“Of all the pleasant surprises in the president-elect’s appointments, John Brennan might have been the best.” And that’s almost certainly why he was torpedoed.
“Shrinks And Spooks,” from Investor’s Business Daily, November 26 (thanks to DFS):
Some 200 “psychologists and allies” on Monday sent an open letter to President-elect Obama calling on him to reject his likely appointment of quarter-century CIA veteran Brennan to head the spy agency, citing Brennan’s support for what they repeatedly called “dark side” policies “” specifically harsh interrogation of terrorist detainees. Brennan was ex-CIA Director George Tenet’s chief of staff from 1999 to 2001, deputy executive director from 2001 to 2003, and was with the agency during its implementation of the “black sites” program.
If America starts letting shrinks and guidance counselors determine our intelligence practices, we will never be any match for the bloodthirsty fanatics who will stop at nothing to destroy the Western world’s freedoms.
As the letter noted, members of the psychological profession recently concluded “a successful several-year struggle to remove psychologists from their roles in aiding or abetting” the use of tough interrogation methods on captured terrorists. Unfortunately, Brennan gave this group another victory, when, seeing the impending hullabaloo, he promptly withdrew his name from consideration for the job.
The leader of this pack of politically correct psychoanalysts, Stephen Soldz of the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, lists cultural and sexual humiliation, solitary confinement, sleep deprivation and the combination thereof as constituting torture, and he is troubled that Brennan has not repudiated its use by the CIA.
What a perfect example of arrogant “experts” wading out past their depth and beyond their field of knowledge. The business of protecting this country should be left to those who have proved they know how to do it. The CIA terrorist interrogation program and the National Security Agency terrorist surveillance program have been key components of a strategy that has prevented any repeat of the 9/11 terrorist attack….
Read it all.