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UPDATE; Enhanced Interrogation – and new CIA Director Gina Haspel March 14, 2018

Posted by Chris Mark in Uncategorized.
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enhancedinterrogationWith the newly announced nomination of Gina Haspel as the country’s first female CIA director, there are some questions about her role in overseeing the ‘black sites’ where enhanced interrogation was applied to terrorists.  There are also pundits from all sides (including Senator John McCain) coming out with strong words against Ms. Haspel.  I would recommend that anyone with an interest in this country and this situation read the book Enhanced Interrogation by the man who actually designed, delivered and managed enhanced interrogation.  It changed my view.

Like most Americans I was horrified at the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks that killed over 3,000 people.  In the aftermath of the attacks, the US Government embarked on a mission to kill or capture terrorist leaders and stop another attack.  One of the most controversial measures approved to gain information was called ‘Enhanced Interrogation’ and included, specifically, waterboarding, sleep deprivation, and physical coercion.  When  knowledge of this program broke, it caused an uproar in the US.  In fact, the US Senate Intelligence Committee put out a report that called the process torture.

With the publication of Dr. James Mitchell’s (PhD) book Enhanced Interrogation, the reader finally gets a first hand look at the who, what, where, why, and when of the EI program.  Before I purchased and read the book, I had some very pointed views on the idea of EI and waterboarding.  Reading the book caused me to really think about what I knew about the program and people involved.  The writing was great and the story was really insightful.  I think Dr. Mitchell did a great job on this book and telling a very difficult story.   Here is a great interview with Dr. Mitchell.   If you have any interest in this subject, you need to pick up this book!



General Patraeus (Betray-Us) and Gun Control June 13, 2016

Posted by Chris Mark in Uncategorized.
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121113033840-david-petraeus-horizontal-large-galleryWhen I first read this story I thought it was a joke.  Famous betrayer of his own country David Patraeus (pronounced Betray-US) and retired astronaut Mark Kelly have started a new gun control group called Veterans Coalition for Common Sense. The next by Mark Kelly  is priceless.

“As service members, each of us swore an oath to protect our Constitution and the homeland. Now we’re asking our leaders to do more to protect our rights and save lives,”

As a reminder, General Patraeus (head of the CIA at the time) was forced to resign after it was discovered he was having an affair with his biographer.  After pleading guilty to a misdemeanor (many felt his actions warranted a felony conviction), Patraeus was sentenced to 2 years probation and a $100,000 fine for giving classified information to his mistress.

Here is a man armed with a PhD and who spent 37 years serving his country that compromised the safety and security of his own country and those with whom he served to help his lover.  He betrayed his wife, his family and his country.  Patraeus “…swore an oath to protect our Constitution…” and instead violated the oath for his own selfish purposes.

He espouses the need for ‘common sense’ yet did not have the common sense to not compromise national security for his mistress and does not have the ‘common sense’ to recognize the hypocrisy of his own actions.

Patraeus could not be convinced under the threat of prison to not share secrets with his lover yet now expects that tougher gun laws will prevent other criminals (since he is a criminal) to be deterred from violating new laws related to guns.

Let that sink in for a moment..

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