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Monday, May 2, 2011

The Irony Grows Deeper - Key Intel Came From Enhanced Interrogations In Secret Prisons

It will be interesting to see how this plays out, via AP:
Officials say CIA interrogators in secret overseas prisons developed the first strands of information that ultimately led to the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Current and former U.S. officials say that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, provided the nom de guerre of one of bin Laden’s most trusted aides. The CIA got similar information from Mohammed’s successor, Abu Faraj al-Libi. Both were subjected to harsh interrogation tactics inside CIA prisons in Poland and Romania.
The ironies of this story are growing deeper and deeper by the hour. 

Obama and his supporters, who opposed the secret intelligence operations and interrogations as illegal, now are reaping the political benefits of those operations and interrogations.

Alternative characterization:
 “Obama may be re-elected because George Bush had the good sense not to listen to Obama.”

And Cheney’s assassination squad just killed bin Laden.  More on Cheney's assassination squad here.

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  1. See what a fun visit to a waterboarding theme park can do?

    I'd love to see Israel test our lefty friends' newfound love of targeted assassination and go after every single terrorist in any position of authority/leadership they've had their eyes on ... immediately!

    And then when the usual suspects suddenly stop cheering and throwing Obama up in the air in celebration and turn on a dime and get indignant ... Israel just says, "Excuse me?"

  2. Like water off a duck's back, the human brain, once infected with leftism is impervious to facts, logic, wisdom, prudence, shame and charges of hypocrisy.

    Why should this time be any different?

  3. Professor, I'd never heard of Dan Friedman. Nice find! Reminds me a bit of Jonathan Richman (from whom, a video or two wouldn't go amiss).

  4. Obama and his supporters, who opposed the secret intelligence operations and interrogations as illegal...

    They said that they oppose them as illegal...but they lie. Their opposition was always purely political.

    It is great that we finally got Bin Laden. It is sweet sweet irony that we got him via boots-on-the ground 120 miles or so inside a country that we are not at war with based on intelligence that we tortured out of people has the leftys dancing in the streets chanting "4 more years".

  5. Next paragraph in your quoted story has the doozy of a line " Former president George W. Bush authorized the CIA to use the harshest interrogation tactics in U.S. history".
    This is beyond lazy, beyond journalistic , and well into judgment laden tripe. I believe our methods in WWII, CIvil and Revolutionary War, included comfy pillows and hot tea. Has the press no credibility left?

  6. Professor Jacobson, I know that cartoonists Chris Muir and Mark Smith read your blog. The irritating gloating and in-your-face attitude by friends on Facebook giving Obama 100% credit for the killing of bin Laden caused this cartoon to flash in my mind (but I can't draw!!!) If Chris or Mark take requests, they can run with it ...

    The scene: The last few seconds of a hard-fought championship football game. Quarterback George W. Bush is being congratulated and shaking hands with teamates on the sidelines for pulling out the grueling win over four long quarters of play.

    10 seconds remain on the clock and the other team has no time outs. The second-string quarterback, Barack Obama, is sent in to take the last snap and put one knee down, thanks to a sweet coach who wants all his players to be able to say they played in the game. His teammates watch nervously, afraid he might fumble the snap and somehow botch it, but he takes the snap and puts one knee down to end the game as the clock runs out.

    Suddenly his entire family, all his relatives, all his childhood friends rush on to the field and start throwing him up in the air again and again, shouting, "He won the game !! He won the game !!!"

    It's great to see the team win, and he is on the team ... but watching that is a little bit too much.

  7. When gas drops to below $3/gal, and substantial numbers of unemployed start landing jobs again, then we'll see Obama get four more years. Killing bin Laden was just the completion of a necessary "shovel-ready" job.

  8. Republicans control the House (no RINO McCain or RINO Graham to screw things up) so why not pass legislation overturning Obama's executive order banning "enhanced interrogation" and then lets see if the Dem senate will vote it down or Obama will veto!