The War on Terror is over

Khalid Sheikh Mohammad personally murdered journalist Daniel Pearl. He had the murder video taped. He stood on Pearl’s back, held his hair in his fist, pulled his head back and started sawing at his neck. He sawed the head off of Daniel Pearl as he screamed in fear and terror knowing what was happening. Then, when he finished, he held the man’s head up to the camera that was recording the event. He sent the video to the world.

KSM, by his own admission was the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks. He killed thousands of Americans on a peaceful morning.


KSM had information on other planned al Qaeda attacks. He was waterboarded by the CIA and, basically, “opened his Rolodex.”

That wouldn’t happen today. Under the new rules, all interogations will be supervised by the White House and interrogators can’t touch prisoners. They can’t even lie to them except in carefully outlined ways.

While “lying” might seem like an obvious interrogation method, the Army Field Manual only approves it in very specific circumstances.

Under the “we know all approach,” interrogators are allowed to “subtly” convince the prisoner that they know what he or she knows. This can be complemented by the “file and dossier” approach, in which interrogators present a “file” to a prisoner that appears to be much bigger than it really is, by being “padded with extra paper” and other decorations.

Other methods are mild enough to be authorized in any school principal’s office.

One method, the “direct approach,” is simply when the interrogator asks questions. Another involves creating incentives for cooperation. The “emotional pride” approach is when the interrogator flatters the prisoner into cooperating by appealing to his ego. The “silent approach” is also relatively mild.

“When employing this technique, the (interrogator) says nothing to the source, but looks him squarely in the eye, preferably with a slight smile on his face,” the guide says, urging the interrogator not to be the first to break eye contact.

I use harsher techniques on boys who want to date my teenage daughter.

Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri, according to the 9-11 commission report, was the mastermind of the Oct. 12, 2000, attack on the U.S.S. Cole that killed 17 U.S. sailors.

Nashiri was also the target of an “unauthorized” CIA interrogation technique (that had not been legally vetted by the Justice Department) that is described in a May 7, 2004, CIA inspector general’s report that was partially declassified by the Obama administration this week.

CIA officers blew smoke in Nashiri’s face, according to the report, and they used cigars.

The IG’s office described this smoke-blowing as one of several “unauthorized or undocumented techniques” it discovered had been used in isolated incidents by CIA employees interrogating high-level al-Qaida terrorists.

Can’t we just surrender to al Qaeda and be done with it?

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9 Responses to The War on Terror is over

  1. jollygreen28 says:

    hey R.D. – you neglected to mention that under the new “rules”, these terrorists will have to be “Mirandized” as if they were U.S. cititzens caught shoplifting jock straps. Go figure.

  2. UpNorth says:

    Get out!! The evil bastards actually blew smoke in some guys face? Holy Shit, Batman!!!! Adn, it was Cigar Smoke??? Oh, the inhumanity of it all!!!
    No doubt, the fucking inmates have taken over the asylum…

  3. UNRR says:

    This post has been linked for the HOT5 Daily 8/28/2009, at The Unreligious Right

  4. DarthJay says:

    OMG — I hope they’re not allowed to use that “Comfy Chair” method on terroists. That looks absolutely BRUTAL!


  5. notamobster says:

    I can’t wait to see the intel they develop using the fuzzy-bunny-slippers-of-death.

    America should be sanctioned for her brutality, and forced to do community service by providing a military presence around the world.

  6. R.D. Walker says:

    Perfect commentary…

    Speaker Pelosi’s Disgrace [Peter Kirsanow]

    As I noted yesterday, the CIA IG’s report flatly refutes the claim made by Nancy Pelosi that the CIA never informed her in the fall of 2002 that terror suspects were being waterboarded. In other words, Nancy Pelosi knew that CIA interrogators were using Enhance Interrogation Techniques (“EITs”).

    These same CIA interrogators are now being investigated for conduct that Nancy Pelosi was well aware of, yet never protested. These interrogators face possible criminal prosecution and financial ruin for conduct — taken less than a year after 3,000 Americans had been slaughtered due to the efforts of some of the very terrorists being interrogated — that had been rigorously vetted and approved by counsel and that had the tacit approval of Nancy Pelosi and the other members of the congressional oversight committees.

    Now the Speaker of the House skips away from responsibility by smearing the CIA as liars. And the media can’t bestir themselves to confront the Speaker with basic questions about the bewildering inconsistencies in her story.

    It’s not overstating the case to say that this is an abomination on a host of levels. Where are the media’s guardians of truth and protectors of the little guy now that there’s evidence that the American people have been lied to on a matter of national security and low-level CIA employees are being made the scapegoats?

  7. R.D. Walker says:

    Darth Jay: I know this is hard to believe but it is true. The old woman in the video was treated more harshly than we are now allowed to treat terrorists.

    First, demands are being made the she talk. Under Miranda rights, you have the “right to remain silent.” You cannot be interrogated further once you invoke that right.

    Even in the absence of Miranda rights, it is now illegal to man handle terrorists the way the Cardinals did when they forced the woman in the chair.

    I know this is hard to believe, but the Monty Python characters in the video would have been in violation of the law as it is written today.

  8. Air Force Brat says:

    I don’t think it will be long at all before the CIA says “Screw this” and goes right back to the tried-and-true. The jackasses who brought the country to this pass had better hope and pray that the CIA doesn’t decide to reinstate the “forbidden” techniques on THEM.