Just so u know

(Useful info that has been running around the internet)

As President George W. Bush’s top  speechwriter, Marc Thiessen was provided unique
access to the CIA program used in interrogating top Al Qaeda terrorists,
including the mastermind of the 9/11 attack, Khalid Sheikh Mohammad (KSM). Now,
in his riveting new book, “COURTING DISASTER, how the CIA Kept America Safe and
How Barack Obama Is Inviting the Next Attack.”
Here is an excerpt from
Courting Disaster:
Just before dawn on March 1, 2003, two dozen heavily
armed Pakistani tactical assault forces move in  and surround a safe house in
Rawalpindi.  A few hours earlier they had received a text message from an
informant inside the house. It read:  “I am with KSM.” Bursting in, they find
the disheveled mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, in his
bedroom. He is taken into custody.
In the safe house, they find a
treasure trove of computers, documents, cell phones and other valuable “pocket
litter.”Once in custody, KSM is defiant.  He refuses to answer questions,
informing his captors that he will tell them everything when he gets to America
and sees his lawyer. But KSM is not taken to America to see a lawyer.

Instead he is taken to a secret CIA “black site” in an undisclosed location.Upon
arrival, KSM finds himself in the complete control of Americans.  He does not
know where he is, how long he will be there, or what his fate will be.  Despite
his circumstances, KSM still refuses to talk.  He spews contempt at his
interrogators, telling them that Americans are weak, lack resilience, and are
unable to do what is necessary to prevent the terrorists from succeeding in
their goals.  He has trained to resist interrogation.
When he is
asked for information about future attacks, he tells his questioners scornfully:
“Soon, you will know.”It becomes clear he will not reveal the information using
traditional interrogation techniques. So he undergoes a series of “enhanced
interrogation techniques” approved for use only on  the most
detainees. The techniques include waterboarding.  His resistance
is described by one senior American official as “superhuman.” Eventually,
however,  the techniques work, and KSM becomes cooperative-for reasons that will
be described later in this book.
He begins telling his CIA de-briefers
about active al Qaeda plots to launch attacks against the United States and
other Western targets.
He holds classes for CIA officials, using a
chalkboard to draw a picture of al Qaeda’s operating structure,  financing,
communications, and logistics.
He identifies al Qaeda travel routes and
safe havens, and helps intelligence officers make sense of documents and
computer records seized in terrorist raids.
He identifies voices in
intercepted telephone calls, and helps officials understand the meaning of coded
terrorist communications.
He provides information that helps our
intelligence community capture other high-ranking terrorists,KSM’s questioning,
and that of other captured terrorists, produces more than 6,000 intelligence
reports, which are shared across the intelligence community, as well as with our
allies across the world.In one of these
reports, KSM describes in detail the
revisions he made to his failed 1994-1995 plan known as the “Bojinka plot” to
blow up a dozen airplanes carrying some 4,000 passengers over the  Pacific
Years later, an observant CIA  officer notices that the
activities of a cell being followed by British authorities appear to match KSM’s
description of his  plans for a Bojinka-style attack.In an operation that
involves unprecedented intelligence cooperation between our countries, British
officials proceed to unravel the plot.   On the night of Aug.9, 2006 they launch
a series of raids in a northeast London suburb that lead to the arrest of two
dozen al Qaeda terrorist suspects.
They find a USB thumb-drive in the
pocket of one of the men with security details for Heathrow airport, and
information on seven trans-Atlantic flights that were scheduled to take off
within hours of each other:
*         United Airlines Flight 931 to San
Francisco departing at  2:15 p.m.;
*         Air Canada Flight 849 to
Toronto departing at 3:00  p.m.;
*         Air Canada Flight 865 to
Montreal departing at 3:15 p.m.;
*         United Airlines Flight  959 to
Chicago   departing  at 3:40 p.m.;
*         United Airlines Flight  925
to Washington departing at 4:20 p.m.;
*         American Airlines  Flight
131 to New York departing at 4:35 p.m;
*         American
Airlines Flight 91 to Chicago departing at 4:50 p.m.
They seize
bomb-making equipment and hydrogen peroxide to make liquid explosives.  And they
find the chilling martyrdom videos the suicide bombers had prepared.

Today, if you asked an average person on the street what they know about the
2006 airlines plot, most would not be able to tell you much. Few Americans are
aware of the fact that al Qaeda had planned to mark the fifth anniversary of
9/11 with an attack of similar scope and magnitude. And still fewer realize that
the terrorists’ true intentions in this plot were uncovered thanks to critical
information obtained through the
interrogation of the man who conceived it:
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.This is only one of the many attacks stopped with the
help of the CIA interrogation program established by the Bush Administration in
the wake of
the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Editor’s Note:

For other foiled terrorist plots, see page 9 of Courting Disaster.In addition to
helping break up these specific terrorist cells and plots, CIA questioning
provided our intelligence community with an unparalleled
body of information
about al Qaeda.  Until  the program was temporarily suspended in 2006,
officials say, well over half of the information our government
had about al Qaeda-how it operates, how it moves money, how  it communicates,
how it recruits operatives, how it picks  targets, how it plans and carries out
attacks-came from the  interrogation of terrorists in CIA custody.Former CIA
Director George Tenet has declared: “I know that this program has saved lives.
I know we’ve disrupted plots.  I know this program alone is worth more than what
the FBI, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the National Security Agency put
together have been able to tell us.”
Former CIA Director Mike Hayden has
said:  “The facts of the case are that the use of these techniques against these
terrorists made us safer.  It really did work.”Even Barack Obama’s Director of
National Intelligence, Dennis Blair, has acknowledged:  “High-value information
came from interrogations in which those methods were used and provided a deeper
understanding of the al Qaeda organization that was attacking this
Leon Panetta, Obama’s CIA Director, has said:  “Important
information was gathered from these detainees.  It provided information that was
acted upon.”And John Brennan, Obama’s Homeland Security Advisor, when asked in
an interview if enhanced-interrogation  techniques were necessary to keep
America safe, replied :”Would  the U.S. be handicapped if the CIA was not, in
fact, able to  carry out these types of detention and debriefing activities?  I
would say yes.”
On Jan. 22, 2009, President Obama issued Executive Order
13491, closing the CIA program and directing that, henceforth, all
interrogations by U.S personnel must follow the techniques contained in the Army
The morning of the announcement, Mike Hayden was still
in his post as CIA Director, He called White House Counsel Greg Craig and told
him bluntly:  “You didn’t ask, but this is the CIA officially nonconcurring.
The president went ahead anyway, overruling the objections of the agency.

A few months later, on April 16, 2009, President Obama ordered the
release of four Justice Department memos that described in detail the techniques
used to interrogate KSM and other high-value terrorists.   This time, not just
Hayden (who was now retired) but five CIA  directors — including Obama’s own
director, Leon Panetta —  objected.
George Tenet called to urge
against the memos’ release.
So did Porter Goss.
So did John
Hayden says:  “You had CIA directors in a continuous unbroken
stream to 1995 calling saying, ‘Don’t do this.'”  In addition to objections from
the men who led the agency for a collective 14 years, the President also heard
objections from the agency’s covert field operatives.
A few weeks
earlier, Panetta had arranged for the eight top officials of the Clandestine
Service to meet with the President. It was highly unusual for these clandestine
officers to visit the Oval Office, and they used the opportunity to warn the
President that releasing the memos would put agency operatives at risk.

The President reportedly listened respectfully-and then ignored their advice.

With these actions, Barack Obama arguably did more damage to America’s
national security in his first 100 days of office than any President in American


About drrik

3rd career and 2nd childhood. Spends spare time repairing old things. Aspires to burn more gasoline, gunpowder, and ink in pursuit of slowing down. Child of the 60s and aspiring student of history. No desire to see us repeat the failed social experiments that keep failing for lack of human beings that meet the left wing standards and have to be killed off. Did engineering long enough to realize that very little is new and the wheel does not need to be reinvented.
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4 Responses to Just so u know

  1. Mrs. AL says:

    SUPURB post, Drik! Thanx for posting. Ya’ gotta get out there and advertise it more, IMHO. Just today over at GunnyG’s place I commented relative to the intelligence lost via the killing of UBL and Alwaki. This admin would rather kill than capture and fiercely interrogate. Why? For what purpose? Spooky to say the least.

  2. Drik says:

    Because be can’t handle the obvious hypocracy of a trial.
    Leading from behind with rigorous PR to create a comfortable press version of what is happening.

  3. thedrpete says:

    Militant Islamists are weird and uncomfortable bedfellows, Drik, with Alinskyite-Cloward-&-Piven-implode-America-and-capitalism progressives, but for the short-term their goals and strategies align. No surprise, then, that Barack Obama — the turtle-atop-the-fencepost figurehead of the oligarchy — would cooperate with Islamists rather than America’s intelligence guys.

  4. drrik says:

    At some point it must occur, that they will be seeking his head also. Or would he be just assuming that there will be enough of the system left that kotows to tradition that he will be able to be sheltered.

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