yale University Press smoking cigars and playing cards with Muammar Gaddafi.   But | 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 »

    The AP Lies: On the Economy, Terror, Now Palin

    Dan Calabrese, of North Star Writers, wrote a great piece on the state of The Associated Press. The AP has become a disgrace and a danger to America. They have become a blog for the moron in our White House and are directly to blame for ending what was once the media. He Writes: On The Economy If you read any AP story about the | Read More »

    Silvestre Reyes, A Profile in Mendacity

    Now we’re entering the second week of the contretemps over whether or not the CIA wrongfully concealed a program from the Congress. What began as a slanging match between the CIA and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) now has the CIA teetering on the brink of open warfare with its long time allies, Congressional Democrats. The genesis of this was a baldfaced attempt by Pelosi’s | Read More »

    On the “Cheney Didn’t Tell Us” Lie

    I’m on record that this story is a distraction designed to take the heat off Nancy Pelosi lying about and smearing the CIA. It is also a distraction for conservatives who tend to focus on national security issues instead of things like socialized healthcare. Nonetheless, while Democrats are screaming that evil Dick Cheney did not tell them about a CIA program, the former Director of | Read More »

    Democrats: Place politics above national security

    Do you think the current slates of Congressional leaders are out of control?  If you think so, then look no further than House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s accusations that the CIA has been lying to Congress.  The big question is which Democrat is lying, Pelosi or CIA Director Leon Panetta or the Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee.  Let’s review the history, first most Democrats have | Read More »

    (More)Democrat weirdness in the House Intelligence Committee

    Here’s more dust in your eyes Maybe it’s not dust in the eyes, but spaghetti against the wall hoping something believable will stick. First House Intelligence Committee Chairman Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, said the CIA outright lied in one case. “These notifications have led me to conclude that this committee has been misled, has not been provided full and complete notifications, and (in at least one | Read More »