Archive for January 2009
Barack Obama’s nominee for National Intelligence Director told the Senate Intelligence Committee today that he believes some interrogation techniques should be kept secret so that adversaries can’t train to resist them, The New York Times reports.
“We don’t want to provide open intelligence support for those who are coming after us,” Dennis Blair said.
Well, too late, buddy! Your soon-to-be boss just signed an executive order today that limits all interrogation techniques to what is allowed in the Army Field Manual. Yep, that’s the same field manual that’s available online. Maybe those terrorists don’t have Internet connections that would allow them to see it, though.
The classless Nancy Pelosi described George Bush leaving Washington thusly: “It was like a 10-pound anvil was lifted off my head.”
Now, if only she can do something about the 10-pound anvil that is her head.
Obama is gearing up to close Gitmo within a year. Of course, the big question is what to do with the human debris currently occupying the prison. Obama already decided their military tribunals won’t go forward, so what now?
Here’s a thought: Obama can have the Gitmo detainees bunk with him at the White House. Now that the Dems are back in power, the Lincoln Bedroom should be open again, so that would be a nice place for KSM to rest his head.
Obama was sworn in as president today. Yes, today, the day after he was sworn in at the Capitol building. The second swearing in happened in the White House out of “an abundance of caution” over yesterday’s flubbed recitation of the oath.
“Are you ready to take the oath?” Roberts asked.
“I am, and we’re going to do it very slowly,” Obama replied.
CNN’s stupid headline blames Roberts alone for yesterday’s mess-up, even though the story itself notes that Obama’s interruption may have thrown Roberts off stride, causing him to botch the next phrase.
According to the Constitution, incoming presidents are to recite the following at their swearing-in:
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
When Justice Roberts issued this oath to Obama, he moved “faithfully” to the end of “President of the United States.” Obama started, then paused until Roberts began to repeat the line again. Obama then began to restate the line, and in an apparent concession to Roberts, tacked “faithfully” to the end.
So it appears as though Roberts incorrectly presented the oath to Obama. Still, a teleprompter could have solved this problem, just as it has solved so many of Obama’s other problems.