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Marc Thiessen's must-read book, Courting Disaster, skyrocketed to #9 on the NYTimes best-seller list this coming week. Thiessen has relentlessly exposed how the Left and Obama are sabotaging all the effective intelligence-gathering programs that the Bush administration created to prevent jihadi attacks after 9/11 -- and how media propagandists are helping them. Here's one of... Read More
The Left's clown prince, Jon Stewart, "took on" UC Berkeley law professor/former Bush DOJ official John Yoo on Monday. Yoo has just published "Crisis and Command" -- a thorough, compelling history of the use of executive power by America's presidents from Washington to Bush. Yoo has been demonized by the nutroots and stalked at his... Read More
On August 26, my syndicated column blasted the ACLU for its spying operation on undercover CIA agents. The pictures of covert American CIA officers – “in some cases surreptitiously taken outside their homes” – were shown to jihadi suspects tied to the 9/11 attacks in order to identify the interrogators. The ACLU responded to my... Read More
Have you heard a peep from ACLU supporters about the group's special spying project on undercover CIA agents? Me neither. It's the subject of my syndicated column this week. IBD has an excellent editorial. Few other MSM papers have weighed in. ACLU: Spying for America’s enemies by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2009 Savor the... Read More
Can't say I'm getting all wee-weed up about the DOJ disclosure today that Bush/CIA interrogators threatened 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed's family (info that isn't even new.) Nope. No tears. How about you? Flashback: 9/11 Children Flashback: Angels on loan from God Via Sgt. Tim Sumner, photos of the angel children murdered on 9/11: Lan... Read More
All wee-wee'd up.
F-bomb alert! ABC News reports profanity-laced screaming matches between CIA director Leon Panetta and the White House (via HA Headlines). You might say he's a bit wee-weed up: See pp. 104-106 of
Zombie reports on the harassment campaign against John Yoo: See how Berkeley shows its tolerance. But the left won't call it a "climate of hate." They're just exercising their free speech. *** Commenter Ragspierre: "Replace the name of Yoo with any abortion provider, and ask what the consequence would be..."
All wet.
Last week, liberal blogs went ga-ga over radio talk show host Mancow's waterboarding stunt. Matthew Yglesias wet his pants. He featured Mancow's photo and the blaring headline: "Conservative Radio Host Has Himself Waterboard to Prove It’s Not Torture, Realizes He Was Wrong." MSNBC and HuffPo embraced him. Ezra Klein at the Washington Post piled on.... Read More
Shorter Obama: I am against preventive detention (Bush's), except when I am for it (mine). I am for transparency ("torture/"interrogation memos), except when I am against it ("torture/"interrogation photos). I am against the power to order enhanced interrogation techniques, except when I assume that power myself. I am against "extended re-litigation of the last eight... Read More
The House GOP conference picks the perfect background music for Nancy Pelosi's stammering, stuttering and verbal pirouettes: the Nutcracker Suite. Perfect: Dan Collins dubs it "Dance of the Sugarplum Failure."
The House Republicans are not letting up on Nancy Pelosi. Good. GOP House Leader Boehner says put up the evidence that the CIA lied or apologize: And the House GOP Conference is pounding the Democratic culture of corruption: "Tonight, House Republican Conference Secretary John Carter will lead Special Orders live on CSPAN to review where... Read More
Photoshop credit: David Johnson We had dueling press conferences this morning with Nancy Pelosi accusing the Bush CIA of lying to her about waterboarding and House GOP leader John Boehner defending the integrity of the briefers. Pelosi had a particularly frozen look on her face throughout her presser as she repeated the "Bush lied about... Read More
Well, well, well. Reality bites the White House in the ass, again. From the administration that was against military tribunals before they were for them and which flip-flopped on a "truth commission" after a public backlash comes the decision to bail on the ACLU and fight the release of detainee "torture" photos after signaling last... Read More
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi knew from September 2, 2002 that enhanced interrogation techniques, including waterboarding, were being used on jihadi detainees. She knew. From Day One. That's what the CIA memo, published at Human Events, shows. ABC News follows. Pelosi's spokesperson says his boss has a "recollection" that is "different." Nancy Pelosi: Blink, blink. Allahpundit... Read More
Results from the latest Rasmussen poll show a public more in tune with Dick Cheney than George Soros: Thus, Obama has backtracked on his openness to a Truth Commis
More Obama backtracking that will not surprise you, via ABC News: President Obama suggested today that it remained a possibility that the Justice Department might bring charges against officials of the Bush administration who devised harsh interrogation policies that some see as torture. He also suggested that if there is any sort of investigation into... Read More
I'm watching Sen. Arlen Specter on the Senate floor right now blithering about how he'll vote for AG nominee Eric Holder despite the corrupt Marc Rich and FALN pardons. Holder "deserves the benefit of the doubt" and deserves bipartisanship support since Sen. Leahy supported Chief Justice John Roberts. The latest AP dispatch on Holder's expected... Read More
Wow. Today is just one big, bad joke. Al Franken. Roland Burris. Bill Richardson. Now this: Leon Panetta will head Obama's CIA. Another day, another clueless Clinton crony named to a top job for which he has no experience. The unqualified fish rots from the head down, after all. Via NYT. Damned scary: Hey, maybe... Read More
Touchy.
I started the day with a garish Gitmo stunt from the lawyer who exposed his briefs. I end with another one--from bin Laden driver and Gitmo detainee Salim Hamdan, whom the NYPost reports is distressed by an American female interrogator who touched his thigh. Love the Post headline: "Afraid of girls." Will Hamdan's lawyer be... Read More
Have an unhappy Independence Day! (Photo: Protest Shooter)
Shorter Chris Satullo: God damn America! I have a feeling we'll see a few more of these leading up to the Independence Day holiday weekend.
While I was stuck in traffic on the way to UStream's Mountain View offices for the From the Frontlines web-a-thon yesterday, I tuned into the Gitmo interrogation hearing by the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties. Serving as human voo-doo dolls: Berkeley law professor John Yoo, who served in the... Read More
On record. Plus: How did McCain vote?
This afternoon, the Seante voted to ban waterboarding and other interrogation methods against terror suspects. President Bush has vowed to veto any bill that handcuffs CIA interrogators. Here's the roll call vote: The NYT reports: The Senate voted 51 to 45 on Wednesday afternoon to ban waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods used by the... Read More
Shocked, shocked.
Here's my appearance on FNC's The Big Story today on what San Fran Nan knew about waterboarding, why the moonbats are raging, and how the hindsight hypocrisy of the Dems is par for the course. The WSJ: One certainly may hold as abhorrent the idea of aggressively interrogating any terrorists ever, either for fear of... Read More
"The waterboarding lasted about 35 seconds before Abu Zubaida broke down."
Don't miss the WaPo's interview with John Kiriakou, an ex-CIA agent who helped interrogate al Qaeda biggie Abu Zubaydah and described the religious effect of waterboarding on the jihadist. Reader Steve G. calls it Zubaydah's "Come To Allah Moment:" Ed Morrissey boils down the choice Congress faces--a choice that moonbats in fantasy land pretend doesn't... Read More
Update 12/8 10:00am Eastern: What Harriet Miers knew. And Ed Morrissey takes a closer look at what Reps. Silvestre Reyes and Pete Hoekstra say they did and didn't know. *** Update 1:05pm Eastern. Tom Maguire: "This ongoing selective outrage by the Congressional overseers is ridiculous." Par for the course. *** It's the top news at... Read More
It looks like this: And this: Don Surber and Wretchard at The Belmont Club note the silence of the human rights crowd and the MSM in regard to the al Qaeda torture manual published at The Smoking Gun. Writes Wretchard: The problem with the word "torture" is that it has been so artfully corrupted by... Read More
The human rights group finally releases a statement about the barbaric murders of Privates Menchaca and Tucker. Timestamped 1:36pm EDT: To: National Desk Contact: Sharon Singh of Amnesty International USA, 202-544-0200 ext. 289 WASHINGTON, June 21 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Larry Cox, Amnesty International USA's executive director, made the following statement in response to the alleged... Read More
Unbelievable. A lower Manhattan polling place is surrounded by left-wing propaganda art exploiting Abu Ghraib imagery. (Hat tip: Little Green Footballs)
"I stand for 8-10 hours a day. Why is standing limited to four hours?" -- (Seventy-one-year-old) Donald Rumsfeld, in a notation on a 2002 memo about interrogation tactics, which detailed how terrorism detainees may stand for up to four hours.
Power Line's John Hinderaker takes a closer look at the Associated Press report on how President Bush and Donald Rumsfeld supposedly gave the green light to unleash torture on al Qaeda detainees: Yup. Seems to be my theme of the day...and the day is 26 minutes old.
Excellent post by Junkyard Blog on the "Abu Ghraib Bait and Switch." Go there now!
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