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Rendition and the new interrogation unit…….

I see that the White house has announced that the Bush policy of rendition, will continue…….with the add-on that the State Department will check to make sure no one turned over to a third country gets tortured……Of, course that is just face dressing since the United States can’t stop another sovereign nation from handling someone any way they want once the CIA handlers drop them off (not that the CIA won’t call back later for a transcript of what the guy said)……

On the interrogation unit thing…..this is my read……The Head of the unit….. will be an FBI agent, who will report to the National Security Council Chair……..which should make the unit principally concerned only about prosecuting that individual……..FBI agents are law enforcement officers……they build criminal cases…….and since they will be working on only the top named bad guys…..the rest will go through the system, with no change, right?

In addition, I suppose…..the first people to get their hands on the hot list people that the military doesn’t kill, will get a Q & A from the local military intel people, who will then hand the bad guy over to the CIA for a quick Q & A session before the  ‘WH specials’ arrive from DC………if , I’m even remotely correct here…..the CIA can live with this, and nothing really changes……….

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August 25, 2009 Posted by | Military, Politics | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Holder and the CIA…When something isn't what it seems……..

First let me say up front…this is my take…….

Ok…… I’ve sat on this story for about 20 hours, to let it season…and I believe the story is cover fire…..Attorney General Holder has named John Durham to be Justice’s special investigator on 12 cases….given to Justice by the CIA …with prisoner abuse problems…..That got everyone’s attention, right?…….but there are few caveats that go along with the story…….

First of all …these cases were initially given to the BUSH DOJ and dropped…Second……Bill Burton the WH press guy filling in for Gibbs’s mentioned yesterday this quote……..” He (Obama )  agrees with the attorney general that anyone who conducted actions that had been sanctioned should not be prosecuted”……third……Obama clearly has put distance between the story by saying that this is ALL Holder and the CIC doesn’t want to intervene…….

Now if anyone doesn’t think Emmanuel and his staff haven’t gamed this out they’re crazy…….the first thing any political junkie or press person would think is that is political problems for Obama…..but stop and think……Obama has limited this really to do the people who gave the okay to the grunts……any grunt that did something not covering their behind is expendable….and I’ll bet the spot light is gonna end up very bright on one person…..John Yo…..the guy who said the whole thing was Okay in the first place……….

So in the end this isn’t a broad fishing expedition at all……in the end Obama has separated himself from the investigation…and dropped it back in Bush’s lap……and will not bother the guys who did their job under the approval of the nation’s senior law organization.

Update:……While I stand by my analysis of this situation from Obama’s point of view…the inquiry is not sitting well with intelligence community…..seven former CIA chiefs have written to Obama asking that the Justice Department cease and desist in the Holder action on post 9/11 interrogations……..Obama and Justice have reinforced the fact they are not going after the grunts…….but the ex-chiefs are fearful that ‘sources and methods’ maybe compromised in the inquiry. and that the inquiry will have ‘chilling’ effect on the agencies staff…………I expect that in the end it will be Wu, or the whole thing will go away……

August 25, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Holder and the CIA…When something isn’t what it seems……..

First let me say up front…this is my take…….

Ok…… I’ve sat on this story for about 20 hours, to let it season…and I believe the story is cover fire…..Attorney General Holder has named John Durham to be Justice’s special investigator on 12 cases….given to Justice by the CIA …with prisoner abuse problems…..That got everyone’s attention, right?…….but there are few caveats that go along with the story…….

First of all …these cases were initially given to the BUSH DOJ and dropped…Second……Bill Burton the WH press guy filling in for Gibbs’s mentioned yesterday this quote……..” He (Obama )  agrees with the attorney general that anyone who conducted actions that had been sanctioned should not be prosecuted”……third……Obama clearly has put distance between the story by saying that this is ALL Holder and the CIC doesn’t want to intervene…….

Now if anyone doesn’t think Emmanuel and his staff haven’t gamed this out they’re crazy…….the first thing any political junkie or press person would think is that is political problems for Obama…..but stop and think……Obama has limited this really to do the people who gave the okay to the grunts……any grunt that did something not covering their behind is expendable….and I’ll bet the spot light is gonna end up very bright on one person…..John Yo…..the guy who said the whole thing was Okay in the first place……….

So in the end this isn’t a broad fishing expedition at all……in the end Obama has separated himself from the investigation…and dropped it back in Bush’s lap……and will not bother the guys who did their job under the approval of the nation’s senior law organization.

Update:……While I stand by my analysis of this situation from Obama’s point of view…the inquiry is not sitting well with intelligence community…..seven former CIA chiefs have written to Obama asking that the Justice Department cease and desist in the Holder action on post 9/11 interrogations……..Obama and Justice have reinforced the fact they are not going after the grunts…….but the ex-chiefs are fearful that ‘sources and methods’ maybe compromised in the inquiry. and that the inquiry will have ‘chilling’ effect on the agencies staff…………I expect that in the end it will be Wu, or the whole thing will go away……

August 25, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment