Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Bush Policy of Harsh Interrogation Led to Osama bin Laden

Liberals in the Senate and Congress are in denial to give kudos to George W. Bush. The information that was collected under Bush's policy of wiretapping, CIA "Black Site", Guantanamo Bay, the Patriot Act, indefinite detention with humane treatment, and advance intensive interrogation lead to the path to find bin Laden. Under Obama's policy, the current president closed down CIA "Black Sites," tried to close down GITMO, give Miranda rights to enemy combatants, stop advance intensive interrogations, and mandated Attorney General Eric Holder to go after those agents performing these interrogations. In fact, bin Laden would be alive today if the policies under Obama was implemented. As American look down the road, history will judge George W. Bush very favorable because his policies were finally vindicated by killing Osama bin Laden.

(Washington Times) The debate over the use of harsh interrogation techniques during the Bush administration is being rekindled by the successful operation against Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan, which was based on information about the courier extracted from detained terror suspects.

Rep. Peter T. King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said initial clues to bin Laden’s location can be traced to the waterboarding of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and the interrogations of Abu Faraj al-Libbi, the former No. 3 al Qaeda leader captured in 2005.

“Khalid Shaikh Mohammed basically gave up nothing until after he had been waterboarded,” Mr. King, New York Republican, said in an interview Tuesday. “It was after that that he first mentioned the courier, he identified him by his nom de guerre, and after that … al Libbi also gave us additional information on the courier.”

Mr. King said the Bush administration’s overall handling of terrorist detainees was vindicated by Sunday’s successful raid.

“Absolutely. This is a vindication,” he said. “Without that, we may not have gotten bin Laden.”

Administration officials said tracking one particular bin Laden courier ultimately produced key intelligence that ended the worldwide manhunt with Sunday’s commando raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan, that left the al Qaeda leader dead.

A senior Obama administration official who briefed reporters Sunday night said intelligence agencies had focused on finding couriers for bin Laden since 2001, with one trusted messenger having “our constant attention.”

Then, four years ago (2006-2007), the courier was identified by name, and then two years later he and his brother were spotted as operating in a specific area of Pakistan, the official said.

In August the couriers’ residence was located as the Abbottabad compound, triggering the covert operation that began in September and ended on Sunday. Both the courier and his brother were killed in the raid.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, told reporters on Tuesday that “nothing has been found to indicate that this came out of Guantanamo.”

“And people were questioned, but there were no positive answers as to the identity of this No. 1 courier,” Mrs. Feinstein, California Democrat, said.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said he believes harsh interrogations likely contributed to finding bin Laden.

“It certainly points up the fact that the structures that President Bush put into place — military commissions, Guantanamo Bay, the Patriot Act, indefinite detention and humane treatment, but intensive interrogation to be sure — all contributed to the success we’ve had in the global war on terror,” Mr. Rumsfeld said.