CIA deserves gratitude not prosecutors

Politico:

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said in a statement Tuesday that the Obama administration's decision to name a prosecutor to look into Bush-era interrogations of suspected terrorists should foster "doubts about this administration’s ability to be responsible for our nation’s security.”

"The people involved deserve our gratitude," Cheney said. "They do not deserve to be the targets of political investigations or prosecutions."

Cheney maintains that records released this week show that waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques "provided the bulk of intelligence we gained about al Qaeda" after the Sept. 11 attacks.

A Democratic official disputed that assertion, saying a 2004 report by the CIA's inspector general, released Monday, did not conclude that "enhanced interrogation techniques" themselves were effective. On Page 100, the report says that the “effectiveness of particular interrogation techniques in eliciting information that might not otherwise have been obtained cannot be so easily measured.” On page 85, it says that “[m]easuring the effectiveness of EITs ... is a ... subjective process and not without some concern.”

Cheney said in the statement: “The documents released Monday clearly demonstrate that the individuals subjected to Enhanced Interrogation Techniques provided the bulk of intelligence we gained about al Qaeda. This intelligence saved lives and prevented terrorist attacks. These detainees also, according to the documents, played a role in nearly every capture of al Qaeda members and associates since 2002.

The reports indicate how reckless Democrats are willing to be with out national security. They would put at risk the lives of Americans to prevent any discomfort to the perpetrators of mass murder attacks against us. This should be an issue in future elections and it is not one that will be helpful to Democrats.

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