With regard to the ongoing debate over possible prosecution of Bush administration officials involved in the enhanced interrogation of terrorists by the Central Intelligence Agency, one Republican congressman’s statements have cut through the political couching seen on both sides of the aisle.
That congressman is New York Republican Peter King who, according to Politico, stated that the GOP would need to adopt a “scorched-earth” procedural approach and grind all congressional activity to a halt if the Obama administration kow-tows to the far left and brings charges against those who either authorized or carried out waterboarding and other techniques used to gather information from noncompliant terrorist detainees. He went on from there:
“If we have another 2,000 people killed, I want Nancy Pelosi and [liberal philanthropist] George Soros, John Conyers and Pat Leahy to go to the funeral and say, ‘Your son was vaporized because we didn’t want to dump some guy’s head under water for 30 seconds.’”
Thank you. My goodness, thank you.
When–not if–we have another jawdropping morning when Americans from coast to coast stare in disbelief at their television screens as images of death and horror are broadcast, the Democrats will be very much to blame.
Once again, Democrats are putting party before country, now even worse than during the height of the Iraq war when Nancy Pelosi attempted to drum up hundred-year-old controversy about the Turkish slaughter of Armenians in the early 20th century. At a time designed to undermine our efforts in Iraq simply for political reasons, Pelosi dusted off a decades-old procedural measure officially recognizing the slaughter as “genocide.” The Turks were outraged, and threatened to pull overflight and base privileges for our military, both crucial to supply lines needed by American troops in harm’s way in Iraq.
This time, Democrats are intentionally undermining efforts taken to keep this country safe from radical Islamic terrorists, measures which clearly have worked. This time, just like last, they’re doing it for purely political reasons. This time, however, mark my words — it will result in the spilled blood of innocent American men, women and children.
Even the Democrats’ intent to consider criminalizing intelligence gathering measures, coupled with the White House’s habit of changing rules of engagement overnight, will be enough to destroy morale and erode the confidence of those on the front lines of the intelligence wing of the Global War on Terror. Who, in their right mind, would want to follow orders today knowing that, tomorrow, Nancy Pelosi and her ilk will stand up, argue that they never knew anything about anything, and call for a show trial?
When terrorists kill innocent Americans on American soil–and they will, because people willing to strap bombs to children don’t seem to care about whether we suddenly criminalize the face-slapping of their murderous cohorts–it will be up to each and every one of us to demand that Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama and the rest of those Democrats more interested in party politics than national security stand up, look into the eyes of the families who lost mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters, and explain to them that no, they wouldn’t do everything possible to protect America, that no, they wouldn’t make heartless killers uncomfortable, even if it would have saved their families.
Nancy Pelosi, April 23, 2009:
“In that or any other briefing…we were not, and I repeat, we’re not told that waterboarding or any of these other enhanced interrogation techniques were used”
In September 2002, four members of Congress met in secret for a first look at a unique CIA program designed to wring vital information from reticent terrorism suspects in U.S. custody. For more than an hour, the bipartisan group, which included current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was given a virtual tour of the CIA’s overseas detention sites and the harsh techniques interrogators had devised to try to make their prisoners talk.
Among the techniques described, said two officials present, was waterboarding, a practice that years later would be condemned as torture by Democrats and some Republicans on Capitol Hill. But on that day, no objections were raised. Instead, at least two lawmakers in the room asked the CIA to push harder, two U.S. officials said.
“The briefer was specifically asked if the methods were tough enough,” said a U.S. official who witnessed the exchange.