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Osama bin Laden was a) killed by a unit overseen by what New Yorker reporter Seymour Hersh denounced as Vice President Dick Cheney’s “executive assassination ring,” which was b) sent into action based on intel derived from the now-outlawed “enhanced interrogation techniques,” which were c) used on detainees captured during the George W. Bush administration, who were d) being held in now-outlawed “secret prisons” or in the intended-to-be-closed Gitmo.
President Obama’s deputy national security advisor, John Brennan, confirmed that the death of bin Laden resulted from “a mosaic (of intelligence) appearing over time and by … people who have been following bin Laden for many, many years.” This explains why 81 percent of Republicans give former President George W. Bush “at least some of the credit” for bin Laden’s death. U.S. security forces tracked and were able to kill bin Laden through the use of the discredited, maligned, and — in some cases — the discontinued terror-fighting policies and practices of Bush.
So how much credit do Democrats give Bush?
Not much. Only 35 percent of Democrats, according to The Washington Post, believe that Bush deserves “at least some of the credit.” Yet Obama took advantage of policies the left attacked — at least under Bush — as wrong, illegal and immoral.
“Enhanced interrogation techniques” — The Washington Post’s associate editor and foreign affairs columnist, David Ignatius, writes, “Some of the detainees (who gave information that led to bin Laden’s location) were subjected to ‘enhanced interrogation techniques,’ the CIA’s formal name for what is now widely viewed as torture.”
Gitmo and secret prisons, aka “black sites” (now closed by Obama) — “The revelation,” writes The Associated Press, “that intelligence gleaned from the CIA’s so-called black sites helped kill bin Laden was seen as vindication for many intelligence officials who have been repeatedly investigated and criticized for their involvement in a program that involved the harshest interrogation methods in U.S. history.”
Rendition, the practice of moving a detainee to a country with more severe interrogation policies — “Current and former U.S. officials,” according to The Associated Press, “say that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, provided the nom de guerre of one of bin Laden’s most trusted aides. The CIA got similar information from Mohammed’s successor, Abu Faraj al-Libi. Both were subjected to harsh interrogation tactics inside CIA prisons in Poland and Romania.”
Bush-Cheney “executive assassination ring” — Navy SEAL Team Six is part of the Joint Special Operations Command.
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