CIA saved lives; Senate’s partisan enhanced interrogations report endangers Americans

It was infuriating watching outgoing Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein on the Senate floor Tuesday vividly describe, “the sound of bodies striking canopies at ground level as innocents jumped to the ground below from the World Trade Center,” and within seconds state, “In 1990, the United States Senate ratified the Conventions Against Torture.”

There was no mention by Senator Feinstein that CIA Directors under Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama are all on the record stating enhanced interrogations worked.

During all her years on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Feinstein never introduced legislation to ban enhanced interrogation techniques. Her report made no recommendations which is the main oversight function of the Intelligence Committee.

Successive DOJ investigations by the Bush and Obama administrations brought no charges related to the use of OLC-approved EITs. Does any rational person truly believe Attorney General Eric Holder would not have prosecuted CIA officers and contractors had he found evidence of torture?

We are still at war; Americans are getting their heads cut off by terrorists driven by the same ideology that drove 19 hijackers to slaughter 3,000 men, women, and children on 9/11.

As The Washington Free Beacon illustrates, the Islamic State immediately began using Senator Feinstein’s 5 1/2-year, American taxpayers funded handiwork to incite further atrocities and recruit to their bloody and vile jihad:

This tweet from Abu Bakr #Caliph (undoubtedly a reference to IS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi) urges outraged Muslims to curb-stomp their offenders: “From now on when someone accuses your Muslim brother of terrrorism, stick the #torture_report on the heel of your shoe and shove it in his mouth.”

The Twitter user Mus’ab al-Iraqi justified torture of Americans: “The #torture_report says that torture was necessary to prevent possible attacks, I hope for reciprocity and we say that torture was necessary to prevent American attacks.”

If you only read the opening letter in rebuttal to the Senate “study” by the current Director of Central Intelligence John Brennan, you will begin to know the CIA’s detention and interrogation program worked. And make no mistake about Mr. Brennan’s politics; he served as President Obama’s chief counterterrorism advisor from day one of this administration before being appointed as the DCI:

“Notwithstanding the above areas of agreement, there are several areas of disagreement as well. In particular, the Agency disagrees with the Study’s unqualified assertions that the overall detention and interrogation program did not produce unique intelligence that led terrorist plots to be disrupted, terrorists to be captured, or lives to be saved. The Study’s claims on this score are inconsistent with the factual record, and we provide detailed comments in TAB C on where and why the Study’s assertions and representations are wrong.”

In part, DCI Brennan added: “I have carefully reviewed and concur with the Agency’s comments…”

The CIA’s TAB C rebuttal ‘Information on the Courier that Led to the UBL Operation‘ and all 20 of it’s detailed debunkings are stark evidence that Senator Feinstein’s “study” is a $40 million dollar pack of deliberate distortions.

9/11 Families for a Safe and Strong America stands with those who did what was necessary to prevent further attacks. We know that the CIA saved lives.

We are saddened by the political partisanship that divides, and fear for our homeland and those that serve it abroad in harm’s way. More bitter days may lie ahead; America can and must rise together as a Nation once again.

Post updated at 11:16 a.m. December 11, 2014. The spelling of Dianne Feinstein’s first name was corrected.

  5 comments for “CIA saved lives; Senate’s partisan enhanced interrogations report endangers Americans

  1. Robert Reeg
    December 12, 2014 at 8:01 am

    [Editor’s note: — This comment is a reprint of a retired FDNY firefighter, his as submitted letter to the editor of the New York Post. It is posted here with his permission.]

    Dear Editor:

    As a former FDNY firefighter and 9/11 survivor I am writing to express my outrage over Senator Feistein’s SSCI Majority report on interrogations. I also wish to convey my support for the CIA and the enhanced interrogations.

    Editor — A bloodied FDNY firefighter Robert Reeg tries to breath as he awaits an ambulance near West and Liberty Streets moments after the South Tower collapsed. Flying World Trade Center steel flattened him to the ground and collapsed a lung. Photo credit: Joe McCarthy.

    It saddens me that in the years since that dark day so many Americans have forgotten the horror of the WTC attack, and the threat that we lived under in the aftermath. It was known than more attacks had been planned and these had to be stopped, by any means necessary. Has everyone forgotten what it was like having State Troopers and Soldiers guarding our transportation facilities with machine guns?

    The rights of past, present and future victims must supersede the rights of terrorists. How can we send First Responders in to rescue terror victims when they know the perpetrators have more rights than they do? The 20th hijacker was apprehended in August of 2001. His rights were respected and looked what happened. If Zacarius Moussaoui had been waterboarded he would had given up the WTC plan and it could have been prevented. Do you see how much death and destruction was caused by protecting one terrorist’s rights?

    The left likes to draw a “moral equivalency” between America and its enemies. I shall do so as well. At ground zero we firefighter witnessed, at close hand, numerous trapped people jumping to their death from the upper floors of the Towers. I was crushed in the collapse and taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital where the doctors cut my chest open while I was wide awake. The person in the next gurney was burned to a crisp, but still alive and screaming in agony. What about our rights? Does Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, the true mastermind of 9/11, have more rights than we do?

    Furthermore, the [SSCI] report stating that no valuable intelligence was collected from the interrogations is a lie. About 70% of the knowledge of how al Qaeda conducts its day-to-day operations was garnered from the interrogations. Several key terror figures were apprehended and other attacks were prevented thanks to the interrogations.

    In conclusion, this recent phenomenon of sending our First responders, military personnel and CIA officers into harms way, and then stabbing them in the back to political reasons is immoral and must cease immediately if we are to survive as a nation.

    Don’t tread on me!

  2. December 12, 2014 at 7:27 am

    We are partisans for defending our Nation.

  3. John
    December 11, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Your entire organization is a thinly veiled politically-motivated joke. No one takes you seriously. Go find someone other than the consensus worst Vice President in American history (Dick Please-Die Cheney) to support your fraud.

  4. Nelofar Shafi
    December 11, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    The President is right. ISIS practices , definitely NOT ISLAM.
    The prophets came as a “Mercy for this world”, not as mass executioners.
    Islam condemns transgression of limits.
    “The killing of one innocent person is like killing the whole humanity.”
    the Quran says. Slaughter of human beings and collective punishment is against the Principles of islam.

  5. Janet
    December 11, 2014 at 9:56 am

    There is a special place in hell for the likes of Feinstein.

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