Good News! CIA Mostly Out Of Detention And Interrogation Business

This should make every feel very safe. From the LA Times

He’s considered one of world’s most dangerous terrorism suspects, and the U.S. offered a $1-million reward for his capture in 2005. Intelligence experts say he’s a master bomb maker and extremist leader who possesses a wealth of information about Al Qaeda-linked groups in Southeast Asia.

Yet the U.S. has made no move to interrogate or seek custody of Indonesian militant Umar Patek since he was apprehended this year by officials in Pakistan with the help of a CIA tip, U.S. and Pakistani officials say.

The little-known case highlights a sharp difference between President Obama’s counter-terrorism policy and that of his predecessor, George W. Bush. Under Obama, the CIA has killed more people than it has captured, mainly through drone missile strikes in Pakistan’s tribal areas. At the same time, it has stopped trying to detain or interrogate suspects caught abroad, except those captured in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“The CIA is out of the detention and interrogation business,” said a U.S. official who is familiar with intelligence operations but was not authorized to speak publicly.

Why? The story goes on to describe several reasons why the United States’ primary intelligence agency has done mostly away with one of its important roles in dealing with Islamic terrorism, such as whining about the Bush era detentions and interrogations, how it gives the CIA a headache,” and Obama forcing the CIA to follow the Army field manual. Of course, we are losing valuable intelligence by not interrogating the jihadis ourselves, thanks to the policies of our feckless president.

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