WASHINGTON — Even the most exacting truth commission may have a hard time determining for certain whether brutal interrogations conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency helped keep the country safe.The author of this NY Times pieces is Scott Shane. Scott's expertise, it would appear, is the promotion of the Leftist talking points (sometimes before the Democrats make a move, most of the time after an act took place). He is consequently one of the Democrat Party's goto guys when they need to move something to the public. Some of his history in that regard is right HERE.
Last week’s release of long-secret Justice Department interrogation memorandums has given rise to starkly opposing narratives about what, if anything, was gained by the C.I.A.’s use of waterboarding, wall-slamming and other physical pressure to shock and intimidate Qaeda operatives.
This particular mess is a bit more difficult to clean up, but it is obvious what the talking points and strategy will be (is). To refresh your memory, Axelrod came right out and said that the country is as safe as it ever was while his boss was releasing cherry picked CIA memos divulging the process and protocol on securing information from TERRORISTS. Vice President Cheney stated that if Obama is going to sell us down the river, he should release all the memos so that the American public could see how these "Fraternity prank" techniques produced results, and kept us safe.
Scott Shane is trying to lay the groundwork that these techniques provided nothing of importance... However, Obama had gone too far and stated this:
“high value information came from interrogations in which these methods were used,”
Republicans need to jump on this issue and force it all into the open, as the portion released to date by the current Administration already compromises the process. Nothing more could be damaged.
And then...a spine develops in the Republican party (via Gateway Pundit):
Today Rep. Peter Hoekstra at The Wall Street Journal called for a complete investigation of damage done to national security by President Obama by leaking these CIA memos:The simple fact of the matter is, that should there be an attack on US soil in the near future, before the Democrats can use their water carriers in the press to neutralize the damage done by releasing these memos and leaving us bare...they have big problems. There is no way around the fact that President Obama is way out of his league.