Obama once dressed as
Somali elder. Now he has
to kill Somali
believes that many liberals don't just want to defeat conservatives
at the polls, they want to send them to jail. Toward that end, they have
sometimes tried to criminalize what are essentially policy differences. Obama hinted at another step in that direction when he said
today that he is open to the idea of bringing criminal charges against
the Justice Department lawyers who wrote opinions to the effect that waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods could legally be
used on al Qaeda detainees. Obama said the question was a complicated
one, and the decision will ultimately be made by Attorney General Eric
The idea of prosecuting a lawyer because he or she wrote a legal
analysis with which the current Attorney General disagrees is so
outrageous that I can't believe it would be seriously considered. Still,
Obama and his party may achieve another objective by publicly
making this kind of threat: deterring Republicans from serving in public
life. For many Republicans considering whether to accept an appointment
to government office, the prospect that they may be subjected to
criminal prosecution if the next administration is Democratic could well
tip the balance in favor of remaining in private life.
Obama Acts Weak
Vice President Dick Cheney slammed Obama for what he described as a
disturbing tendency to criticize America abroad and embrace avowed
enemies like Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez while not praising the nation’s
success in the war against terrorism.
As an example, Cheney
revealed that he had pressed for the release of documents that would
show how the Bush administration’s allegedly harsh interrogation
techniques had thwarted major terrorist attacks. Instead, Obama only ordered the release of memos detailing the
controversial techniques, not the results.
Cheney said, "What I
find disturbing is the extent to which he has gone to Europe, for
example, and seemed to apologize profusely in Europe, and then to
Mexico, and apologize there, and so forth."
"And I think you have
to be very careful. The world outside there, both our friends and
our foes, will be quick to take advantage of a situation if they think
they're dealing with a weak president or one who is not going to stand
up and aggressively defend America's interests."
States provides most of the leadership in the world… I don’t think
we have much to apologize for."
Cheney also said that:
release of CIA memos detailing interrogation techniques was a "little
bit disturbing" because the administration hadn’t released documents
detailing how those techniques were successful in thwarting terrorism.
• the Bush administration’s policy of ignoring Chavez and other
leftist leaders like Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua was more effective than
embracing a dialogue with them. That only serves to validate their
anti-democratic tendencies at home.
Obama’s habit of traveling
abroad -- to Europe and Mexico -- and apologizing "profusely" for American
actions signal weakness to friends and foes alike.
the previous administration is nothing new, and is to be expected from a
new president. "We did it. I'm sure the Obama administration
is not the first one ever to do that."
here and the
. . .
Obama Denies Facts Wants His Own Reality
House lawyers are refusing to accept the findings of an inter-agency
committee that the Uighur Chinese Muslims held at Guantanamo Bay are too
dangerous to release inside the U.S., according to Pentagon sources
familiar with the action.
This action -- coupled with the release
of previously top secret legal opinions on harsh interrogation methods
-- demonstrates the Obama administration’s willingness to ignore
Obama’s decision to close the terrorist detention
facility (known as "Gitmo" to the military) was made despite Bush
administration determinations that there were no realistic alternatives
Gitmo holds three classes of terrorist detainees: first,
those that are held for prosecution of terrorist acts such as Khalid
Sheik Muhammed; second, those who cannot be prosecuted and will be
released or transferred to another country for trial or incarceration;
and third, those who cannot be prosecuted (because the information
against them is intelligence information inadmissible in court) but who
pose such a danger that they cannot be released.
category encompasses a large number of the Gitmo detainees. The Supreme
Court has held -- in the Hamdan decision -- that "administrative
detention" is permissible in time of war.
After Obama’s promise
to close Gitmo, the White House ordered an inter-agency review of the
status of all the detainees, apparently believing that many of those
held would be quickly determined releasable. The committee -- comprised
of all the national security agencies -- was tasked to start with what
the Obama administration believed to be the easiest case: that of the
seventeen Uighurs, Chinese Muslims who were captured at an al-Queda
The Uighurs sued for release under the Supreme
Court’s Boumediene decision, which gave Gitmo prisoners the
Constitutional right to habeas corpus. Last October, a federal court
ordered their release into the United States, but an appeals court
overturned the decision, saying the right to make that determination
rested entirely with the president. Since then, Attorney General Eric
Holder has said that some of the Gitmo inmates may be released into the
That, apparently, is what the White House plans
for the Uighurs and others.
Reviewing the Uighurs detention, the
inter-agency panel found that they weren’t the ignorant, innocent
goatherds Obama said they were. The committee determined
they were too dangerous to release because they were members of the ETIM
terrorist group, the "East Turkistan Islamic Movement," and because
their presence at the al-Queda training camp was no accident.
There is presently no ETIM terrorist cell in the United States: there will be one if
these Uighurs are released into the United States.
Defense Department sources, the White House legal office has told the
inter-agency review group to forget the facts of the matter, and re-do their findings to come up with the
opposite answer -- the one that suits Obama's own reality.
More on this insanity
here . . .
In Chief Smooth
Talks The CIA
|Obama made his first visit to the Central Intelligence Agency on
Monday in an attempt to calm an uproar among America's spies over his
release of secret memos about interrogation techniques.
speech, the Apologizer-in-Chief lamented, "Don't be discouraged by
what's happened the last few weeks. Don't be discouraged that we have to
acknowledge potentially we have made some mistakes -- that's how we
"So I want to make a point that...I understand that it's
hard when you are asked to protect the American people against people
who have no scruples and would willingly and gladly kill innocents."
Leon Panetta, Obama's CIA chief, and four most recent former
heads of the spy agency had all implored him not to release the memos,
all of them said that doing so would damage national security and
demoralize CIA operatives.
Obama described the methods as part
of a "dark and painful chapter in our history" and Rahm Emanuel, his
chief of staff, defended the decision to publicise them, stating that it
had "enhanced America's image abroad" and deprived al-Qaeda of
"propaganda tools". (... )
Gary Berntsen, a former CIA officer who led the agency's
paramilitary team that searched for Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan, said
his former colleagues were "horrified" by Obama's actions.
you make this public you define for al-Qaeda the limits of the playbook
we would use against them. This allows them to prepare themselves."
"Part of the problem is that this administration can't control
themselves in terms of continuing to throw mud at their predecessors.
The decision seemed to be political."
The release of the
documents and the outlawing of the techniques, he suggested, could come
to haunt Obama. "What do you do when you capture a terrorist who has a
bio-weapon or fissile material if you have a standard that won't allow
for anything at all? What he's done is close down his room for
Michael Hayden, who retired in January as CIA chief, told Fox
News: "What we have described for our enemies, in the midst of a war,
are the outer limits that any American would ever go to in terms of
interrogating an al-Qaeda terrorist. That's very valuable information."
He argued that Obama's actions -- lauded by civil liberties
groups -- put interrogators in the "horrible position" of fearing
prosecution even if they'd been told by the White House that the methods
they'd been instructed to use were legal.
Hayden, a former
Air Force general appointed by President Bush, well regarded within the CIA,
and viewed as a non-partisan intelligence professional, added that the
methods were effective.
"Most of the people who oppose these
techniques want to be able to say, 'I don't want my nation doing this
... and they didn't work anyway.' That back half of the sentence isn't
true," he said.
"The use of these techniques against these
terrorists really did make us safer, it really did work," he said.
Al Qaeda No. 2 Unimpressed
||Obama can apologize
till the cows come home, but he has failed to lift America's
status in the Muslim and Arab world, and his election is seen as a victory for Al-Qaeda,
according to a new
audio message allegedly from the terror network's
second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri. The video was posted on key
jihadist websites on Monday.
"In our view, America is still the
country that kills Muslims in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine. It is the
country that steals our assets and occupies our lands, and which props
up thieving and corrupt Arab regimes.
"The Islamic nation has
opted to revive Islam and refuses to give in to oppression. Killing or
capturing people casts the US in an even worse light. The US airstrikes
in Pakistan pour oil on the flames and will lead to further defeats for
that country," al-Zawahiri says.
Obama's election was actually a
political triumph for Al-Qaeda and the result of US defeat in Iraq, the
"Obama's victory is nothing more than the
recognition by the American people that Bush's policies had failed, and
that the administration was lying when it claimed to have defeated the
mujadeen (holy warriors)," al-Zawahiri says.
Obama's Youth Indoctrination Program
AmeriCorps program will
triple in size over the next eight years, and tens of thousands of
other Americans will soon see new opportunities to "volunteer."
It's all part of a $5.7 billion national service bill Obama is
scheduled to sign Tuesday to foster and fulfill people's desire to make
a difference, such as by mentoring children, cleaning up parks or
building and weatherizing homes for the poor.
voluntary public service programs has been a priority of Obama,
who credits his work as a community organizer in his early 20s
for giving him direction in life.
The White House said Monday
that Obama "will call on people across the country to serve their
communities and work together to tackle the nation's tough challenges."
legislation provides for gradually increasing the size of AmeriCorps to
250,000 enrollees from its current 75,000. It outlines five broad
categories where people can direct their service: helping the poor,
improving education, encouraging energy
efficiency, strengthening access to health care and
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