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Monday, June 14, 2004

What's So Wrong With Interrogation?

The Washington Post is reporting that:
A Somali native living in Ohio has been charged with plotting with other al Qaeda operatives to blow up a Columbus-area shopping mall, according to an indictment unsealed Monday.

Gee, I wonder what would have happened if we listened to the moonbats in the looney left and the Red Cross in deciding how to get information out of these animals.
The four-count indictment, returned by a grand jury in Columbus, Ohio, charges that Nuradin Abdi, 32, conspired with admitted al Qaeda member Iyman Faris and others to detonate a bomb at the unidentified shopping mall after he obtained military-style training in Ethiopia.
His friends ain't too nice either.
Faris is serving a 20-year federal sentence after pleading guilty last June to providing material support to al Qaeda. Faris, an Ohio-based truck driver originally from Kashmir, admitted plotting to sever the cables supporting the Brooklyn Bridge in New York and to derail trains in New York or Washington.

Neither of those plots came to fruition.

Faris had received instructions from top al Qaeda leader Khalid Shaikh Mohammed for what might have been a second wave of attacks to follow those of Sept. 11, 2001, investigators say. Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the hijackings, is in U.S. custody at an undisclosed overseas location.
Of course, as you can guess, Al Queada Bullshit Channel (ABC) isn't too pleased with the methods of interrogations we've used on these pieces of scum. Neither, apparently, is the AP.
Agency interrogators used a tactic known as "water boarding" on terrorism suspect Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, a tactic in which a strapped-down prisoner is pushed under water, making him believe he might drown, the Times reported. Mohammed is believed to have helped plan the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

"We have blunder after blunder after blunder," Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., said this morning on NBCÂ’s "Today" show.

"We have to know the climate, the atmosphere, who gave the green light for the violation of the Geneva Conventions" on treatment of prisoners of war, Kennedy said.
Does this mean that notorious Kerry Campaign Fluffer Teddy Kennedy is complaining that we've stopped these attacks? Or is he simply willing to blow the nation's security future away in an attempt to elect his John. (I'll post the appropriate picture later)

apparently, MSNBC and the New York Times are:
The interrogation tactics are intended to simulate torture, but officials told the New York Times that they are supposed to stop short of serious injury. Such authorized measures include hooding, roughing up, soaking with water, and depriving prisoners of food, light, and medications.

In one case, an alleged planner of the Sept. 11 attacks, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, was strapped down, pushed under water and made to believe he would drown — a technique known as "water boarding," the paper said.

Counterterrorism officials reportedly said that the methods used by the CIA are so harsh that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has warned its agents not to participate in the interrogations of high-level detainees — the techniques employed by the CIA would be prohibited in criminal cases and could compromise FBI agents in future cases.

The agency has so far not allowed any independent observer or human rights group access to top al-Qaida prisoners.
So?????? Let us remind ourselves what we are facing here again. And this time, they are trying to strike at the heartland, not a cosmopolitan city on our border that is otherwise filled with danger and somewhat prepared for an attack.

Gary Taustine, Image #2216, The September 11 Digital Archive, 10 September 2003,

More later.

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