The man who waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the so-called mastermind of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, told Megyn Kelly on Tuesday that the CIA’s program of using enhanced interrogation techniques did not amount to torture, despite recent accusations in a Senate-issued report.
“If it was torture, I would be in jail,” James Mitchell said on “The Kelly File.” “This thing was investigated over and over. I was told by the highest law enforcement agency in the land that we were going to walk right up to the edge of the law, and that all of the things we had included in that list were legal.”
“Not Illegal”. That’s nice, but I don’t care. Most Americans who watched the towers fall don’t care.
“(The CIA) had ongoing information to suggest that (terrorists) were trying to smuggle nuclear weapons into the U.S.,” Mitchell said. “There was all this anthrax stuff going on, there was credible evidence to suggest that there was another wave of attacks coming and we couldn’t have it happen.”
Mitchell added: “They tried to decapitate us last time, they tried to destroy our civilization. And people were clamoring to do everything and anything they could that was legal, to take it right up to the line and save American lives. Because that’s what our government is supposed to do: save American lives.”
Mitchell, who said he found waterboarding “repulsive at times” but said he did it out of a duty to protect the U.S., criticized the Senate report, saying it’s “easy” in hindsight to second-guess the tactics used after 9/11, more than 13 years after the attacks.
“In my view, the CIA analysts and the CIA targeters are incredible,” he said. “To do this, to besmirch them, I think, is beyond the pale.”
“Beyond the Pale” is an phrase that harkens back to Ireland and it’s rule by the English. It is an geographic term originally, the Pale was the land bordering Dublin and within that area English Law and only English Law had authority. The area outside (beyond that) was old Irish law. Some old Irish laws were easier and more lenient. But some old Irish laws regarding treason and murder were harsh, and rightfully so. Later, during “The Troubles”, the Irish strove against the British Empire for independence and their brutality and murderous resolve was again called “Beyond the Pale” by their enemies and most of Europe.
It’s not that acting beyond the pale is acting without law, but acting under a different set of rules and principles while still under control. The Islamic terrorists are not following our laws or conducting themselves as any type of legal combatant we would recognize. They are truly beyond the pale. But they have an leadership and they mainly follow their religions guidelines (such as they are..) and they are supported by the majority of their own peoples. I think that anyone who has been interested in reading this blog is probably someone who understands that the historical truth that Americans and Europeans have been subjected to truly hideous tortures and cruel death at the hands of this current crop of savages as well as their forefathers going back for centuries. To someone who understands this, then the ridiculous and hysterical shrieking by the media and the opportunists is sickening.
We have now been conducting this war against Islam (yup, against Islam. I said that…bite me.) for thirteen years without ever taking the gloves off and really fighting this generational enemy as we should have. After squandering so much wealth, a lost decade and losing so many lives playing at being gentlemen; perhaps it’s time we took off the gloves and met our enemy where the fight is.