December 16, 2007


In defense of the CIA (Terence P. Jeffrey, 12/16/07, Washington Times)

The foiled plot involving Hijazi and Abu Hoshar, according to the commission, aimed to attack the Radisson Hotel in Amman, the border crossing between Israel and Jordan, two Christian holy places and an airport. The idea was to hit them "at a time when all these locations were likely to be thronged with American and other tourists." Abu Zubaydah approved the plan.

After he was captured, the commission said Hijazi's little brother bragged that the terrorist group's motto was: "The season is coming, and the bodies will pile up in sacks."

Two weeks after these terrorists were detained in Jordan, Customs arrested Ahmed Ressam trying to enter the U.S. from Canada. Ressam had a bomb in his car that he intended to detonate at Los Angeles International Airport. [...]

After September 11, Congress authorized war against al Qaeda. The following March, Abu Zubaydah was severely wounded while being captured. Reports in The Washington Post and New York Times over the last week have revealed that after Zubaydah was nursed out of a coma in Pakistan, officers of the Central Intelligence Agency tried to get him to reveal what he knew about terrorist plans against the United States. He was not forthcoming.

Eventually, he was flown to another country where he was waterboarded for 35 seconds. John Kiriakou, a CIA interrogator who had failed to get valuable information out of Zubaydah by softer means, and who did not participate in the water-boarding, told The Washington Post that the waterboarding "was like flipping a switch."

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 16, 2007 11:18 AM

They had to drown him to shut him up.

Posted by: Lou Gots at December 16, 2007 3:14 PM

The flip that didn't flop.

Too funny Lou.

Posted by: genecis at December 17, 2007 2:54 PM