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 »
Democrats Tape CIA Note on Refrigerator
Have you read this letter? It’s absolutely comical, not even written on real letterhead or even deemed valid by those who signed it. Slipped up under the door of staffers two weeks after the fact it might as well have been left taped to the congressional refrigerator… a note, not an official communication. It’s a ridiculous sham, Republicans not privy to the (D) break room | Read More »
Who Is Misleading Who?
Since the birth of our nation over 220 years ago, the principle of civilian government oversight of our armed services and intelligence agencies has been the backbone of our national defense. For example, the Joint Chiefs of Staff report to a civilian: the Secretary of Defense. In addition, each branch of Congress has a Select Committee on Intelligence. American intelligence agencies are required to report | Read More »
There’s something wrong here.
On May 14th, 2009, Nancy Pelosi accused the CIA of lying to her and “misleading the Congress of the United States” on the issue of whether or not waterboarding was used, and when. In fact, she even went as far as to say that they “mislead us all the time.” Cue media firestorm. Even The Huffington Post ran a rather lengthy article stating at one | 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 »
Specter panders to Pelosi
New(?) democrat, Arlen Specter, came to house speaker Nancy Pelosi’s defense in an address given to the American Law Institute today. Specter questioned the CIA’s honesty and lauded Pelosi for being “reliable and very able”. From TheHill dot com: “The CIA has a very bad record when it comes to — I was about to say ‘candid'; that’s too mild — to honesty,” Specter, a | Read More »