05 Jun 2009

House Intelligence Subcommittee Hearing Yesterday Confirms Enhanced Interrogation Saved Lives

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And, my, oh my, the democrats did not like that, and they don’t want you to hear about it.

The Hill reports on democrat efforts to stonewall and obfuscate.

In the bowels of the Capitol Visitor Center, members of the (House Intelligence Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations) gathered behind locked doors on Thursday morning to begin a series of hearings on the interrogation of terrorism suspects.

What began as a remarkably quiet and secretive hearing had, within a matter of hours, exploded into a political brawl over intelligence matters and national security.

Despite the weeks-long furor over how the Central Intelligence Agency came to use enhanced interrogation techniques, and what members of Congress were told about their development and implementation, the committee’s first hearing on the issue during the 111th Congress almost came and went without notice. The hearing was announced publicly but was not open to the public.

According to Republicans, that was by design.

“Democrats weren’t sure what they were going to get,” said Rep. Pete Hoekstra (Mich.), ranking Republican on the Intelligence panel, referring to information on the merits of enhanced interrogation techniques. “Now that they know what they’ve got, they don’t want to talk about it.”

The hearing was publicly described only as a subcommittee hearing on “Interrogations.” A committee spokeswoman would not comment on whether the development and use of controversial interrogation tactics were discussed.

But Republicans on the panel said that not only did the use of interrogation techniques come up Thursday, but that the data shared about those techniques proved they had led to valuable information that in some instances prevented terrorist attacks.

Hoekstra did not attend the hearing, but said he later spoke with Republicans on the subcommittee who did. He said he came away with even more proof that the enhanced interrogation techniques employed by the CIA proved effective.

“I think the people who were at the hearing, in my opinion, clearly indicated that the enhanced interrogation techniques worked,” Hoekstra said.

Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.), a member of the subcommittee who attended the hearing, concurred with Hoekstra.

“The hearing did address the enhanced interrogation techniques that have been much in the news lately,” Kline said, noting that he was intentionally choosing his words carefully in observance of the committee rules and the nature of the information presented.

“Based on what I heard and the documents I have seen, I came away with a very clear impression that we did gather information that did disrupt terrorist plots,” Kline said.

Neither Hoekstra nor Kline revealed details about the specifics of what they were told Thursday or the identity of the briefers.

Democrats lambasted their Republican counterparts for discussing the information that was provided behind locked doors.

“I am absolutely shocked that members of the Intelligence committee who attended a closed-door hearing… then walked out that hearing – early, by the way – and characterized anything that happened in that hearing,” said Intelligence Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chairwoman Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.). “My understanding is that’s a violation of the rules. It may be more than that.”

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Silvestre Reyes (D-Texas) said, “Members on both sides need to watch what they say.”

Both Schakowsky and Reyes accused GOP members of playing politics with national security.

“I think they are playing a very dangerous game when it comes to the discussion of matters that were sensitive enough to be part of a closed hearing,” Schakowsky said.

Asked about the validity of Republican contentions that information shared in Thursday’s hearing showed the effectiveness of enhanced interrogation techniques, Schakowsky said she could not comment on what was discussed at a closed hearing.

Reyes responded by saying he did not attend the entire hearing.

“I wasn’t at the whole hearing,” Reyes said. “As the chairman my view is we need to get the facts about how the enhanced interrogation techniques came about, not just the results.”

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Thalpy

Republicans are actually developing appendages? Cojones? What a development! I thought that Mrs. Pelosi was going to have her way with her truth forever. The sooner Americans recognize the trash that represents the Leftist Democrat party in the United States, the sooner we can begin to recover what we have lost.

The June 4th Mailonline piece by David Williams and Arthur Martin reported that Edwin Dyer, the Briton abducted by Al Qaeda in Niger, has been beheaded. A radio broadcast that morning reported that no waterboarding was involved, however. Democrats should be pleased.



Gary

A country which has publicity in place of real politics is destined to not make much headway in the world.The American power in the world was a brief moment. It was because it had and never had any real decent manifesto.American people have no idea of the traditions of politics and if you don’t you are dummy do.not in front of the TV saying “Hey I like this guy”.You like him cos he wears a blue tie or shit like that.



Maggie's Farm

Sunday links…

The man who cried "Doom" – James Hansen. Also, Freeman Dyson takes on the climate establishment
Related: Scientists line up in DC to combat alarmism:

…the fiery madness is fueled by a number of complicit and self-serving groups….



RationalThought

Hey “Gary” – I’d be careful about who you are calling “dummy”. By your semi-literate comment, I’d judge you to be an imbecile.

Now, to comment on the article above. Its clear that the Dems don’t want the effectiveness of “enhanced interrogation techniques” to become public knowledge, because:

1) it would prove that the techniques were effective on un-lawful cohabitants in obtaining info preventing more depraved terror attacks (which is actually a task of the Federal government, as opposed to running car companies)

2) that Islamofascists are still at war with the non-Islamic world, disproving the naïve and juvenile belief that the US is the aggressor in this WW III battle. (notice how once he got the security briefings, even an avowed leftist like Obama begrudgingly sees the necessity of maintaining Bush era policies, reversing his naïve campaign promises even though it alienates his far-left constituency)

3) if the info proves the above true, then Bush was basically right, which would pretty much destroy the leftists’ world view and the Democrat platform – and they could NEVER admit they are wrong (despite historical fact and empirical observation proving them wrong time and time again).



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