By Marc A. Thiessen

White apartment speechwriter Marc Thiessen was once locked in a safe room and given entry to the main delicate intelligence whilst he was once tasked to jot down President George W. Bush’s 2006 speech explaining the CIA’s interrogation software and why Congress should still authorize it. Few understand extra approximately those CIA operations than Thiessen, and in his new ebook, relationship catastrophe, he records simply how powerful the CIA’s interrogations have been in foiling assaults on the United States, penetrating al-Qaeda’s excessive command, and supplying our army with actionable intelligence. Thiessen additionally exhibits how reckless President Obama has been in shutting down the CIA’s software and liberating mystery files that experience aided our enemies. relationship catastrophe proves:How the CIA software thwarted particular lethal assaults opposed to the U.S.Why “enhanced interrogation” used to be now not torture by way of any average felony or ethical standardHow the knowledge won through “enhanced interrogation” couldn't were obtained the other wayHow President Obama’s activities on the grounds that taking place of work have left the United States even more susceptible to attackIn chilling aspect, Thiessen unearths how shut the terrorists got here to impressive back, how intelligence received from “enhanced interrogation” many times stymied their plots, and the way President Obama’s dismantling of this CIA application is inviting catastrophe for the USA.

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The bottom line: there was never a rival draft-supported by the Secretary of State, circulated within the White House, killed by VicePresident Cheney-that contained a "clarion call" to shut down theCIA interrogation program once and for all. Mayer got the story,delivered in her book with such assured confidence, wrong. Why is this episode important? Because Jane Mayer is a respectedjournalist, with a long and distinguished career that has taken herfrom the Washington Star, to the Wall Street journal, to The NewYorker magazine.

But now he had stopped talking-and was luridly demonstrating his contempt for America. So the CIA developed additional enhanced interrogation techniques to get him talking again, including waterboarding. The techniques worked. " He says, "I was in all the briefings from the beginning. These people who were reporting backwere career people, they weren't bullshitters. When they weren'tgetting something from a detainee, they would say it. They werethrilled by what they were getting from Zubaydah. " Zubaydah began to provide information on key al Qaeda operatives, including information that helped the CIA find and capturemore of those responsible for the 9/11 attacks.

Chris wrote a moving speech for the signing ceremony. Thepresident said: It is a rare occasion when a President can sign a bill he knowswill save American lives. I have that privilege this morning.... This bill will allow the Central Intelligence Agency to continueits program for questioning key terrorist leaders and operativeslike Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the man believed to be themastermind of the September the 11Th, 2001 attacks on ourcountry. This program has been one of the most successfulintelligence efforts in American history.

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