I held a security clearance for 15+ years and the Washington Post's Dana Priest seems to have read more classified documents than I ever did. She is a one woman wrecking crew doing her level best to eviscerate our ability to conduct covert operations. The anti-W wing at CIA has used her as the tool they needed to ensure that no tactics that wouldn't be appropriate in Elementary School are used against the mass-murdering jihadis.
The effort President Bush authorized shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, to fight al Qaeda has grown into the largest CIA covert action program since the height of the Cold War, expanding in size and ambition despite a growing outcry at home and abroad over its clandestine tactics, according to former and current intelligence officials and congressional and administration sources.
The only outcry heard anywhere is the caterwauling by the media and the usual suspects on the far left. The rest of America thinks spying on people who destroy skyscrapers is wise.
"The broad-based effort, known within the agency by the initials GST, is compartmentalized into dozens of highly classified individual programs, details of which are known mainly to those directly involved."
Apparently far too many of these details are known to a WaPo reporter perfectly willing to sacrifice our collective security to salve her conscience, and maybe catch some glory too...eh?
"The administration's decisions to rely on a small circle of lawyers for legal interpretations that justify the CIA's covert programs and not to consult widely with Congress on them have also helped insulate the efforts from the growing furor, said several sources who have been involved."
Because whenever I'm planning a covert operation, the hyper-secure leak-proof US Congress is the first place I think of. Perhaps if we had some of the meetings on C-Span that would make Ms. Priest feel better.
"For example, after The Washington Post disclosed the existence of secret prisons in several Eastern European democracies, the CIA closed them down because of an uproar in Europe. But the detainees were moved elsewhere to similar CIA prisons, referred to as "black sites" in classified documents."
Since you ratted us out and in doing so soured our relations with several allies, we are scrambling to make sure the most evil rat bastards on earth have a safe and secluded hole to fester in once we have cleansed their minds of anything useful. Which brings us back to another fave of the "Intel is Icky" crowd Coercive Interrogation (CI).
"The authorized techniques include "waterboarding" and "water dousing," both meant to make prisoners think they are drowning; hard slapping; isolation; sleep deprivation; liquid diets; and stress positions -- often used, intelligence officials say, in combination to enhance the effect."
The debate has been terribly blurred by the inaccurate characterization of CI as torture. The need for headlines screaming US military runs torture training facility, leads to the demonization of extremely effective methods of gaining actionable intel as evidenced by songbird and waterboardee Khalid "sheikh Sheikh Sheikh" Mohamed.
Consider Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the 39-year-old former al-Qaida operative who was the Sept. 11 mastermind and bearer of many al-Qaida secrets.
If anyone had a motive for remaining silent it was the man known to terrorism investigators as "KSM." But not long after his capture in Pakistan, in March 2003, KSM began to talk.
He ultimately had so much to say that more than 100 footnoted references to the CIA's interrogations of KSM are contained in the final report of the commission that investigated Sept. 11.
The worst of it that all they had to do was start with the water and KSM was giving everyone he knew up. Undoubtedly planned terror acts were averted because we pretended to drown a rat. How 'bout someone who can find the clue bag.
"Gen. Michael V. Hayden, deputy director of national intelligence, has described the administration's philosophy in public and private meetings, including a session with human rights groups.
"We're going to live on the edge," Hayden told the groups, according to notes taken by Human Rights Watch and confirmed by Hayden's office. "My spikes will have chalk on them. . . . We're pretty aggressive within the law. As a professional, I'm troubled if I'm not using the full authority allowed by law."
Now this guy has the correct attitude, sounds like Gen. Honore from New Orleans. It is his obligation and duty to use every possible tool to scour the earth for Al-Qaeda. If Zarqawi pops his head up in Indochina, I want a shooter popping out of a rice bowl to bust a cap in his ass. I also love the fact that he didn't sugar coat it for the human rights groups. I wish most of those groups had as much concern for those killed by tyrants and terrorists these days as they do in dogging our every step as we delouse the globe.
It is easy to simply say that some people understand we are at war and some wish we would quit acting that way and get back to health care and abortion rights, but it's true. All this focus on the treacherous swine who have declared a jihad and are working fairly diligently to wrap the globe in a big ole burka, is making it tough to demonize W's new court appointee as an evil, racist, abortion banning extremist.
I don't know why Dana Priest feels her obligation to cripple our Intel capabilities, but I hope we track down the disloyal worms feeding her classified info. They could use a little Club Leavenworth time to reflect on their actions. It is easy to sit safe and warm here where no terrorists have hit us for four years and indulge your delicate sensibilities. But the jihadis, while severely beaten down by the very programs she helps destroy, are still trying their damndest to punish all of us. Whether she ever shuts her cakehole or not, those of us able to accurately assess the threat and spineful enough to act against it will keep trucking.
- Uncle J