On matters of terrorism, interrogation and intelligence, the White House refuses to tell the entire story
Given the nature of what we’re about to hear from former Vice President Dick Cheney, I cannot help but wonder whether the White House learned its agenda-setting tactics from The New York Times, or vice versa.
Just as the Times refused, during the months leading up to last year’s presidential election, an Iraq-related opinion piece authored by Arizona Sen. John McCain even though it had just run a commentary by Barack Obama, the White House appears to be picking and choosing what it releases to the public with regard to the Overseas Contingency Operation, known outside of fantasyland as the Global War on Terror.
From a Drudge Report flash:
Cheney Calls for Legal Memos to be Declassified
Mon Apr 20 2009 16:20:53 ET
In a two part interview airing tonight and tomorrow night on FOX News Channel’s Hannity (9-10PM ET), former Vice President Dick Cheney shared his thoughts on the CIA memos that were recently declassified and also revealed his request to the CIA to declassify additional memos that confirm the success of the Bush administration’s interrogation tactics:
“One of the things that I find a little bit disturbing about this recent disclosure is they put out the legal memos, the memos that the CIA got from the Office of Legal Counsel, but they didn’t put out the memos that showed the success of the effort. And there are reports that show specifically what we gained as a result of this activity. They have not been declassified.”
“I formally asked that they be declassified now. I haven’t announced this up until now, I haven’t talked about it, but I know specifically of reports that I read, that I saw that lay out what we learned through the interrogation process and what the consequences were for the country.”
“And I’ve now formally asked the CIA to take steps to declassify those memos so we can lay them out there and the American people have a chance to see what we obtained and what we learned and how good the intelligence was, as well as to see this debate over the legal opinions.”
Just as the Democrats want to do with the Fairness Doctrine, just as the Democrats want to do by labeling as “rightwing extremists” rational, concerned Americans like you and me, when it comes to matters of enhanced interrogation, terrorism and national security, they are afraid of what might happen if everyday Americans by and large hear both sides of the story.
It’s easy to dismiss enhanced interrogation techniques as being over-the-top if you believe the argument that such actions never produce good intelligence. By declassifying some memos but not others, the Obama administration are playing with the American public, trying to shape public opinion by purposefully concealing material facts. In other words, Barack Obama is governing through fraud.
These agenda-setting efforts undertaken by the White House haven’t been done to simply push through a tax increase, or undercut the effectiveness of certain immigration laws. This is a national security issue. These are American lives at stake. Bowing down to the King of Saud is one thing, handcuffing our own intelligence services are another.
I just hope somebody out there is taking notes; that way, when the TV movie is made ten years down the road in the wake of the next terrorist attack on America, we’ll remember exactly what was done to allow it to happen.