Former Vice President Dick Cheney continues to courageously say what needs to be said about this ongoing war. In a statement to The Weekly Standard, Cheney said, "The documents released Monday clearly demonstrate that the individuals subjected to Enhanced Interrogation Techniques provided the bulk of intelligence we gained about al-Qaida." That we gained critical information by firing a gun in an adjacent interrogation room, or by displaying a chainsaw, or even choking a detainee thought to possess critical information ought to be a lesser concern than the number of lives saved because of information these men gave up.
Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), one of the few liberals who comprehends what we face, issued a statement: "I respectfully regret the decision by Attorney General Holder and fear our country will come to regret it too because an open-ended criminal investigation of past CIA activity, which has already been condemned and prohibited, will have a chilling effect on the men and women agents of our intelligence community whose uninhibited bravery and skill we depend on every day to protect our homeland from the next terrorist attack."
Lieberman added, "Career prosecutors in the Justice Department have previously reviewed allegations of abuse and concluded that prosecution was not warranted, with the exception of a CIA contractor who has already been convicted." One can only conclude that politics has trumped common sense at Justice.
CIA Director Leon Panetta courageously defended his agency against allegations by Speaker Nancy Pelosi that the CIA had lied to her. In protecting the CIA, Panetta fulfilled his oath of office. Now that he and his agency have been emasculated, Panetta ought to resign in protest. Many would consider resignation an even greater act of courage and the ultimate expression of patriotism.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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