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Dianne Feinstein’s One-Sided, Self-Serving Political Report On the CIA by The Elephant's Child

Senate Louncheons

Today’s political ‘blockbuster’ is Dianne Feinstein’s release of  the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s interrogation policy during the Bush years, which has finally been made public, for purely political reasons. Make no mistake, this is intended as a political football and is released for only one reason, because the outrage at specific ugly details will be politically convenient.

What the release is supposed to accomplish is not clear. ISIS is already using it as a recruitment tool. The President has said it will endanger our embassies abroad, and Americans serving abroad, but that it is important to release the report because it offends his morals.

Odd, his morality is not bothered by personally ordering drone strikes that kill whole communities of people, nor of cancelling the protection of missile defense that was promised to allies in Eastern Europe. Nor is his morality offended by his unseemly haste to get the troops out of Iraq, and the subsequent thousands of lives lost.  I could go on, but there’s no point. I think he has blundered his way through six years and done real damage to the country because he doesn’t know what he’s doing. But what really offends me is his moralistic posturing.

Feinstein was around when enhanced interrogation began in the Clinton administration, and after 9/11 she was all for it. Desperate times and a need to protect American lives demanded that the CIA get more intelligence. Doesn’t seem so urgent now, and she’s retiring anyway.

From the Wall Street Journal:

After the trauma of 9/11 and amid the anthrax letters in 2001, Americans wanted protection from another terror attack. The political class fired up a commission to examine what went wrong so it “would never happen again.” So the CIA, blamed for not stopping 9/11, tried to oblige. It captured the plotters, detained and interrogated them—sometimes harshly. There hasn’t been another successful al Qaeda plot on the homeland.

But political memories are short. As the Iraq war became unpopular, the anti-antiterror left fought back. Democrats who sensed a political opening began to fault the details of how the CIA and Bush Administration had protected the country—on surveillance, detention and interrogation. Dianne Feinstein and Carl Levin, the lead Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee, unleashed their staff to second-guess the CIA.

“The Senate Intelligence investigators never spoke to us − the leaders of the agency whose policies they are now assailing for partisan reasons.”

Here are links you may find interesting:

Paul Mirengoff at Powerline: “Dianne Feinstein and Her One-Sided, Self-Serving Report On Enhanced Interrogations”
Max Boot at Commentary: “The CIA, Interrogation and Feinstein’s Parting Shot”
Breitbart: “Feinstein. CIA Torture Report A Stain On America’s Values, History
Victor Davis Hanson’s Private Papers: “War Clouds On The Horizon?”

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program

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