Dennis Blair, Director of National Intelligence

Dennis Blair, Director of National Intelligence

Today, Dennis Blair had two responses to the Department of Justice release of Office of Legal Counsel records related to CIA interrogation techniques. The first response was directed to the press; the second was to the Intelligence Community workforce, and is available here: 2009-04-16-dni-memo-to-workforce-sl_004151.

There are more comments in the second piece, but the items missing from the press release are equally important, if not more so, for that audience as they are the IC workforce.

Three of the most significant omissions from the press release were:

“High value information came from interrogations in which those methods were used and provided a deeper understanding of the al Qa’ida organization that was attacking this country.”

“…the leadership of the CIA repeatedly reported their activities to Executive Branch policymakers and to members of Congress, and received permission to continue to use the techniques.”

and

“Even in 2009 there are organizations plotting to kill Americans using terror tactics, and although the memories of 9/11 are becoming more distant, we in the intelligence service must stop them.”

Those are three significant facts/statements that were excluded from Blair’s press release. If they are the facts, the press (and U.S. citizens) needs to hear them…even if they don’t report them.




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  • http:eb-misfit.blogspot.com Comrade E.B. Misfit

    Some day they may decide to tell the American people what basis they have for saying that torturing people produced good information. Until they do, all I have seen and heard in defense of the torture program are comments that sound suspiciously like “befehl ist befehl.”

  • UltimaRatioReg

    Some day I would like to find one person screaming “torture” who has read the Geneva Convention of 1949 for the Treatment of Prisoners…..

  • Fouled Anchor

    I guess that sentiment goes along well with your Let’s Prosecute Bush as a War Criminal statement on your home blog, right, Comrade?

  • UltimaRatioReg

    Gee, what a shock.

  • Byron

    Comrade, how about PROVING they didn’t? Unless you’re all hot gas and bad smells hiding behind a false nick? Mostly, I think you’re a troll who needs to put down the porn and take a bath. And don’t forget to get back under the bridge where trolls belong, Comrade.

  • Byron

    Damn, Chief, you just had to get me to go look at that place? I gotta rinse my eyes out with gasoline now…

  • Fouled Anchor

    Sorry Byron…

  • http:eb-misfit.blogspot.com Comrade E.B. Misfit

    And don’t forget to get back under the bridge where trolls belong, Comrade.
    Call me a troll, if you like.

    It doesn’t change the point that the DoJ prosecuted Chuckie Taylor in a Florida court for acts of torture committed against Liberians in Liberia. We have recognized extraterritorial jurisdiction, you will have little cause to complain if/when such is exercised against members of the Bush Administration.

    Yes, I think Bush should be prosecuted under the doctrine of command responsibility.

    As for the Geneva Convention of 1949, that is not really relevant. Does anyone not doubt the proposition that torture is illegal?

  • http:eb-misfit.blogspot.com Comrade E.B. Misfit

    And don’t forget to get back under the bridge where trolls belong, Comrade.
    Call me a troll, if you like.

    It doesn’t change the point that the DoJ prosecuted Chuckie Taylor in a Florida court for acts of torture committed against Liberians in Liberia. We have recognized extraterritorial jurisdiction, you will have little cause to complain if/when such is exercised against members of the Bush Administration.

    Yes, I think Bush should be prosecuted under the doctrine of command responsibility.

    As for the Geneva Convention of 1949, that is not really relevant. Does anyone not doubt the proposition that torture is illegal?

  • http:eb-misfit.blogspot.com Comrade E.B. Misfit

    Sorry for the double post.

  • UltimaRatioReg

    “As for the Geneva Convention of 1949, that is not really relevant.”

    Well, that is like saying that the First Amendment isn’t relevant in a free speech case.

  • Byron

    …yawn. Someone say something? Thought not. Nap time again…

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