There you are
Over three-thousand of your people have suddenly been killed in a well executed attack
While people went about their normal routines forces struck the innocent with no warning
The results were catastrophic
National landmarks gone, state buildings ruptured
Thousands of lives lost
Devastation greater than any ever known for your homeland
Who did this? and why?
Everyone is looking to you for leadership and a plan
You know little about the enemy
Your intelligence weakened from previous agency restrictions, limitations and downsizing
You find yourself unprepared
You capture a few bad guys including one of the masterminds who keeps warning of another attack
After interviewing this captive for days he keeps taunting, “soon you will know”
But that is ALL he will say
You learn they are Islamic Extremist Jihadist
You know so little about them
This enemy is not a country, these are not soldiers representing a country, they believe you and your country are Satan and will sacrifice themselves for your destruction
They carry no flag and are not represented in any international body
But this enemy is organized, it took organization and great resources to carry out their attack
They have killed and destroyed in lesser events world wide
They are global
They are organized with an effective network
Why don’t we know more about them?
They are not soldiers
They are not criminals
They wear no uniform
But they spread terror… They are Terrorist
They have declared war against you
They are planning to kill more of you
Your people are shocked and afraid
They look to you for action and assurance
And he is taunting, “soon you will know”
They kill the innocent, the women and children, they take all life… intentionally
They have no rules of engagement
This is not a conflict, this is no traditional battlefield
Yet they have declared war, a holy war
And they dismember captives in the name of their god
Their rules of engagement are sanctified
They have no rules of engagement
Still taunting, “soon you will know”
What, when… we know so little
You represent a moral country
But what are the rules, you are fighting no country, no national force
you are not even sure where the majority of your enemy is located
You are not even sure where their resources come from
You know so little, yet over 3,000 of your people have been killed
And still he taunts … “soon…
You gather you wisest advisors
As leader and defender you assure yourself justifications are valid with the best minds available
and then give the order to allow the use of enhanced interrogation
With no permanent physical or mental harm other than fear and panic a team of medical personal are present as these techniques will hopefully yield results
and they do, without a bruise
Hundreds, perhaps over a thousand lives were saved as a plan was learned of. A plan that involved another terrorist cell flying a jet into the U.S. Bank Tower also know as the Library Towerin Las Angeles. The ninth-tallest building in the United States is still standing and the countless Americans are alive that would not be had this attack not been averted
Another incident revealed more information and the Brooklyn Bridge still stands.
And now the people you protected want to disparage your efforts and some want to criminalize you and those that helped you with the justification of this decision
Now, replay the above scenario, but it is your son that was killed and the captive is taunting that plans are underway to kill his sister, your daughter.
What would you do?
WASHINGTON – President Obama’s national intelligence director told colleagues in a private memo last week that the harsh interrogation techniques banned by the White House did produce significant information that helped the nation in its struggle with terrorists.
“High value information came from interrogations in which those methods were used and provided a deeper understanding of the al Qa’ida organization that was attacking this country,” Adm. Dennis C. Blair, the intelligence director, wrote in a memo to his staff last Thursday.
Some parts of memo deleted
Admiral Blair’s assessment that the interrogation methods did produce important information was deleted from a condensed version of his memo released to the media last Thursday. Also deleted was a line in which he empathized with his predecessors who originally approved some of the harsh tactics after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
“I like to think I would not have approved those methods in the past,” he wrote, “but I do not fault those who made the decisions at that time, and I will absolutely defend those who carried out the interrogations within the orders they were given.”
In previous wars and conflict the majority of our solders who had been captured can attest to how the faithfully any convention on fair treatment of POWs were granted them. Broken limbs, scars, missing fingers, fingernails pulled out and that is a small part of what our soldiers have endured. That is torture, not a practice that has even been used as college initiation hazing in the past.