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Cheney: Obama Should Use CIA As Resource

Thursday, 03 Sep 2009 11:49 AM

By Frank Gaffney

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The following is a transcript from Frank Gaffney Jr.'s syndicated show on Secure Freedom Radio


Let’s hear what Dick Cheney had to say over the weekend about the Obama administration’s pursuit of our CIA interrogators:

“The approach of the Obama administration should be to come to those people who were involved in that policy and say, ‘how did you do it? What were the keys to keeping this country safe over that period of time?’ Instead, they’re out there now threatening to disbar the lawyers who gave up the legal opinions, threatening contrary to what the president originally said, they’re going to go out and investigate the CIA personnel that carried out those investigations.”

Cheney added that CIA summaries of the results of its interrogations released on Monday of last week at his request document that the agency’s implementation of Bush administration policies were “directly responsible for defeating all efforts by al-Qaida to launch further mass-casualty attacks” on the country.

Now, interestingly, the Washington Post reported on Saturday, the deadest of weeks, especially in the summertime, that these enhanced interrogation techniques had broken one of the worst of the worst of these terrorists that we had captured — Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. It documents how after he was water boarded — this sensibly horrific technique — he went from being exceedingly uncooperative, and actually quite misleading in his responses to questions that were put to him, to actually teaching terrorism tutorials to our intelligence personnel that proved to be quite instructive about al-Qaida, and helpful in defeating it.


Next, we have the elections in Japan. As predicted here last Friday, there was indeed a political earthquake in Japan over the weekend. Yukio Hatoyama, and his Democratic Party, swept party, for the first time, winning some 308 seats, compared to the outgoing, discredited Liberal Democrats, only 119. This was, as we thought it would be, a sweeping repudiation.

The question now, of course, reminds me of a line in that old line in the movie “The Candidate,” with Robert Redford, a totally unqualified guy, who nonetheless got elected to a senate seat. He responded, once the campaign celebration of election night was over, “What do we do now?” This is really ominous—the lack of experience, the lack of established competency. Given Hatoyama’s far-left instincts and policies, especially when you think about what they might mean for the Pacific Rim, as he partners up with a man with not much more qualifications, Barack Obama.


How about this? Was there a targeted bio-warfare attack against the Columbian President — President Uribe — America’s greatest friend in the region after he met with many of his Latin American counterparts, and some of his most vociferous critics? This is a question that has occurred because apparently he has been struck down by swine flu, and when you think of the enmity that is being exhibited toward President Uribe, particularly Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, especially over the question of Columbia’s willingness to allow the United States to use, for counternarcotics and counterterrorism purposes, several bases in Columbia — a very important step — it really raises an interesting question: if only Mr. Uribe winds up having the flu, let alone if he succumbs to it, whether this was not simply a case of a contagious disease being passed around those heads of state, but something more sinister. Let’s hope not.


And then this from the Washington Times. The Times reports that the Congressional Intelligence Committees are gravely concerned about the continuing lack of translators for the U.S. intelligence community, specifically those that have the capacity to monitor and translate quickly the languages of greatest concern to us in the fight against specifically those who adhere to Shariah and are seeking our destruction. The Times points out that on 9/11, there were just three out of some 15,000-some senior people in the FBI who were fluent in Arabic.

Pete Hoekstra, a frequent contributor, I am pleased to say, to Secure Freedom Radio, who serves as the ranking member, the former chairman, of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, attributes the fact that this problem was not only true then, but is true today, especially with respect to dialects, somewhat exotic dialects, as pasteau and gardi and Kurdish, to a “lack of focus, priorities, and management.”

I think it’s actually also attributable to the fact that the intelligence community has not been able to recruit reliable translators — they can’t, for example, many of them, pass background checks. This may have something to do with the FBI, and other agencies, rather reflexively recruiting among the Muslim Brotherhood rather than among folks, for example, Israeli Jews who speak Arabic. But, another problem that the Washington Times suggests is at work here is the fact that many of these translators, or would-be translators, that have washed out because of their difficulties passing the background check, have had ties to “mosques where extremism was preached.”

That sounds a lot like the communities served by the Noor-Islamic Cultural Center, near Columbus, Ohio — the one Rifqa Bary’s family wants her sent back to, despite the 17-year-old girl’s urgent pleas on the grounds that she fears she will be honor-killed if she is returned to Ohio. We’ve been following this story closely here at Secure Freedom Radio, and just today, her lawyer introduced into evidence in the proceedings for keeping her in Florida, as she wishes, a chilling investigation of the dangers associated with this Noor-Islamic cultural center, a Shariah-adherent mosque, especially for apostates as Rifqa Bary.

If you want to find out for yourself what Rifqa is fighting, I urge you to check out this study by going to securefreedomradio.com. There we’ll have a good link for you to check it out yourself.

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