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Obama helping terrorists avoid interrogation?

By Jim Kouri
web posted April 27, 2009

A source within the Central Intelligence Agency says that a May 30, 2005 US Department of Justice report corroborates the fact that the use of aggressive interrogation techniques on al-Qaida's Khalid Sheik Mohammed "encouraged" him to reveal useful intelligence that allowed US law enforcement to derail an attack on Los Angeles.

Part of the interrogation consisted of the technique known as waterboarding, which is considered very unpleasant but a far cry from torture -- techniques that may lead to the death or the maiming of a suspect.

Prior to being waterboarded, Sheik Mohamed was questioned regarding further terrorist attacks on the United States and, according to the CIA source, he replied, "You will know, soon enough."

According to the previously classified DOJ memorandum that was released by President Barack Obama last week, the thwarted attack -- which Khalid referred to as the "Second Wave"-- planned "to use East Asian operatives to crash a hijacked airliner into" a building in Los Angeles."

It's been widely reported that Khalid Sheik Mohammed was the mastermind of the first first attacks on the United States, which destroyed the World Trade Center in New York and part of the Pentagon in Northern Virginia on September 11, 2001.

After the terrorist leader was captured, he was far from being cooperative with CIA investigators. Khalid and his Jihadist comrades, Zubaydah and Nashiri , were the only persons ever subjected to waterboarding by the CIA, according to the source who requested anonymity. However, some terrorist detainees were subjected to other interrogation "tools" such as sleep deprivation, temporary confinement to small spaces, slapping with an open hand, and food deprivation.

After he was subjected to intense waterboarding, Sheik Khalid became very helpful by providing verifiable information that led law enforcement nabbing al-Qaida terrorists and associates. Khalid's information also aided law enforcement in busting the East Asian terrorists were planning to launch a 9-11 type attack in Los Angeles, California.

During this war on terrorism, the definition of torture has become so convoluted that Americans are confused as to what is acceptable and what is not in a time of global war. It's understandable why liberals believe aggressive interrogation is something to be avoided at all costs: they still believe that we should employ a law enforcement model to combat terrorism. Treating terrorists as we do auto thieves and robbers is their obvious goal.

While the people really fighting the war on terrorism never even mention the word "torture," the mainstream media are keeping it on the frontpages of newspapers, on the covers of newsmagazines and as lead stories on news broadcasts.

To be sure, no one is condoning the use of torture. The original interpretation of torture was extreme measures that could cause death or serious injury to a suspect. No reasonable person would condone such conduct. But now torture includes humiliating a suspect, loud noises such as blasting heavy metal music, sleep deprivation or having suspects stand in uncomfortable positions for long periods of time. The liberal reaction to the treatment of terrorists should be juxtaposed with US government treatment of American citizens during the administration of their hero, President Bill Clinton.

In the early 1990's a religious sect -- Branch Davidian -- whose leader was a charismatic, sociopath who conned his followers into believing he was a modern day Messiah, created a compound in Waco, Texas. As a result of their self-imposed exile they became self-sufficient and desired only one thing from society: to be left alone.

In order to protect themselves and their property, they maintained an arsenal within their compound which greatly distressed the federal government including Attorney General Janet Reno. In order to rationalize what was to come, there were phony allegations of child abuse and sexual assault leveled at the inhabitants of the Branch Davidian compound. The Reno Justice Department leaked phony stories about Branch Davidians buying semi-automatic firearms -- which is legal in Texas -- and turning them into fully automatic "assault weapons."

At the same time that Reno and her minions in the Justice Department -- including current Attorney General Jeffrey Holder -- were prohibiting federal law enforcement from taking action against suspected terrorists and their sympathizers, they were planning a quasi-military operation to disarm and arrest members of Branch Davidian.

The rest is common knowledge. The extreme measures used against American citizens (including sleep deprivation, blasting loud music and noise, etc.) went unchallenged by the news media of the day. When the compound was attacked using military tactics and excessive deadly force that resulted in the death dozens of men, women and children, and with the compound engulfed by flames, there was absolutely no condemnation of Bill Clinton or Janet Reno. Even some conservatives appeared to condone such horror being inflicted on their fellow citizens.

Apparently, in American if you're a Democrat politician you can escape punishment for even the most unconscionable behavior. ESR

Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a staff writer for the New Media Alliance (thenma.org).  In addition, he's the blog editor for the House Conservatives Fund's weblog.  Recently, the editors Examiner.com appointed him as their Law Enforcement Examiner. Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations.  He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country.   Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer for NewswithViews.com and PHXnews.com.  He's also a columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com.   He's appeared as on-air commentator for over 300 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc.  His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com. Kouri's own website is located at http://jimkouri.us


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