There was a joke making the rounds during Hurricane Katrina down here in the shelters. A man lives in New Orleans. He sees on the TV that the hurricane is coming, but he says to himself, “God will save me.” The next day is starts raining hard, and his neighbor pulls up with his 4-wheel drive. He asks if the man wants to leave with him, but the man says, “God will save me.” The day after the water is up to the man’s front porch. A county sheriff comes up with a boat to evacuate him, but the man insists, “God will save me.” The day after that the levee breaks, and the man is on his roof. A Coast Guard helicopter comes by, but the man waves them off, saying “It’s okay — God will save me.”
That night the water rose and the man drowned. When he stood before God in Judgement, he was astonished. “God — Why didn’t you save me?”
God looked at the man and said, “I sent you a 4-wheel drive, a sheriff in a boat, and the Coast Guard — How many signs did you need to tell you it was time to go?”
I wonder if Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama are beginning to feel like the man in New Orleans right now. How many former CIA Directors do you need to tell you your investigation of CIA Interrogations is Wrong?
WASHINGTON (AP) — Seven former CIA directors who served both Republican and Democratic presidents have asked President Obama to end the Justice Department’s criminal probe into the harsh interrogations of terror suspects during the Bush administration.
Attorney General Eric Holder said last month he was appointing an independent counsel to investigate possible incidents of abuse by CIA personnel during interrogations that went beyond guidelines imposed by the Bush administration.
“If criminal investigations closed by career prosecutors during one administration can so easily be reopened at the direction of political appointees in the next, declinations of prosecution will be rendered meaningless,” wrote the former directors.
The seven former CIA directors included Michael Hayden, Porter Goss and George Tenet, who served under George W. Bush; John Deutch and James Woolsey, who worked for President Bill Clinton; William Webster, who served under President George H.W. Bush; and James Schlesinger, who ran the agency under President Richard Nixon. Tenet also served under Clinton.
They urged Obama to reverse Holder’s Aug. 24 decision to reopen the investigation of interrogations following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
In their letter, the former directors warned that the investigations could discourage CIA officers from doing the kind of aggressive intelligence work needed to counter terrorism and may inhibit foreign governments from working with the United States.
Matthew Miller, Holder’s spokesman, said Holder does not believe his probe will affect CIA employees’ commitment to their work.
This line, more than anything else in this article, convinces me that the Attorney General of the United States; the man who called us a “nation of cowards”; is a complete and total imbecile. OF COURSE IT WILL AFFECT THE CIA’S COMMITMENT TO IT’S WORK, you moron! If I worked at the CIA right now, I’d be putting out my resume.
Has this idiot ever worked in the REAL world, do you think?
One former CIA official familiar with the cases now under review said that Bush-era Justice lawyers declined to prosecute either because they were not certain they could win conviction or because some of the CIA personnel involved had already been disciplined by the agency.
Though not a signatory to the letter, current CIA Director Leon Panetta also opposed Holder’s investigation. “My concern is … that we don’t get trapped by the past. My feeling is ultimately, we’re going to be able to move on,” he told reporters this week after a speech in Michigan.
For the record, USA Today is the only American newspaper I can find that’s even covering this story as of this morning.
The U.K. Telegraph had this story yesterday, and trusty Fox News covered it last night; but otherwise this story is going the path of the ACORN scandals and the Van Jones resignation.
I.E.; Nobody but the U.K. papers and Fox is covering it.
It’ll probably explode into headlines later next week. You were warned here first.