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Thanks for opening up this can of worms, President Obama.
Now that the Bush legal memos about harsh interrogation techniques have been made public by the Obama administration, former Vice President Dick Cheney wants the results of those interrogations released as well. Here's Cheney talking to Fox News:
"One of the things that I find a little bit disturbing about this recent disclosure is they put out the legal memos, the memos that the CIA got from the Office of Legal Counsel, but they didn't put out the memos that showed the success of the effort."
"I haven't talked about it, but I know specifically of reports that I read, that I saw, that lay out what we learned through the interrogation process and what the consequences were for the country.I've now formally asked the CIA to take steps to declassify those memos so we can lay them out there and the American people have a chance to see what we obtained and what we learned and how good the intelligence was
This is what happens when we start exposing our intelligence information to the public. If we expose some of it, which causes a subsequent uproar, then we have to expose more of it in the interests of fairness to the parties involved. And the more intelligence we expose, the more our enemies learn, which runs counter to the whole idea of intelligence in the first place. What's next, will we have a new television program on NBC called CIA 60 Minutes, where we divulge everything we learned about terrorists in the last week ?
So far, we've revealed the NSA terrorist wiretapping program to the public, the terrorist finance tracking program to the public, our terrorist interrogation procedures to the public, and much, much more....whose side are WE on, anyway ? When it comes to intelligence and matters of national security, this isn't transparency, it's inanity. And then people wonder why we haven't captured Bin Laden. Gee, I don't know, maybe IF WE WEREN'T TELLING BIN LADEN HOW WE"RE TRYING TO CAPTURE HIM, we'd stand a better chance.
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