December 30, 2005

BUT...BUT...BUT...GERHARD SCHROEDER AND TED KENNEDY SAID TO STOP...:

Covert CIA Program Withstands New Furor: Anti-Terror Effort Continues to Grow (Dana Priest, , December 30, 2005, Washington Post)

The effort President Bush authorized shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, to fight al Qaeda has grown into the largest CIA covert action program since the height of the Cold War, expanding in size and ambition despite a growing outcry at home and abroad over its clandestine tactics, according to former and current intelligence officials and congressional and administration sources.

The broad-based effort, known within the agency by the initials GST, is compartmentalized into dozens of highly classified individual programs, details of which are known mainly to those directly involved.

GST includes programs allowing the CIA to capture al Qaeda suspects with help from foreign intelligence services, to maintain secret prisons abroad, to use interrogation techniques that some lawyers say violate international treaties, and to maintain a fleet of aircraft to move detainees around the globe. Other compartments within GST give the CIA enhanced ability to mine international financial records and eavesdrop on suspects anywhere in the world.

Over the past two years, as aspects of this umbrella effort have burst into public view, the revelations have prompted protests and official investigations in countries that work with the United States, as well as condemnation by international human rights activists and criticism by members of Congress.

Still, virtually all the programs continue to operate largely as they were set up, according to current and former officials. These sources say Bush's personal commitment to maintaining the GST program and his belief in its legality have been key to resisting any pressure to change course.


You mean he hasn't stopped protecting national security just because the Left has its knickers knotted?

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 30, 2005 7:33 AM
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> "details of which are known mainly to those directly involved"

As opposed to, say, the zinc-plating industry, where those directly involved are ignorant of the details, but fortunately can ask any passerby how hot it should be?

> "Bush's personal commitment to maintaining the GST program and his belief in its legality have been key to resisting any pressure to change course"

Again, as opposed to the administration programs that Bush personally hates and thinks are illegal?

I think we've had a visit from the dreaded Moto, the Master of the Obvious.

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at December 30, 2005 10:40 AM
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