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Most transparent admininstration?

Only when transparency benefits the Obama administration…or harms it’s political enemies.

That’s right, it’s becoming more and more apparent that Obama’s release of the classified “torture” memos was done purely for political purposes.  Yesterday, the CIA turned down former VP Cheney’s request to release memos that show valuable intelligence resulted from “enhanced interrogation” techniques.

From Fox News:

The CIA has turned down former Vice President Cheney’s request to release memos he says would show waterboarding and other “enhanced interrogation techniques” produced valuable information that saved lives.

CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano says an executive order signed by former President Bush forbids the agency from declassifying documents that are the subject of pending litigation. The memos Cheney wants released are the subject of two Freedom of Information Act lawsuits.

“For that reason-and that reason only-CIA did not accept Mr. Cheney’s request,” Gamigliano said.

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What a crock! Obama could declassify the documents and release them just as he did with the memos he selectively chose to publicize. In fact, releasing them should resolve the FOI litigation. He could kill two birds with one stone.

The simple fact is, the released memos serve Obama’s purpose–to disparage the Bush administration, while those demanded by Cheney would undo the damage the President already inflicted. Therefore, Obama (who until now never met a Bush executive order he didn’t want rescinded), supposedly running the most transparent administration in history, only allows half the story to be told.

May 15, 2009 Posted by | War on Terror | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Feinstein wanted “intelligence” in CIA


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It appears that Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) isn’t happy at all with President-elect Barack Hussein Obama’s choice to head the CIA.  CNN’s headline reads Feinstein slams Obama CIA head pick.  Perhaps she thought Obama’s campaign promises of “change” were more than just so much hot air.  Instead, we keep getting more DC insiders.

What experience qualifies Leon Panetta to head the agency tasked with gathering intelligence on international terrorists?  None, in the intelligence field.  But, Mr. Panetta is steeped in experience rubbing elbows inside the beltway.  From 1966 to 1971 he served as an assistant to various politicians and bureaucrats, then returned to California to practice law until he was elected to Congress in 1977.  He left that position in 1993 to take a job in the Clinton administration and became Clinton’s chief of staff in 1994.  He and his wife now run the Leon & Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy.

Could the appointment of one with no experience in intelligence be a signal of Obama’s disdain for the agency?  If so, we’d better be ready for trouble.  The Clinton CIA budget cuts led to serious repercussions.  If we start down that path again while the War on Terror is ongoing, the effects could be disastrous.  But hey, any good lawyer should be able to run a spy network, right?

I rarely agree with Feinstein, but this time she’s right to question the intelligence of BO’s choice.

Finally, we might be getting a glimpse of the long-awaited “change” we’ve heard about for the last couple of years.  Obama wants to take the “intelligence” out of the CIA!

Sleep tight America, a lawyer/politician will be watching over you for a few years!


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