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Former CIA director Porter J. Goss has a column in the Saturday Washington Post on the sudden "epidemic of amnesia" among House Democrats about harsh interrogation techniques: Security Before Politics.
A disturbing epidemic of amnesia seems to be plaguing my former colleagues on Capitol Hill. After the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, members of the committees charged with overseeing our nation's intelligence services had no higher priority than stopping al-Qaeda. In the fall of 2002, while I was chairman of the House intelligence committee, senior members of Congress were briefed on the CIA's "High Value Terrorist Program," including the development of "enhanced interrogation techniques" and what those techniques were. This was not a one-time briefing but an ongoing subject with lots of back and forth between those members and the briefers.
Today, I am slack-jawed to read that members claim to have not understood that the techniques on which they were briefed were to actually be employed; or that specific techniques such as "waterboarding" were never mentioned. It must be hard for most Americans of common sense to imagine how a member of Congress can forget being told about the interrogations of Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed. In that case, though, perhaps it is not amnesia but political expedience.
Let me be clear. It is my recollection that:
— The chairs and the ranking minority members of the House and Senate intelligence committees, known as the Gang of Four, were briefed that the CIA was holding and interrogating high-value terrorists.
— We understood what the CIA was doing.
— We gave the CIA our bipartisan support.
— We gave the CIA funding to carry out its activities.
— On a bipartisan basis, we asked if the CIA needed more support from Congress to carry out its mission against al-Qaeda.
I do not recall a single objection from my colleagues. They did not vote to stop authorizing CIA funding.
Saudi Arabia's latest plan to "reform" jihadis is getting positive reviews from Agence France Presse: Saudis use soft touch to 'save' former militants.
The care centre is Saudi Arabia's front line for ensuring that Al-Qaeda does not rear its head again, after a series of lethal domestic attacks between 2003 and 2006 forced Riyadh to concede the country was breeding terrorists.
More than 270 detainees — 117 released from Guantanamo — have already been put through the centre's programme to draw them back into the bosom of the Saudi state and persuade them to abandon politics.
The centre is the polar opposite of Guantanamo, where harsh interrogation methods aim to break the will of detainees.
Instead, the Saudi authorities mother them with ample food, recreation and classes designed to persuade them that they may have had good intentions [Translation: Jew-killing. --ed.], but that they had made the wrong choice.
"Now I know the rules and regulations for jihad," Hammami said. "First, it needs the consent of the government. Second, the consent of my parents."
"And then," he continued, "it's Jew-killing time!"
Cow poop. Yes, I have definitely stepped in cow poop. I hate nature.
According to the manufacturer, the Mypressi Twist is the world's first truly portable espresso machine. According to myself, it's going to be my road to perdition.
The Mypressi Twist has a pneumatic engine—which works with CO2 cartridges that get you eight cups each—that allows you to brew a fresh espresso with no need for external power. You only need hot water and coffee to get your caffeine fix.
It will arrive to this country in the fall for $129, so the survivors from the swine flu can have espresso with their human bacon anywhere and at any time. [Mypressi via Single Serve Espresso via Engadget]
ABBOTT: Super Duper computer store. Can I help you?
COSTELLO: Thanks. I'm setting up an office in my den and I'm thinking about buying a computer.
COSTELLO: No, the name's Lou.
Harvard and Islam, the perfect partners! Harvard and its graduates (Harvard Graduates have an overwhelming influence in the halls of Federal government) are leading the charge for Globalization and the complete removal of national boundaries. Islam's goal is that every man, woman and child in the world converts to Islam, voluntarily or by force, and that all the world is governed by Islamic Sharia Law.
Humanistic liberals dont mind sacrificing a few million people at the hands of Islam, in the naive and fatal belief that over time they can change what Islam is and has always been from its founding; a bloodthirsty warrior false religion to a benign false religion that comes to the round table of global religious ecumenism.
Muslim chaplain's crimson take on death for conversion
What do Pakistan's Swat Valley and Harvard University have in common?
Their leading Islamic authorities uphold the Shariah (Islamic law) tradition of punishing those who leave Islam with death.
There are differences, of course. For one thing, Shariah actually rules the Swat Valley, while Shariah's traditions, as promulgated by Harvard Muslim chaplain Taha Abdul-Basser, retain a more or less theoretical caste. In a recently publicized e-mail, for example, Mr. Abdul-Basser approvingly explained to a student the traditional Islamic practice of executing converts from Islam.
As the chaplain put it: "There is great wisdom (hikma) associated with the established and preserved position (capital punishment), and so, even if it makes some uncomfortable in the face of the hegemonic modern human-rights discourse, one should not dismiss it out of hand."
Certainly, one should not dismiss Mr. Abdul-Basser out of hand - or the chilling implications of what it means to have a religious leader at Harvard validate the ultimate act of Islamic religious persecution. But dismissing - or, rather, ignoring - this controversy is precisely what Harvard is doing in what appears to be an institutional strategy to make it go away. No one from the public-affairs office I contacted would answer questions or return phone calls. The lady who unguardedly answered the phone at the Harvard Chaplains' office couldn't get off fast enough, offering by way of answers a faxed "On Inquiry Statement" prepared by Mr. Abdul-Basser in which he issued a raft of denials unrelated to the e-mail statements in question.
"I have never called for, advocated or otherwise supported the murder of anyone - ever," he wrote. Nope, he didn't, especially since under Shariah, death for apostasy is not considered "murder."
"I have never expressed the position that individuals who l...