Posted by SAM on 13 May, 2009 at 10:04 am. 63 comments already!

In looking at the tons of declassified documents from the CIA, two things were noticed.

First,
TRADITIONAL FORMS OF INTERROGATION WERE TRIED FIRST.
Part of the criteria put forth in determining who, when, how, and why Enhanced Interrogation Techniques would be used was the REQUIREMENT that traditional interrogation methods had to be tried first, and had to have failed. Only after that had been determined (according to the declassified documents, could the process for getting authorization to use EIJ’s be pursued. If you’re lazy, just look at the table of contents and you’ll see that this was not a case of, “Woo hoo! We got so-and-so! Get a bucket!”
http://tinyurl.com/dal9ty
or
http://media.mcclatchydc.com/smedia/2009/04/24/17/IG_s_2004_report__as_released_to_ACLU.source.prod_affiliate.91.pdf

Second,
IT WORKED; ACTIONABLE INTELLIGENCE WAS GAINED
from using EIJs.
7/15/04
http://www.politico.com/static/PPM119_090507_eitbriefings.html
(Gosh, looks like they got something from the interrogations/”torture” after all. )

Supposedly…
September 11, 2002: Ramzi bin al-Shibh captured, purportedly as a result of intelligence gained through “torturing” Abu Zubaydah.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/17/AR2007121702151.html?hpid=topnews

Now, was it worth it? We don’t know because the Obama Admin (despite claiming that it wasn’t) refuses to release the documents from this date and others (as requested by VP Cheney, the Washington Post, and the New York Times) which allegedly show that yes…attacks were thwarted by the use of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques.

What are Obama and the Democrats hiding?

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