Vol: 95 Issue: 27 Thursday, August 27, 2009
To listen to the mainstream liberal press — not to mention the US government, the CIA and US military are infested by sadistic torturers and Guantanamo Bay is reminiscent of Saddam’s torture chambers.
That’s according to an Inspector General’s report — one that is based primarily on classified secrets. (Or they used to be secrets.)
Well, it was sorta like Saddams’ torture chambers, except there weren’t any implements of torture, nobody got hurt, and the purpose was to prevent innocents from being murdered, rather than protecting a regime.
But except for that, and a few other things, like not using rape as a method of interrogation and not killing anybody’s kids in front of them, it was a lot like Saddam’s torture chambers.
Oh, and nobody had cigarette butts ground out in their skin and stuff like that, but several of the interrogators did use second-hand smoke as a torture weapon. Two of them blew cigar smoke into a detainee’s face. Oh, the humanity!!!
The IG’s office described this smoke-blowing as one of several “unauthorized or undocumented techniques” that it discovered had been used in isolated incidents by CIA employees interrogating high-level al-Qaida terrorists.
For example, Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri was the mastermind of the USS Cole attack that claimed the lives of 17 US sailors on October 12, 2000.
“An Agency (redacted phrase) interrogator admitted that, in December 2002, he and another (redacted phrase) smoked cigars and blew cigar smoke in al-Nashiri’s face during the interrogation,” said the IG report.
The IG, however, was unable to clearly establish that the smoke-blowing was intended to force Nashiri to cough up what he knew about al-Qaida’s plans.
“The interrogator claimed they did this to ‘cover the stench’ in the room and to help keep the interrogators alert late at night,” said the IG report. “This interrogator said he would not do this again based on ‘perceived criticism.’ ”
“Another agency interrogator admitted that he also smoked cigars during two sessions with al-Nashiri to mask the stench in the room. He claimed he did not deliberately force smoke into al-Nashiri’s face.”
Thank goodness! What kind of people are we employing to keep us safe? And just LOOK at what they are willing to do to accomplish that.
Blowing smoke in a guy’s face! Such rudeness is unconscionable!
Remember Khalid Sheik Mohammed? He planned, financed and oversaw the September 11th attacks that killed 2,974 innocent civilians in a matter of two hours on a sunny late-summer morning on the East Coast.
In that attack, hundreds of Americans leaped hundreds of stories to their deaths, choosing the mental terror of free-falling to their deaths over the agony of burning to death.
The IG report says that CIA interrogators told Khalid Sheik Mohammed that if there were any more attacks against America, “they would kill his children.”
“An experienced agency interrogator reported that the (redacted) interrogators threatened Khalid Sheikh Muhammad (redacted),” said the IG report.
“According to this interrogator, the (redacted) interrogators said to Khalid Sheikh Muhammad that if anything else happens in the United States, ‘We’re going to kill your children.’ According to the interrogator, one of the (redacted) interrogators said (redacted).”
There haven’t been any more attacks against America. And nobody killed Khalid Sheik Mohammed’s children, so it is a zero-sum game. So what’s the problem?
If it were up to me, Khalid Sheik Mohammed would have been (redacted) a long time ago. None of these guys were particularly concerned about the suffering they inflicted on the passengers of the four aircraft. Or their childen. Or the thousands who were killed when the planes struck the WTC and Pentagon.
This isn’t a case of revenge. It is a case of self-defense. Most people have already learned this lesson by second grade. If you fight for your lunch money, you might get a fat lip, or you might give the bully a black eye.
If you give up your lunch money to the bully, you’ll be going without lunch for the rest of your grade-school career.
Question: What was the whole Gitmo thing about again? Was it about protecting the bully? Or was it about ending the lunch money extortion racket?
Until the liberals captured the White House, it was about preventing further attacks.
Including plans to “loosen spikes in an attempt to derail a train,” “blow up several gas stations to create panic and havoc,” “hijack and fly an airplane into the tallest building in California in a west coast (sic) version of the World Trade Center attack” and “cut the lines of suspension bridges in New York in an effort to make them collapse,” according to the IG report.
It is time for a reality check. The various interrogators at Guantanamo are NOT members of some criminal enterprise or terrorist group. They are NOT unfeeling, brainwashed religious fanatics seeking the deaths of strangers as a means of making a political point.
They are Americans. They are volunteers. They are men and women who have sworn to put themselves between us that those that would do us harm. They are our children, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, nephews and nieces.
They face an enemy that would kill them with no more remorse than if they were insects. They face an enemy whose hatred of them, (and the folks back home) is so intense, so implacable, that any of them would gladly die if they could kill an American in the process.
It wouldn’t matter if the American were a member of the uniformed services, a CIA spy, a grandmother or a school teacher or a cute little fourth-grader with curly hair and dimples in both cheeks. As long as they died. That’s all that matters to them.
In the eight years since the attacks on September 11, these men and women have managed to prevent al-Qaeda from striking the US. In the eight months since taking office, the Obama administration has done everything possible to disarm and disable the mechanisms that are keeping us safe.
The premature withdrawal from Iraq has given al-Qaeda a green light to reestablish themselves there. The micromanagement of the war in Afghanistan by the civilians in Washington has the commanding general on the ground predicting that the US is facing defeat at the hands of the Taliban.
Now the CIA has been stripped of its lead role in questioning terrorists. AG Eric Holder has appointed a special prosecutor to try and ferret out the ‘bad apples’ who tortured detainees by blowing cigar smoke in their faces.
Not one single detainee has sustained physical injury, according to the IG report. The interrogators are not criminals. They are genuine American heroes.
Still, the Attorney General is planning to prosecute these heroic men and women whose job it is to keep us safe, ostensibly for not being nice to those who want to kill us.
Why in the world would he do that? What is the end game? Under what kind of logic would the Commander in Chief undertake to emasculate the very agencies whose tactics have proven effective in protecting America for eight years?
I keep thinking back to Gerald Celente’s ‘false flag’ scenario.
Celente’s method is proprietary, but in general, Celente’s team analyzes current events and current trends and uses the results of those analyses to produce their forecasts. Celente isn’t a prophet, he is an analyst. But he’s a good one. His record is impeccable.
Celente’s Trends Research Institute has successfully predicted, (among other things): the Crash of 09, the Panic of 08, the Tax revolts, the collapsing dollar, the soaring prices of gold . . . Celente also predicted the Recession of 07 back in 1999 — the same year he predicted the US would go to war with Iraq. And lose.
“Trend Forecast: Before the momentum of the “Second American Revolution” becomes unstoppable, it could be derailed through some false flag event designed to deceive the public, or a genuine event or crisis capable of rallying the entire nation behind the President.
In a worst-case scenario, according to Trends Research Institute Director, Gerald Celente, “Given the pattern of governments to parlay egregious failures into mega-failures, the classic trend they follow, when all else fails, is to take their nation to war.”
Celente’s forecast fits well with the Apostle Paul’s. Celente forecasts where things are headed for the near future. Speaking from the distant past, the Apostle Paul explains why:
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come, For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof . . .” (2nd Timothy 3:1-5)