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Podcast: Discussion About CPAC 2010 Guests: Michael Powell, Stephen Gordon

This week, Jason and Brett talk with United Liberty contributor Michael Powell and political consultant Stephen Gordon.

Their discussion centered around CPAC 2010, touching on the GOProud controversy, Ryan Sorba’s commentary, Bob Barr’s panel, torture, and a dalliance into a discussion on protectionism, free markets, and American jobs.

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More comes out about bin Laden kill

Let’s be honest, the Osama bin Laden story won’t end in the next few hours.  The biggest victory in the war on terror has got to be good for more than one 24 hour news cycle.  As we learn more about the operation, there are more questions that are asked.  Some of them aren’t easy questions either.

For example, the tidbit that started the whole thing, the nickname of the courier, was learned via water boarding.  The “enhanced interrogation technique” has been the subject of much criticism, including the fact that information learned that way was often unreliable.  Yet, this little tidbit obtained just that way snowballed into the intelligence that lead us to bin Laden.

Other questions stem from how long it took to finally launch an operation.  In President Obama’s defense (and I hate defending him), military operations take time to plan.  Teams specially train for just that mission, rehearsing it over and over and over, just to make it automatic.  It’s not like the movies where they learn something and launch a mission the next day.  They’ll do it if they have to, but there wasn’t a need.  Osama had been in that house for six years.  He wasn’t going anywhere.

Obviously, there are more questions.  Some I could probably answer, some I can’t.  However, for the time being, we just need to be glad that there has been a victory.  We need to hope that this does as some say and cripples the terrorist organization to a point when they’re no longer a threat.  We need to pray that this is over and that now there will never be a repeat of 9/11.

Top CIA Official Says Waterboarding Ban Has No Negative Impact On Intelligence Gathering

Another nail in the Cheney coalition’s coffin:

Michael Sulick, head of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service, told a student audience last week that the spy agency has seen no fall-off in intelligence since waterboarding was banned by the Obama administration.

“I don’t think we’ve suffered at all from an intelligence standpoint,” Sulick told students and some faculty members at Fordham University, his alma mater, on March 25. “But I don’t want to talk about [it from] a legal, moral or ethical standpoint.”

Oh well, nice try Neo-Cons.


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