In its July 18 article, the Times reported that “[s]hoddy electrical work by private contractors on United States military bases in Iraq is widespread and dangerous, causing more deaths and injuries from fires and shocks than the Pentagon has acknowledged, according to internal Army documents. … The Army report said KBR, the Houston-based company that is responsible for providing basic services for American troops in Iraq, including housing, did its own study and found a ‘systemic problem’ with electrical work.”
Imagine you’re loved one goes off to do their duty. They fight in a war that was based on nonsense about WMD, “urgent” threats, and mutiple implications that Iraq was somehow connected to the events of 9-11. You’re spouse, brother or friend doesn’t die killing terrorists, but dies because of the shoddy work done by a contractor with Whitehouse connections. In Kilmeade’s world and most Conservatives inconvenient deaths should be kept a secret because, well its makes them look bad. Brian is a little upset and embarrassed that the corrupt and ideologically extreme cronies (KBR) that he hand his network have been genuflecting apologists for have been caught being negligent. Death by cronyism doesn’t phase the Right, but the press reporting it does. Nice to know that Republicans still have their values and priorities straight.
Remember the GOP lobbyists and Department of Homeland Security advisor Stephen Payne that was doing some influence peddling in return for cash and Whitehouse access. It turns out he has close ties with Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. Payne has suddenly become remarkably unremarkable. Though he was Vive-Chairman of Hutchinson’s campaigns in 2000 and 2006 and did a little ghost writing for Hutchinson for one of Payne’s lobbying clients the nation of Azerbaijan, a Hutchinson spokesman says nobody remembers him. Hutchinson has been known to flip-flop on some issues like perjury and obstruction, sometimes its important and sometimes its not.
The recent hearings on torture brought up yet again claims that it has probably saved lives, The Truth Is Out on CIA and Torture
Throughout this ugly drama, U.S. leaders have assured the public that the extreme interrogation measures used on detainees have thwarted acts of terrorist and saved thousands of American lives. The trouble with such claims is that professionals who know something of interrogation or intelligence don’t believe them. This is not just because the old hands overwhelmingly believe that torture doesn’t work – it doesn’t – but also because they know that torture creates more terrorists and fosters more acts of terror than it could possibly neutralize.
The administration’s claims of having “saved thousands of Americans” can be dismissed out of hand because credible evidence has never been offered – not even an authoritative leak of any major terrorist operation interdicted based on information gathered from these interrogations in the past seven years.
It is more then odd that after the 9-11 attacks the administration felt it had to torture people to prevent another attack, but would not allow the FBI to question the one suspect they had immediately taken into custody, Justifying’ Torture: Two Big Lies
But once the attacks took place on 9-11, confirming the Minneapolis FBI unit’s worst fears and finally overcoming FBI Headquarters’ reluctance to conduct further searches of Moussaoui’s belongings, there was still little sense of urgency.
At that point, Moussaoui sat atop the list of prime sources for information about any “second wave” of attacks. But the Justice Department persisted in its refusal to allow agents to attempt to interview Moussaoui even after the attacks.
During the afternoon of Sept. 11, 2001, the acting U.S. Attorney denied the unit permission to interview Moussaoui.
Rowley — having seen what just had transpired due, at least in part, to the FBI unit having accepted No for an answer in August — decided to go a rung higher by calling Justice officials in the FBI’s Command Post in Washington on the morning of Sept. 12.
In that conversation, Rowley repeatedly drew attention to the Supreme Court decision (New York v Quarles, 467 U.S. 649, 1984) granting an “exigent-circumstances” exception to the Miranda rule in cases where an interview is judged necessary to protect public safety.
Rowley was told by Justice Department officials that “no such public emergency existed.” This is what Rowley encountered on 9/11 and 9/12.
Moussaoui remained the only al-Qaeda terrorist in custody for many months, but the Justice Department’s ban on interviewing him remained in place — at huge potential cost by forfeiting the possibility of acquiring information on other terrorist activities about which Moussaoui was very probably aware.
This is not merely theoretical. It appears that Moussaoui almost certainly was acquainted with Richard Reid, the “shoe bomber” who on Dec. 22, 2001, almost succeeded in blowing up American Airlines Flight 63 from Paris to Miami with nearly 200 people aboard.
So, in Rowley’s May 21, 2002, letter to FBI Director Mueller, she reminded him that if, as he claimed, priority was now being given to prevention over prosecution, the FBI needed to explore how to apply the Quarles “public safety” exception.
Rowley also reminded Mueller that Minneapolis had not only been prevented from further investigation of Moussaoui before 9/11 but also was prohibited from interviewing him after the attacks on that day.
Ironic considering these recent excuses for torture,
– On May 22, 2008, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice publicly discussed the use of enhanced interrogation techniques: “After Sept. 11, whatever was legal in the face of not just the attacks of Sept. 11, but the anthrax attacks that happened, we were in an environment in which saving America from the next attack was paramount.”
– On June 5, 2008, CIA Director Michael Hayden told Jim Angle of Fox News that it was fear of an imminent attack that led to the controversial interrogation practices – including waterboarding, which Hayden referred to as a “high-end interrogation technique.”
Maybe former FBI agent Coleen Rowley should have asked the Justice Department if she could torture Moussaoui rather then question him. She probably would have gotten immediate approval.