Former CIA chief “respectfully” condemns Obama attacks on intelligence agents


By: Jim Kouri, CPP

Unlike many former politicians and government officials on the left, former Director of Central Intelligence Thomas Hayden was careful to be respectful of President Barack Obama and his minions during a lecture given on Tuesday regarding terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and a nuclear Iran.

General Hayden made his remarks at the Stimson Center, a Washington D.C. think-tank for military, defense and national security studies. Hayden stated that the handling of the attempted Christmas Day bombing of an airplane near the Detroit International Airport underlined deficiencies within the U.S. intelligence community.

While he said he opposed the creation of a “super-spook position,” Hayden said he believes the Director of National Intelligence office created by President George W. Bush — following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 — can successfully protect American interests.

The former Air Force general and National Security Agency chief slammed the Obama Administration’s decision to release classified Justice Department memos justifying CIA interrogation techniques, according to Fox News Channel national security correspondent Catherine Herridge.

Hayden said during his lecture that he believes the release of such documents negatively effects U.S. covert activities. One consequence of the document release and Department of Justice statements regarding CIA actions is that officials and operatives will fear being scapegoated years later for political reasons.

“Every agency officer today will say, ‘I’ve seen this movie. I used to think this was a contract with the American government. I have been taught this is a contract with an administration. And this contract has the half-life of one election cycle in the American political system.’ That is a very bad place for the espionage system to be,” Gen. Hayden is quoted as saying by Fox News.
During the Summer of 2009, the Obama White House announced that the CIA will no longer interrogate suspected terrorists. Any and all interrogations will be conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation under the direct supervision of a member of the Obama Administration.

The move was part of Attorney General Eric Holder’s intention at that time to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate CIA agents involved in interrogations that had already been investigated by the CIA’s Inspector General’s Office. Holder’s critics had pointed out at the time that his law firm represented several terrorists who were tried by the U.S. and his justice department is now home to many of those same defense attorneys.

Groups such as Amnesty International, Code Pick and others applauded Attorney General Holder’s decision to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate cases brought to the Department of Justice against members of the Central Intelligence Agency. The premise of this questionable investigation was the allegations of misconduct by interrogators who questioned suspected terrorist leaders and their foot soldiers.

According to the CIA’s inspector general’s report, during Bush-era interrogations of suspects, CIA agents carried out mock executions — although no one was physically harmed — and the agents made threats of violent torture.

“Attorney General Holder has been biting at the bit since he took office in January to go after someone — anyone — regarding what he views as torture, although the IG’s report reveals there were only threats of doing physical harm to the terrorists and their associates,” said former NYPD Det. Sid Frances, a former intelligence officer.

“The timing of this news is suspect, as well. Obama’s having trouble with his left-wing supporters and with this move by Holder, the Obama Admninistration is throwing them a bone to keep them from deserting him during his push to pass a health care bill,” said the decorated detective and former Marine.

Larry Cox, Amnesty International USA’s executive director, issued the following statement about the release of various documents and announcements regarding Holder’s action: “That the Bush administration was prepared to abandon America’s human rights legal obligations is a cautionary tale for those who think any nation can disregard human rights in the fight against terrorism. The report demonstrates that the US government agencies’ internal monitoring systems are unreliable in upholding American values or laws. Compliance comes through disclosure and reform.”

“The IG’s report demonstrates that it is more important than ever that a comprehensive and independent investigation with the full force of the law is created to reveal and hold accountable those who requested, devised and carried out illegal counter-terrorism practices. It’s time to appoint a special prosecutor to prove that U.S. laws will be enforced, no matter who violated them,” said Cox.

Meanwhile, many security and intelligence professionals are not happy about this latest round of accusations and its creation of a new media feeding frenzy during a time of war.

“Holder was a Clinton Justice Department bigwig who — along with another Associate Attorney General, Jamie Goerlick — actually contributed to the US being blind-sided on September 11, 2001. During the Clinton Administration, [Attorney General Janet] Reno, Holder and Goerlick prohibited FBI agents from sharing information with the CIA and vice versa. They even forbade FBI agents involved with intelligence gathering or counterintelligence from communicating with FBI agents involved in law enforcement. A terrorist couldn’t have created a better scenario,” said security analyst George McHugh.

“These people — Obama, Holder, MoveOn.Org, the ACLU and others — are working hard to make Americans less safe and terrorists more secure. It’s insanity,” he said.

Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he’s a columnist for The Examiner (examiner.com) and New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he’s a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty.

He’s former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He’s also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He’s a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he’s syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc.

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About The Author Jim Kouri, CPP:
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for The Examiner (examiner.com) and New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc. To subscribe to Kouri's newsletter write to COPmagazine@aol.com and write "Subscription" on the subject line.
Website:http://jimkouri.us

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