Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Blair & Obama, Hypocrites and Prevaricators of the Highest Order

From the New York Times:
President Obama's national intelligence director told colleagues in a private memo last week that the harsh interrogation techniques banned by the White House did produce significant information that helped the nation in its struggle with terrorists.

“High value information came from interrogations in which those methods were used and provided a deeper understanding of the al Qa’ida organization that was attacking this country,” Adm. Dennis C. Blair, the intelligence director, wrote in a memo to his staff last Thursday. Also deleted was a line in which he empathized with his predecessors who originally approved some of the harsh tactics after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

"...I do not fault those who made the decisions at that time, and I will absolutely defend those who carried out the interrogations within the orders they were given.”

Admiral Blair sent his memo on the same day the administration publicly released secret Bush administration legal memos authorizing the use of interrogation methods that the Obama White House has deemed to be illegal torture... Admiral Blair’s assessment that the interrogation methods did produce important information was deleted from a condensed version of his memo released to the media last Thursday...
So why was this information deleted from the memo before it was released to the press? Well, obviously, the Obama administration didn't want this information released to the media.

However, Admiral Blair, being the loyal Obama chrony that he is, wasn't about to betray his boss anytime soon:
A spokeswoman for Admiral Blair said the lines were cut in the normal editing process of shortening an internal memo into a media statement emphasizing his concern that the public understand the context of the decisions made in the past...

"The information gained from these techniques was valuable in some instances, but there is no way of knowing whether the same information could have been obtained through other means,” Admiral Blair said in a written statement issued last night. “The bottom line is these techniques have hurt our image around the world, the damage they have done to our interests far outweighed whatever benefit they gave us and they are not essential to our national security."
WHAT?!!! Let's read that last line one more time!

"The damage they have done to our interests far outweighed whatever benefit they gave us and they are not essential to our national security."

WOW! The audacity of these people to lie to the American people like that!

Here's an excerpt from the CNS article I posted earlier today, which clearly illustrates what kind of liars these people really are:
The Central Intelligence Agency told CNSNews.com today that it stands by the assertion made in a May 30, 2005 Justice Department memo that the use of “enhanced techniques” of interrogation on al Qaeda leader Khalid Sheik Mohammed (KSM) -- including the use of waterboarding -- caused KSM to reveal information that allowed the U.S. government to thwart a planned attack on Los Angeles...

After KSM was captured by the United States, he was not initially cooperative with CIA interrogators...

Indeed, before the CIA used enhanced techniques in its interrogation of KSM, KSM resisted giving any answers to questions about future attacks, simply noting, ‘Soon you will know.’”... After he was subjected to the “waterboard” technique, KSM became cooperative, providing intelligence that led to the capture of key al Qaeda allies and, eventually, the closing down of an East Asian terrorist cell that had been tasked with carrying out the 9/11-style attack on Los Angeles...
And as I wrote earlier today: "Had Obama been president in 2003 and instituted his new guidelines for CIA interrogations, thousands of additional Americans would have likely been killed in another 9/11 style attack..."

Admiral Blair and President Obama, would you please stop lying! Enough is enough already!

And, Admiral Blair: If you really empathize with your predecessors like you claim, then why are you contradicting their own statements on the matter [as quoted in the CNS article], statements which clearly indicate that these harsh interrogations saved thousands of lives? Hmmm?

And, another thing, Adm. Blair. before you start pointing fingers at the very people who kept this country safe, perhaps you could explain the following news item to me, dated Jan 22, 2009:
On the eve of his Senate confirmation hearing, new information has emerged showing that Adm. Dennis Blair -- President Obama's nominee for US Director of National Intelligence -- lied about his knowledge of a terrorist massacre that occured before a pivotal meeting in which Blair offered support and US aid to the commander of the massacre forces.

The massacre took place at the Liquica Catholic church in Indonesian-occupied East Timor two days before Blair met face-to-face with the Indonesian armed forces commander, Gen. Wiranto (the massacre occurred on April 6, 1999; Blair and Wiranto met April 8).

A classified US cable shows that rather than telling Wiranto to stop the killing, Blair invited Wiranto to be his guest in Hawaii, offered him new US military aid, and told the Indonesian general that he was "working hard" on his behalf, lobbying the US government to restore US military training aid for Indonesia. (That training had been cut off by Congress after the 1991 Dili, Timor massacre...)

Blair's support at that crucial April 8 meeting buoyed Wiranto, and his forces increased the Timor killings, which came to include new attacks on churches and clergy, mass arsons, and political rapes...

Since I disclosed the contents of that Blair-Wiranto meeting in a report filed in 1999..., Blair has defended himself by claiming that he went into the meeting with Wiranto not yet knowing of the Liquica massacre.

The Associated Press reported this month, in a January 9 dispatch: "Blair has said he only learned of the massacre a few days after the meeting."...

But now, contemporaneous records have emerged -- from the US Embassy in Jakarta, and from the Catholic Church -- showing that the massacre was publicly described by Timor's Bishop one day before the Blair-Wiranto meeting, and that while Blair was in Jakarta preparing for the meeting, US officials who were there with him were discussing the massacre in graphic detail...

One written message from a US official even noted: "In the face of the scores of horrible slash wounds at Liquica, there are no surgeons to treat them." The US official was referring to the fact that, as had been disclosed at the Timor Bishop's April 7 press conference, dozens of refugees sheltering in the church had been hacked to death with machetes, but as Blair and Wiranto prepared to meet, some of those slashed were still alive.

Another Jakarta dispatch by senior US personnel written prior to the Blair-Wiranto sitdown refers explicitly to Blair's presence, to his impending meeting with Wiranto, and, crucially, to the detail and rough death toll of the already-known Liquica massacre."[W]e have the CINCPAC here today (Command[e]r in Chief of the Pacific]," the message said, referring to Blair by title; and it stated, in regard to what Wiranto's men had done: "Now we may have 40 people -- who were cowering in a church -- dead."...
Read in full.

Considering all of the crimes against humanity perpetrated by you, Mr. Blair, how do you and your Commander in Chief [the person who appointed you as his intelligence director] have the nerve to criticize the harsh interrogations of terrorists - terrorists, who murdered 3000 Americans?!!!

And what about you, President Obama? Where do you get the moral authority to criticize the Bush administration's interrogation techniques when you appoint this cold and heartless fiend to be your intelligence director? Hmmm?

Just asking.

But I know the answer already.......

Also read "ETAN opposes Adm. Blair as Director of National Intelligence"

P.S. I plan on referencing this last news item over and over again, for it truly sheds light on the true nature of our president.

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