Thursday, May 14, 2009

What a shock....

The Weekly Standard:

The Obama administration has turned down former Vice President Dick Cheney’s request for the declassification of two CIA reports on the effectiveness of the Agency’s detainee program, THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned. A letter dated May 7, 2009, from the CIA’s Information and Privacy Coordinator, Delores M. Nelson, rejected Cheney’s request because the documents he has requested are involved in a Freedom of Information Act court battle.

I don't know about you, but I am just loving this whole "transparency" thing with this administration.

Heaven forbid that the American public see memos that prove American lives were saved by enhanced interrogation techniques. All they need to know is that these techniques were used. Now move along please.

According to this piece, Obama does indeed have the power to release them.

On April 23rd:

Holder said he had not seen the documents. But added: “It is certainly the intention of this administration not to play hide and seek or not to release certain things in a way that is not consistent with other things. It is not our intention to try to advance a political agenda or to hide things from the American people.”

But you see, he hadn't seen them yet.

More transparency:

In a letter to his intelligence community colleagues sent to explain the release of the OLC memos, Director of National Intelligence, Dennis Blair, wrote: “High value information came from interrogations in which those methods were used and provided a deeper understanding of the al Qaeda organization that was attacking this country.” But when Blair’s office released parts of his letter as a public statement on the subject, that sentence was cut. Blair also noted that members of Congress had been briefed on the methods, but that section was also cut from the public statement.

Cut? Really? You have got to be kidding me.

Remember my friends, it's a shell game.