Jan 29, 2010
Show 507 Book- Courting Disaster: How the CIA Kept America Safe and How Barack Obama Is Inviting the Next Attack. Audio MP3
Show 507 Courting Disaster: How the CIA Kept America Safe and How Barack Obama Is Inviting the Next Attack. Michael Medved interviews author Marc Thiessen.
How the CIA's enhanced-interrogation program prevented a "second wave" of attacks on America -- and how President Obama is putting us in danger again
Few Americans know of al Qaeda's 2006 plot to hijack seven American passenger jets and blow them up as they crossed the Atlantic. Fewer still know that this was just one of many post-9/11 terrorist plots that were foiled thanks to information obtained by waterboarding the captured 9/11 mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed ("KSM”). Yet, immediately upon taking office, President Barack Obama began to dismantle this vital program, and released reams of documents describing the techniques used to interrogate KSM and other high-value terrorists -- claiming that such techniques not only constituted "torture" but were also ineffective. While Obama's release of these documents has done enormous damage to our national security, it has also make it possible to prove that he is wrong on both counts.
Courting Disaster: How the CIA Kept America Safe and How Barack Obama Is Inviting the Next Attack contains some of the most sensitive intelligence information our country possesses: the secrets behind how the CIA successfully interrogated the men who killed thousands on September 11, 2001, and stopped them from killing thousands more. Written by former Bush administration insider Mark Thiessen -- who spent countless hours with the individuals who ran the CIA program -- Courting Disaster tells the story of how America's dedicated intelligence professionals went head- to-head with the world's most dangerous terrorists, got them to tell us their plans, and kept America safe for eight years -- until Barack Obama exposed their secrets to the enemy, unilaterally disarmed in the face of terror, and invited the next attack.
In exposing these secrets, writes Thiessen, President Obama repeated a number of lies about the CIA program -- falsehoods that have been widely echoed in the news media and have become part of the conventional wisdom. Courting Disaster challenges that conventional wisdom, and refutes the false arguments that have been made Obama and the critics of the CIA program. For instance:
Obama and other critics have charged that enhanced interrogation techniques such as waterboarding are "torture." Thiessen shows why they are not.
Obama has said the CIA program "did not make us safer." Thiessen proves that it did.
Obama has said that America could have "gotten [the] same information without resorting to these techniques." Thiessen shares the secret behind the success of the CIA program -- and why we could not have gotten the vital intelligence it produced without these techniques.
Obama said that releasing highly-classified information about the CIA program did not damage our security because "so much of the information. . .had been publicly acknowledged. The covert nature of the information had been compromised." Thiessen provides specific examples of how the information Obama released -- information that was not publicly known -- will aid our enemies and put America at greater risk of another terrorist attack.
Obama went to the CIA and told the men and women who work there "you'e got my full support." Thiessen shows how Obama's actions have decimated morale at the CIA, damaged our ability to recruit and retain quality officers for the counter-terrorism mission, and made our intelligence community increasingly risk-averse at a time when we need them leaning forward to stop new attacks.
Obama has said the CIA program is not "consistent with who we are" and that it "corrodes the character of [our] country." Thiessen shows why the program is not only essential to our security, but fully consistent with the values of our country.
Obama has said that the CIA program damaged America's reputation and "undermine[d] our moral authority" in the world. Thiessen shows why it is the critics -- not the men and women of the CIA -- who have damaged America's reputation with false accusations of torture, and shameful comparisons of the actions of CIA officials to those of the Khmer Rouge and Japanese war criminals.
Among the most revealing disclosures in Courting Disaster are the many specific terrorist plots that were foiled thanks to from interrogations of terrorists in CIA custody. You'll discover, for instance, how information from detainees in CIA custody led to. . .
. . .the arrest of al Qaeda terrorist Jose Padilla, who was sent to America on a mission to blow up high-rise apartment buildings using natural gas
. . .the capture of a cell of Southeast Asian terrorists which had been tasked by KSM to fly a passenger jet into the Library Tower in Los Angeles
. . .the capture of Ramzi Bin al-Shibh, KSM's right-hand-man in the 9/11 attacks, just as he was finalizing plans for a plot to hijack airplanes in Europe and fly them into Heathrow airport and buildings in downtown London
. . .the disruption of a plot to replicate the destruction at our embassies in East Africa -- this time in Pakistan
. . .the disruption of a plot to blow up our Marine base in Djibouti, which could have rivaled the 1983 bombing of our Marine barracks in Beirut
. . .the breaking up an al Qaeda cell that was developing anthrax for terrorist attacks inside the United States
America has gone nearly eight years without another terrorist attack on our soil for one reason only: in the months and years after 9/11, we captured many of al Qaeda"s top operational leaders and got them to tell us what they were planning. This achievement is taken for granted in some quarters today. But think back to that morning of September 12, 2001. Would you have believed, back then, that it was possible? If not, read Courting Disaster to find out who to thank, how they did it -- and how President Obama is putting America in danger again.
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