Saturday, January 08, 2005

Legal Guidelines for Intelligence Gathering

I've seen this article from the Washington Post posted on liberal boards and blogs as in indictment of Alberto Gonzalez. As far as I'm concerned it's quite the opposite. Here's an excerpt:
"They asked for a legal review -- the first ever by the government -- of how much pain and suffering a U.S. intelligence officer could inflict on a prisoner without violating a 1994 law that imposes severe penalties, including life imprisonment and execution, on convicted torturers. The Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel took up the task, and at least twice during the drafting, top administration officials were briefed on the results." [Emphasis added by me].
I added the emphasis in the paragraph above to point out that the objective was to stay within the law. But at the same time we didn't want to lose any opportunities to try to gather as much intelligence as possible, with the goal of stopping potential terrorists attacks that can tak the lives of American citizens. For those of you not living near a target like the Port of Los Angeles, Washington D.C., New York's Financial District or a major transportation hub or landmark building, let me explain -- this is a GOOD thing.

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