Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Obama Considers Keeping Secrets Secret

So says the Wall Street Journal:
The Obama administration is leaning toward keeping secret some graphic details of tactics allowed in Central Intelligence Agency interrogations, despite a push by some top officials to make the information public, according to people familiar with the discussions.
The crazy thing is that the government is even considering making such information public in the first place. The secret details of secret operations run by the secret wing of our foreign intelligence agency should be kept secret. I know that's a difficult leap of logic for some to follow. Regardless of what the people whining about torture & yearning for a witch-hunt seem to think, it is almost a certainty that the U.S. will need to employ some of those tactics again in the future, whether under the Obama administration, or under another one involved in a dirty, unconventional conflict and desperate to extract intelligence necessary to protect the country. Exposing the inner-workings of CIA interrogation techniques to the public, and therefore to our enemies, is a really bad idea, among the many ideas out there that are being pushed by those who knowingly or naively want to cripple our intelligence operations by placing them under all sorts of legalistic restrictions.

So far the Obama administration has made little more than symbolic gestures toward its leftist base on national security issues. And it has shown a willingness to adopt Bush administration positions on some of the things Bush was right about. Hopefully it won't sign on with the efforts to castrate the CIA.

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