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August 25, 2009 in Campaign 2008, Campaign 2010, Campaign 2012, Economy, Politics, socialism, Terrorism, Uncategorized | Tags: Barack Obama, CIA interrogations, Eric Holder, Leon Panetta, National seciurity, Obama care, Speaker Nancy Pelosi | Leave a comment
The move to prosecute CIA officers for their conduct during the war on terrorism is threatening to throw President Obama’s national security team into turmoil – beginning with the possible resignation of CIA Director Leon Panetta.
Panetta engaged in a “profanity-laced screaming match” at the White House, according to ABC News.com, over a plan by Attorney General Eric Holder to launch an investigation over the treatment of detainees captured in Afghanistan and other countries. At issue is how far officers should have gone in their interrogation of such terrorists as the mastermind of the USS Cole bombing.
The threat to investigate the nation’s frontline spies comes after Panetta took on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over her comments that she had never been brief regarding harsh interrogation techniques being used against Al-Qaida members. Panetta sided with his team and the written record in insisting that she had been briefed.
“You can expect a larger than normal turnover in the next year,” a senior adviser to Obama on intelligence matters told ABCNews.com.
August 24, 2009 in Campaign 2008, Campaign 2010, Campaign 2012, Capitalism, Family values, Politics, socialism, Terrorism, Uncategorized | Tags: AG Eric Holder, Barack Obama, CIA interrogations, Leon Paneta, National Security, Obama care | 4 comments
The Justice Department released a long-secret report Monday chronicling abuses inside the Central Intelligence Agency’s overseas prisons, showing how interrogators choked a prisoner repeatedly and threatened to kill another detainee’s children.
The decision was a significant blow to the C.I.A, and Mr. Holder said he would be criticized for undercutting the intelligence agency’s work. He said that he agreed with President Obama’s oft-expressed desire not to get mired in disputes over the policies of former President George W. Bush, but that his review of reports on the C.I.A. interrogation program left him no choice.
Meanwhile, Rep. John Conyers is calling for the special prosecutor be given “full authority” to follow the investigation through and prosecute, regardless of where it leads.