The Obama administration released a statement today saying that memos produced by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Council during the Bush administration would be released. The memos describe the techniques used by the United States during interrogation that the left calls torture. Read more, see photos and video below.

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Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said today that President Obama will release memos produced by the previous administration that describe the justification for harsh treatment given to some detainees in the now non-used term War on Terror. The left wing in this country, call such treatment torture; President Obama said in a statement released by the White House:

My judgment on the content of these memos is a matter of record. In one of my very first acts as President, I prohibited the use of these interrogation techniques by the United States because they undermine our moral authority and do not make us safer. Enlisting our values in the protection of our people makes us stronger and more secure. A democracy as resilient as ours must reject the false choice between our security and our ideals, and that is why these methods of interrogation are already a thing of the past.

But that is not what compelled the release of these legal documents today. While I believe strongly in transparency and accountability, I also believe that in a dangerous world, the United States must sometimes carry out intelligence operations and protect information that is classified for purposes of national security. I have already fought for that principle in court and will do so again in the future. However, after consulting with the Attorney General, the Director of National Intelligence, and others, I believe that exceptional
circumstances surround these memos and require their release.

First, the interrogation techniques described in these memos have already been widely reported. Second, the previous Administration publicly acknowledged portions of the program – and some of the practices – associated with these memos. Third, I have already ended the techniques described in the memos through an Executive Order. Therefore, withholding these memos would only serve to deny facts that have been in the public domain for some time. This could contribute to an inaccurate accounting of the past, and fuel erroneous and inflammatory assumptions about actions taken by the United States.

President Obama plans to make a statement when the “torture memos”, as they are now being called, are released. The left in this country are already gearing up for what is sure to be a call for legal action against the Bush Administration.

It is a shame that the military and the intelligence community are going to have their hands tied once again, as they did during the Clinton administration; the techniques that are very effective in garnering information from terrorists, are now no longer able to be used due to executive order.

We are less safe with this administration in power; we are less safe with liberals in charge of legislation and over all aspects of our intelligence apparatus. We are less safe as Obama releases the so called “torture memos”.

Update: 4/21/2009
The National Intelligence Director said in a secret memo last Thursday, Banned Techniques used in interrogations yielded high value information. These banned techniques have only just become illegal by executive order by President Obama.

Dennis C. Blair, the National Intelligence Director told colleagues that harsh techniques banned by the Obama administration did in fact lead to high value information that helped the United States in the War on Terror. From the New York Times:

“High value information came from interrogations in which those methods were used and provided a deeper understanding of the al Qa’ida organization that was attacking this country,” Adm. Dennis C. Blair, the intelligence director, wrote in a memo to his staff last Thursday.

Blair sent his memo the very same day that the Obama administration released secret memos from the Bush administration authorizing interrogation techniques that the Obama administration deemed “torture”.

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