Why is our own president intent on putting more American lives at risk?
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 Field Manual.
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, over ruling 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 Deutch. 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 history.
(But how many people know this???)
only the few that read their email from beginning to end
Khalid Sheikh Mohammad (KSM)
- DesireLv 78 years agoFavorite Answer
If he is reelected he will be working with Russia in disarmament leaving us even more vulnerable. I support water boarding or whatever it takes to keep America and our troops safe. We are dealing with people that would think nothing of cutting your head off or raping women just because they hate us.
- IngridLv 78 years ago
Keep on trying your efforts will be without results.
President Obama is looking out for all of us in the best, safest way possible.
Isn't that so contrare to Bush?
And Romney and his backers would have us in an other War in no time.
Fellow Americans we have done enough damage to the World and lost too many precious Lives,
we must avoid any War at any cost.
Obama 2012 or our Democracy will be no more for ages and perhaps for ever since the Supreme Court
made it possible. In the future money will call the shots UNLESS we protest and insist on spending limits
and in a hurry at that before WE THE PEOPLE have been sold out.
- millspaughLv 43 years ago
Liberals understand as much as a field of rocks.. The Liberal ideology is a theory , fostered by employing a delusional, illogical minority and which holds forth ideals that have not got any foundation particularly. the subject concerns we are dealing with as we talk are because of the fact the folk who paintings for a living are outnumbered by employing people who vote for a living. @
- NomadLv 78 years ago
Why would anyone think that suspected terrorists (or NOT suspected terrorists which is more often the case with detainees) who have been in prison for longer than 10 years have anything to do with saving American lives? That's just nonsense.
Torture is flat out unconstitutional. Period. Obama's program of ending torture (and HOPEFULLY ending permanent detention without trial) has done more good for our country and its safety than ANY of Bush's torture, illegal detention, and kidnappings ever did.
If you don't like living under the law, Somalia has a place for you.
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- Anonymous8 years ago
because he is evil as was the last one and the ones before that