Monday, May 11, 2009

More Damage to National Security Excites the Left

Left-wingers and other torture rights supporters are excited at the prospect that President Obama might do further damage to the CIA by releasing still more classified information on interrogations.  Here's Greg Sargent at The Plum Line referring to a Washington Post story:  
The White House has decided to declassify and release a classified 2004 CIA report about the torture program that is reported to have found no proof that torture foiled any terror plots on American soil — directly contradicting Cheney’s claims. The paper cites “allies” of the White House as a source.

Sargent and others on the left are happy because they think this report will somehow contradict Cheney. They could care less about damage to the CIA, or to future operations. Like the call for prosecutions, their primary interest is political. The lack of logic is also apparent -- as usual -- as Sargent thinks we are somehow need "proof" that plots which never actually took place were foiled.  Intelligence isn't a matter of proof. It's mostly guess work and involves quite a bit of luck. 

Then there is Ali Frick at Think Progress. If you need a good indicator of the views of the utterly clueless left, read pretty much anything she writes. Frick comments on the story:

The truth of the matter — as this 2004 CIA report purportedly shows — is that “enhanced interrogation” doesn’t work. In fact, it endangers American lives and helps terrorists recruit new foot soldiers.

Numerous high-level officials with full access to all classified information, including torture opponents like current Director of National Intelligence Admiral Blair, confirm that enhanced interrogation produced high level intelligence. But some liberal blogger thinks her uninformed opinion is the "truth." 

There is no reason at all to release still more information about CIA interrogations. The information was classified for a reason, and should remained classified. And of course one report "proves" nothing. Since when do we take any single CIA report as some sort of gospel? The left is doing everything possible to cripple the CIA. They refuse to believe every CIA official who speaks out in favor of enhanced interrogation. Yet if one CIA report appears that seems to agree with their preconceived notions, they'll take that with unquestioning faith.


  1. Whatever is done to undermine America and her interests excites the left.

  2. I know they define American interests differently, but it does seem that way.