Thursday, February 5, 2009

Hey, Mr. Panetta (and the MSM): WHO Started Extraordinary Rendition?

For the past few weeks, the left and their MSM allies have been in a perpetual orgasm, over what they claim is the Obama(ssiah)'s claim that he'll bring the U.S. back under "the law," and will "stop torturing" terror suspects.

Towards this end, the Obama(ssiah) is nominating Leon Panetta to head up the CIA --- despite the fact that he has absolutely no experience with intelligence agencies. But the troubling facts concerning his nomination run far, far deeper.

For example, since 2001, we've been told that President Bush, Vice President Cheney and Defense Secretary Rumsfeld invented and began "extraordinary rendition" --- basically transporting jihadist terror suspects to other nations for interrogation beyond what is permitted under U.S. laws.

According to FoxNews, the Obama(ssiah) forbids what Panetta called "that kind of extraordinary rendition -- when we send someone for the purpose of torture or actions by another country that violate our human values." Continuing, Panetta said:
"(I)f we capture a high-value prisoner, I believe we have the right to hold that individual temporarily, to debrief that individual and to make sure that individual is properly incarcerated so we can maintain control over that individual..."

But Panetta said if interrogators went beyond the methods they were told were legal, they should be investigated."We can protect this country, we can get the information we need, we can provide for the security of the American people and we can abide by the law. I'm absolutely convinced that we can do that," he said.

There's something fundamental missing from this story, though --- something so basic that any honest Journalism 101 student would know, or could easily find out:

It was Panetta's former boss, President Clinton, who started "extraordinary rendition" --- years before 9/11, when Panetta was his Chief of Staff.

Panetta and the "Extraordinary Renditioner In Chief"

More than three years ago, in October 2005. Agence France-Presse covered this story. Yet how many Americans were ever told of this fact? Hm... zero? From the Australian Broadcasting Company:
CIA Renditions Began Under Clinton: Agent

The US Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) controversial "rendition" program was launched under US president Bill Clinton, a former US counter-terrorism agent has told a German newspaper.

Michael Scheuer, a 22-year veteran of the CIA who resigned from the agency in 2004, has told Die Zeit that the US administration had been looking in the mid-1990s for a way to combat the terrorist threat and circumvent the cumbersome US legal system.

"President Clinton, his national security adviser Sandy Berger and his terrorism adviser Richard Clark ordered the CIA in the autumn of 1995 to destroy Al Qaeda,"
Mr Scheuer said.

"We asked the president what we should do with the people we capture. Clinton said 'That's up to you'."

Mr Scheuer, who headed the CIA unit that tracked Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden from 1996 to 1999, says he developed and led the "renditions" program.

He says the program includes moving prisoners
without due legal process to countries without strict human rights protections.

"In Cairo, people are not treated like they are in Milwaukee,"
he said.

"The Clinton administration asked us if we believed that the prisoners were being treated in accordance with local law.

"And we answered, 'yes, we're fairly sure'."

He says at the time the CIA did not arrest or imprison anyone itself.

"That was done by the local police or secret services,"
he said, adding the prisoners were never taken to US soil.

"President Clinton did not want that,"
he said.

So here we have Mr. Panetta, the Chief of Staff under President Clinton, now claiming that via his moral philosophy, he is in full concert with President Obama(ssiah), that he would never permit "extraordinary rendition" under his watch at the CIA --- when, in fact,
he was a senior member of the administration that created that program.

When will an enterprising "journalist" ask Panetta about this? How about a member of the loyal opposition, during his confirmation hearings?

Not to be a cynic, but given the love affair we've witnessed between the press and the Obama(ssiah) over the past two years, it doesn't appear this question will ever be asked.

And neither, it seems, will Americans ever be made aware of the fact that years before 9/11, it was the "new Camelot" (aka the Clinton administration, of which Panetta was a senior member) that began the very program that leftists have dishonestly pinned to Bush, and for which they decried him as the most evil man in the world.

Hope and change? Let's certainly "hope" there will be "change" within our esteemed "journalistic" establishment, before it allows any more egregious misrepresentations to be sailed right over their collective heads, by any more Clinton administration retreads.

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