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This is what a real outing looks like -- "ABC's shame"

Forget mentioning the name of a DC desk jockey in a column about her attention hungry husband's lack of qualifications for a job, this is what a real outing looks like:


ABC runs a report showing the names and faces of two CIA contractors who may have had a role in the waterboarding of KSM and Abu Zubaydah. The network apparently outsourced this report to a freelancer named Matthew Cole, whose record in Nexis includes just three bylines -- two stories for Salon (one of which about "how Bush administration aid to Pakistan helps fund insurgents who kill U.S. troops"), and one for the San Jose Mercury News just two days after 9/11 reporting "anxiety about a backlash" among Muslims, who assure the reporter that the attack "has nothing to do with Islam."

In other words, Cole is a left-wing partisan with questionable reporting chops. This is obvious from the quality of the story tonight. Cole repeats the now throughly debunked claim that Zubaydah and KSM were waterboarded 83 and 183 times respectively. He posts video of the two refusing to answer questions in what is staged as a faux perp walk with no discernible news value other than to portray them as criminals. And, most amazingly, Cole indicts the two men for not having any experience prior to their work for the CIA -- as though being "previously involved in the U.S. military program to train pilots how to survive behind enemy lines and resist brutal tactics" isn't relevant.

ABC's conduct here, exposing two men who will now become obvious targets for terrorists and left-wing extremists, is deplorable. Will the Obama administration investigate who leaked their identities? Or is it now open-season on Americans who were only doing what their government asked of them in order to protect their country from attack?

Despicable. First the media set up a witch hunt atmosphere with the way they report the enhanced interrogation technique story, then they decide to paint a target on the backs of two government employees who were tasked with trying to keep the country safe. I don't know anything about these guys, but I have a feeling we won't be seeing them in a fashion spread in Vanity Fair.

Update: Kim posted this earlier in the week, but considering the topic of this post I think it is important to watch again. When watching note (as if you could miss it) the advocacy displayed by O'Donnell. Make no mistake, the media is doing more than reporting this story. They are participating in it and shaping it (or more accurately mis-shaping it):

Update II: Don't miss Frank J's column on The Super Moral Position on Torture.

Update III - Kim: Last year ABC News reported on the Democrats' desire to impeach President Bush for the Valerie Plame non-outing. Their headline was "Is Impeachment Too Little, Too Late?"

Question: will the Democrats be as interested in holding impeachment hearings for Obama since it was his administration that outed these two CIA contractors and have put their lives in danger, something that was never an issue for Valerie Plame, and will ABC News so enthusiastically report on it? We all know the answer to that. Democrats hold themselves and are likewise held in the media to an entirely different standard than Republicans.

Update IV: You have to watch this amazing video of Condi Rice talking about torture with a college student determined to paint the Bush administration as mean old torture mongers.


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"previously involved in the... (Below threshold)

"previously involved in the U.S. military program to train pilots how to survive behind enemy lines and resist brutal tactics"

Of course this is a reference to SERE (Survive-Evade-Resist-Escape) School. You can read about it here.

My father in law was required to undergo Level C SERE training before being deployed as an aviator aboard an aircraft carrier. Level C training is given to military personnel with a high risk of capture behind enemy lines and who would be considered a "high value" capture -- special forces (Green Beret, Rangers) and aviators. He experienced all the techniques that we used on Al Qaeda prisoners including food and sleep deprivation, being forced to strip naked and stand at attention for hours at a time, exposure to cold, the "sweatbox," and simulated drowning. Of course these are also the same techniques that hostile captors would use on our own military personnel. That's why they are taught to resist them.

The men who are instructors at SERE school are highly-trained professionals who know not only how to teach survival and resistance, but also how to monitor the physical and emotional condition of the men they are training.

I think it's worth noting again that CIA interrogations were done in a very highly structured manner -- any escalation in interrogation technique had to be approved far up the chain of command, and all sessions were monitored by CIA officials, lawyers, doctors, and psychologists. The image being constructed by liberals of unsupervised, brutish soldiers continually humiliating and/or beating the crap out of detainees until they talked is simply a lie.

It is now open season for a... (Below threshold)
JAT:

It is now open season for all Americans - just as us veterans who did nothing more than protect the rights of these ... well I will leave it there. God knows the FBI is reading all conservative Blogs now.

The men who are instruct... (Below threshold)
JAT:

The men who are instructors at SERE school are highly-trained professionals who know not only how to teach survival and resistance, but also how to monitor the physical and emotional condition of the men they are training.

Thanks for posting this Michael - you are absolutely correct.

I want a target (figure of ... (Below threshold)
J:

I want a target (figure of speech) on these people's backs, including their family. Any dirt, incriminating activities, embarrassing moments, etc. made public.
They are so morally corrupt I'm pretty sure there is a lot of filth to be found, and if you can destroy them, cost them their families, so much the better.

J,So, meet what yo... (Below threshold)
Highlander:

J,

So, meet what you consider amoral actions with your own morally repugnant desires. Nothing hypocritical about that.

"They are so morally corrup... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

"They are so morally corrupt I'm pretty sure there is a lot of filth to be found, and if you can destroy them, cost them their families, so much the better."

Yeah! Kill the Fascist pigs! Let's kill their families, too! Rape their dog! Burn their house! Stand up and MAKE A STATEMENT! TROOTH TO POWER!

Spoken like a real adult, J. I can only guess what "J" stands for...

"They are so morally cor... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

"They are so morally corrupt I'm pretty sure there is a lot of filth to be found, and if you can destroy them, cost them their families, so much the better."

Let me get your point of veiw straight here.

-These people pour water over a terrorist's head, a man responsible for the deaths of several thousand American civilians ... to scare him into revealing information (which he apparently did) to prevent another such occurance.

-You say they should be destroyed for waterboarding a terrorist, a person who helped murder a few thousand American civilians.


Who here is morally corrupt, my friend? The only filth to be found is in your post. If you're an American, you don't deserve to live here.

"I want a target (figure of... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

"I want a target (figure of speech) on these people's backs, including their family. Any dirt, incriminating activities, embarrassing moments, etc. made public.
They are so morally corrupt I'm pretty sure there is a lot of filth to be found, and if you can destroy them, cost them their families, so much the better."

cc: DHS

J .... nothing like mimicki... (Below threshold)
marc:

J .... nothing like mimicking the enemy!

bobdog. um "Jackoff, Jerkoff and jerkweed are all possibilities. So are "jism and jizz."

But I tend to think Janky (#3) is closest.

Adrian Browne, your <a href... (Below threshold)
marc:

Adrian Browne, your Doppelgänger is calling.

These people's names were a... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:
The mainstream media is cor... (Below threshold)
TOhio:

The mainstream media is corrupt. They are controlled by left-wing hacks and this story is just one example of the depths they will go to promote their anti-American liberal views.

CNN (Communist News Network), ABC, NBC, CBS and MSNBC are all the same.

"This is what a real outing... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

"This is what a real outing looks like -- "ABC's shame""-lorie byrd

According to Salon,Jun21,2007, Mitchell and Jessen "outed" themselves.

"They advertised their CIA credentials as exhibitors at a 2004 conference of the American Psychological Association in Honolulu."

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2007/06/21/cia_sere/print.html

Memories, may be beautiful ... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

Memories, may be beautiful and yet
Whats too painful to remember
We simply choose to forget

http://wizbangblog.com/content/2007/04/01/cnn-reporter-michael-ware-heck.php

So what happens when nobody... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

So what happens when nobody is willing to do the work necessary to protect us for fear of this treatment?

Thank you, Michael, for you... (Below threshold)
Grace:

Thank you, Michael, for your information - unfortunately facts and real information don't seem to matter to those who only operate on "feelings".

I "feel kinda bad" that we needed to use what some are now terming torture (I disagree) to obtain critically important information to keep us safe from two terrorists, but I would "feel" so much worse if the U.S. had been attacked successfully again.

It is unfortunate that so many on the left do not seem to hear the facts (do they???) and are SO ANGRY all the time. (#4)

I guess I should "feel" sorry for them - ha ha.

"Mitchell and Jessen "outed... (Below threshold)
Wayne:

"Mitchell and Jessen "outed" themselves.
"They advertised their CIA credentials as exhibitors at a 2004 conference of the American Psychological Association in Honolulu"
Plame outed herself as well. She was known to work for the CIA before the so call "leak". The only thing the "leak" revealed was her husband had a wife that work at the CIA.

Compare to this story. Identifying these people as Psychologist that work for the CIA is no big deal since they supposedly were already known. However identifying their specific job and specific operations especially being involved in enhanced interrogation techniques is quite worst than what happen to Plame.

So if you want to be consistent and thought Bush should have been impeached for Plame then you absolutely should think Obama should be impeached for this but consistency isn't a liberal trait.

#4The J can only s... (Below threshold)
914:

#4

The J can only stand for jihadist.

914: no, it could also stan... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

914: no, it could also stand for "jerkopotamus".

ABC and the editors who let... (Below threshold)
Adam Johnson:

ABC and the editors who let this story run should be charged with treason.




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