The Dillard Doctrine

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Memo to the President

Mr. President,

Last week, your administration decided it was well and prudent to declassify and release the legal justifications for enhanced interrogation techniques that were used in the Global War on Terror Overseas Contingency Operation against Man-Caused Disasters.

Which then led to this-which anyone with common sense could’ve seen coming…

A Tunisian man claims he was tortured by the CIA eight months before a Justice Department memo sanctioned the practice.

Rafiq Alhami makes his claims in a lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court in Newark.

The suit claims Alhami was kicked, punched, threatened with dogs and kept shackled in painful positions at three secret CIA sites in Afghanistan in 2001.

…which is why these memos never should’ve been released in the first place. But I digress.

Now, there’s this, from Jake Tapper (@jaketapper on Twitter):

In a letter from the Justice Department to a federal judge yesterday, the Obama administration announced that the Pentagon would turn over to the American Civil Liberties Union 44 photographs showing detainee abuse of prisoners in Afghanistan and Iraq during the Bush administration.

The photographs are part of a 2003 Freedom of Information Act request by the ACLU for all information relating to the treatment of detainees — the same battle that led, last week, to President Obama’s decision to release memos from the Bush Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel providing legal justifications for harsh interrogation methods that human rights groups call torture.

Courts had ruled against the Bush administration’s attempts to keep the photographs from public view. ACLU attorney Amrit Singh tells ABC News that “the fact that the Obama administration opted not to seek further review is a sign that it is committed to more transparency.”

“More transparency?” Are you serious? Alright, Mr. President, I’ll play your game. If your goal is true transparency, then here’s what you need to do:

Since it’s becoming increasingly obvious that you really don’t care as much for national security as you do for fulfilling your promises to the ACLU/MoveOn crowd (hey, they did get you elected, so I understand), then why not release the actual information that was obtained during this supposed “torture?”

Yeah, that’s right. Declassify all the information that we obtained every time we interrogated a detainee in a way that made them feel not so great. Let the country see it. Doesn’t require a special prosecutor, Sen. Leahy’s “truth” commission (which may land the good Speaker Pelosi in prison, if she can’t get her story straight), or the Lightman Group to get to the bottom of what information we got. We’ve already seen that you’ve mastered the powers of declassification, so…put it all out there, and let the country decide whether or not it what we did to get it was worth what we got.

If you’re unwilling to do that (whether you can or not isn’t an issue, as you are the President of the United States), then you need to grow something resembling a spine and tell the ACLU, MoveOn and (insert more leftist organizations here) to kick rocks.

Or, put more respectfully…stop politicizing our intelligence agencies and their work. Either put the whole story up…or shut up.



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