Bringing LIBERTY to
Capitol Hill -- 2008
Saturday Morning, March 8, 2008, 10:30am
A Discussion of The President's Saturday Morning
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Notes and Summary of the President's Address --
THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. This week, I addressed the Department
of Homeland Security on its fifth anniversary and thanked the men and
women who work tirelessly to keep us safe. Because of their hard work,
and the efforts of many across all levels of government, we have not
suffered another attack on our soil since September the 11th, 2001.
How the President Differs from the American vision of
"Liberty Under God":
- All human beings -- not just American citizens -- have been
endowed with unalienable rights from our Creator.
- WWJT -- "Who Would Jesus
Torture?" Bush claims to be a follower of Jesus Christ. Is he
following Jesus Christ when he authorizes torture?
- What is the cause of "terrorism?" Why is
it most of the world admired America 100 years ago; why do
those same people despise America today? How do terrorist
recruiters recruit new terrorists? What do they say about America
to encourage a potential recruit to attack Americans? Are these
things true? Does the U.S. government really invade and occupy
nations, building military bases on other people's property? Does
the U.S. really kill hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women,
- America's Original Foreign Policy
The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations is
in extending our commercial relations to have with them as little political
connection as possible."
— Washington, Farewell Address (1796) [Washington’s
I deem [one of] the essential principles of our government, and
consequently [one] which ought to shape its administration,…peace,
commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling
alliances with none.
— Jefferson, First Inaugural Address (1801)
- America was originally a "city upon a hill" --
Christian values and charity (economic productivity) were sent
around the world. Trade created relationships. America built rather
than destroyed. America was loved and admired.
- The Federal Government stopped heeding this wisdom 100 years
ago. The 20th century has been a century of totalitarian foreign
intervention. America sends bombs, not assistance and technology.
America is feared and despised.
- Iran, 1953 -- U.S. installs dictator who is worse than the
tyrant complained of in the Declaration of Independence
- U.S. intervenes in Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan, funds
Islamic terrorists to irritate Soviets.
- Iran-Iraq, 1980's -- U.S. supports Saddam Hussein in his war
- U.S. has military bases around the world
-- U.S. supports Arab sheik and his wives, ignoring the rights
of Kuwaiti workers.
- U.S. Sanctions and Bombing against Iraq kill hundreds of
thousands of innocent people.
- Washington's foreign bullying causes resentment, and increases
- We would be safer and would have no "need" for torture
if Washington D.C. would follow the Constitution and America's
Saturday Morning Radio Address
"Liberty Under God"
|THE PRESIDENT: Good
morning. This week, I addressed the Department of Homeland
Security on its fifth anniversary and thanked the men and women
who work tirelessly to keep us safe. Because of their hard work,
and the efforts of many across all levels of government, we have
not suffered another attack on our soil since September the 11th,
||We didn't have any terrorist
attacks on American soil during the five years before the
formation of the Department of Homeland Security, either. However,
we have forgotten that terrorism was hemorrhaging
around the world back in 1981, "when Ronald Reagan and
Secretary of State Alexander Haig proclaimed that fighting
terrorism would be one of the Reagan administration's highest
priorities" as James Bovard documents.
|This is not for a
lack of effort on the part of the enemy. Al Qaida remains
determined to attack America again. Two years ago, Osama bin Laden
warned the American people, "Operations are under
preparation, and you will see them on your own ground once they
are finished." Because the danger remains, we need to ensure
our intelligence officials have all the tools they need to stop
||Here is this morning's central
Is torturing terrorists the best way to prevent terrorism?
Or is there a better strategy?
Congress recently sent me an intelligence authorization bill that
would diminish these vital tools. So today, I vetoed it. And here
|The bill Congress
sent me would take away one of the most valuable tools in the war
on terror -- the CIA program to detain and question key terrorist
leaders and operatives. This
program has produced critical intelligence that has helped
us prevent a number of attacks. The
program helped us stop a plot to strike a U.S. Marine camp
in Djibouti, a planned attack on the U.S. consulate in Karachi, a
plot to hijack a passenger plane and fly it into Library Tower in
Los Angeles, and a plot to crash passenger planes into Heathrow
Airport or buildings in downtown London. And it has helped us
understand al Qaida's structure and financing and communications
and logistics. Were it not for this
program, our intelligence community believes that al Qaida
and its allies would have succeeded in launching another attack
against the American homeland.
||Is it really true that the
Democrats have taken away the ability of the CIA to detain and
question any and all terrorist leaders and operatives? Or are
the Democrats merely saying that once detained, they should not be
tortured ? Is the President being accurate and
honest? Is the entire program of detaining and questioning
terrorists being abolished, or just the torture?
Can the President prove that the techniques of torture
which the Democrats oppose were actually responsible for this
information? Or was the information obtained through legal
components of the program? Senator Jay Rockefeller, head of the
Senate Intelligence Committee, said
"I have heard nothing to suggest that information obtained
from enhanced interrogation techniques has prevented an imminent
How viable were these threats? See here
for an example of a pathetic and incompetent "terrorist
threat" which the government cites as an example of how it's
making America "safe."
|The main reason this
program has been effective is that it allows the CIA to use
specialized interrogation procedures to question a small number of
the most dangerous terrorists under careful supervision. The bill
Congress sent me would deprive the CIA of the authority to use
these safe and lawful techniques. Instead, it would restrict the
CIA's range of acceptable interrogation methods to those provided
in the Army Field Manual. The procedures in this manual were
designed for use by soldiers questioning lawful combatants
captured on the battlefield. They were not intended for
intelligence professionals trained to question hardened
||"Among the techniques the
field manual prohibits are:
• hooding prisoners or putting duct tape across
• stripping prisoners naked.
• forcing prisoners to perform or mimic sexual
• beating, burning or physically hurting them in
• subjecting prisoners to hypothermia or mock
"It does not allow food, water and
medical treatment to be withheld. Dogs may not be used in any
aspect of interrogation.
"But waterboarding is the most
high-profile and contentious method in question.
"It involves strapping a person down
and pouring water over his cloth-covered face to create the
sensation of drowning. It has been traced back hundreds of years
to the Spanish Inquisition and is condemned by nations around the
world and human rights organizations as torture.
"The Detainee Treatment Act of 2005
includes a provision barring cruel, inhuman and degrading
treatment for all detainees, including CIA prisoners, in U.S.
custody. Many people believe that covers waterboarding.
"There are concerns that the use of
waterboarding would undermine the U.S. human rights efforts
overseas and could place Americans at greater risk of being
tortured when captured.
"The Army field manual in 2006
banned using methods such as waterboarding or sensory deprivation
on uncooperative prisoners." (AP)
|Limiting the CIA's
interrogation methods to those in the Army Field Manual would be
dangerous because the manual is publicly available and easily
accessible on the Internet. Shortly after 9/11, we learned that
key al Qaida operatives had been trained to resist the methods
outlined in the manual. And this is why we created alternative
procedures to question the most dangerous al Qaida operatives,
particularly those who might have knowledge of attacks planned on
our homeland. The best
source of information about terrorist attacks is the terrorists
themselves. If we were to shut down this program and
restrict the CIA to methods in the Field Manual, we could lose
vital information from senior al Qaida terrorists, and that could
cost American lives.
from men who are being drowned to death is coming from
desperation, and is seldom reliable. Military Prosecutors with
integrity, such as Air
Force Col. Morris Davis, won't even use waterboarding testimony
Errachidi, who confessed to being a top al-Qaeda commander,
was a fry cook diagnosed as mentally ill years before being sent
to Gitmo. Like a large
majority of Gitmo prisoners, he was captured by Afghan and
Pakistani bounty hunters, who were as indiscriminate as they were
|The bill Congress
sent me would not simply ban one particular interrogation method,
as some have implied. Instead, it would eliminate all the
alternative procedures we've developed to question the world's
most dangerous and violent terrorists. This would end an effective
program that Congress authorized just over a year ago.
|The fact that we have
not been attacked over the past six-and-a-half years is not a
matter of chance. It is the result of good policies and the
determined efforts of individuals carrying them out. We owe these
individuals our thanks, and we owe them the authorities they need
to do their jobs effectively.
||The President says "We have
not been attacked" in the last six years. He means "on
American soil." More Americans have died from terrorist
attacks in the last six years than died on 9-11. And the United
States has killed at least 5 times more people.
|We have no
higher responsibility than stopping terrorist attacks. And
this is no time for Congress to abandon practices that have a
proven track record of keeping America safe.
||"While we are zealously
performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly
ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To
the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our
highest glory to add the more distinguished character of
George Washington, General
Orders of May 2, 1778
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John Adams once wrote that the American
Revolution began in 1761, when Massachusetts attorney James Otis
began legal challenges to the Writs of Assistance. He lost the case, but
"American independence," Adams wrote, "was
then and there born." Now do the math. That means it took 15
years to convince the rest of America to declare Independence (1776).
Then another seven years of war was required before a Peace Treaty was
signed (1783), and then six years before the Constitution was finally
ratified (1789). That's almost 30 years. (And Jefferson said we
shouldn't go 20
years without another rebellion!) How can we hope to convince
Americans to fight for principles they were never taught in government
schools? We need to be in this battle for the long term. "Eternal
Vigilance is the Price of Liberty."
The Democrat Party Radio Address:
This week, Roger Martinez, U.S. Army veteran, delivered the
Democratic Radio Address, criticizing Republican candidate John
McCain, saying Osama bin Laden is a greater priority than Iraq's civil
war, and that McCain doesn't have a solution for the mortgage crisis and
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