Hayden: Obama on 'Wrong Path' With Terror

Sunday, 31 Jan 2010 09:40 PM

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Former CIA Director General Michael Hayden writes in Sunday’s Washington Post that President Obama’s terror policies have exposed the U.S. to serious danger.

Hayden hits Obama on several key points:
  • ”We got it wrong in Detroit on Christmas Day. We allowed an enemy combatant the protections of our Constitution before we had adequately interrogated him.”
  • ”Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is not ‘an isolated extremist.’ He is the tip of the spear of a complex al-Qaida plot to kill Americans in our homeland.”
  • "Two days after his inauguration, President Obama issued an executive order that limited all interrogations by the U.S. government to the techniques authorized in the Army Field Manual. The CIA had not seen the final draft of the order, let alone been allowed to comment, before it was issued.”
  • "In November, Justice announced that it intended to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and several others in civilian courts for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The White House made clear that this was a Justice Department decision, which is odd because the decision was not legally compelled (other detainees are to be tried by military commissions) and the reasons given for making it (military trials could serve as a recruitment tool for al-Qaida, harm relations with allies, etc.) were not legal but political.”
Read Hayden’s full article in The Washington Post.

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