Friday, January 04, 2013
Eyes Wide Shut
...that the CIA's waterboarding produced no useful intelligence--except when it did...
...that a man invited to the Pentagon in an Islamic outreach program after 9/11 was actually purchasing airline tickets for the hijackers before 9/11 according to the FBI, yet he wasn't, according to the FBI.
Yes, the war on terror remains as muddled as ever.
The Zero Dark 30 back and forth on waterboarding is interesting, though. Boals and Bigelow were on "Today" today talking about their award-winning film and refused to take a side on controversy despite prodding by Matt Lauer. Waterboarding was simply part of an overall mosaic, something they compressed into a 2 1/2 hour version of the last 10 years. It's up to the viewer to decide the morals.
Of course if the movie starts at 9/11 they've already taken a side. Telling the UBL story from there is like telling the Saddam Hussein story beginning at the Gulf War. Bin Laden got his start in the 80s and hit stride in the late 90s, besides, who can forget Bill Clinton saying he did more than anyone to catch Bin Laden? Who? Well, apparently the movie makers. No need to drag Hillary into this.
Anyway, KSM's trial will eventually cause some of these questions to pop up again. Obama, a constitutional expert strongly opposed to signing statements, just issued another signing statement on his recent stealthy re-authorization of the NDAA bill, mainly because the bill prevents him from transferring people like KSM to penal facilities here in the states for Article III court trials. That darned Bush, he's responsible for everything! Perhaps the FOIA tiff about Awlaqi and Hillary's presumed testimony on Benghazi will open some eyes that have recently been shut. Or not.
By the way, for a good read on the GWoT from an FBI perspective check out "The Threat Matrix" by Garrett Graff.