Sen. McCain takes shot at Trump over counter-terrorism waterboarding tactic

Arizona’s Sen. John McCain, the Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, attending the International Security Forum in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Sunday, said that any attempt to bring back waterboarding, an interrogation technique that simulates drowning, would quickly be challenged in court. However, the technique was banned by President Barack Obama using an executive order not legislation passed by congress.

“I don’t give a damn what the president of the United States wants to do or anybody else wants to do. We will not waterboard. We will not do it,” McCain said to applause during a panel discussion.

In the midst of the presidential race with then presidential candidate Donald Trump calling for a return to aggressive interrogation techniques, McCain and CIA Director John Brennan had said that the spy agency will not use controversial interrogation techniques, such as waterboarding, even if ordered to do so by a future president.

British news stories highlighted how the CIA was able to warn them about an attack because of their waterboarding a jihadist in Pakistan.
British news stories highlighted how the CIA was able to warn them about an attack because of their waterboarding a jihadist in Pakistan.

While the news media are applauding his statement, critics believe the time has come for a more devoted warrior to head the CIA rather than a political hack for an administration that prides itself on espousing Obamaism, a/k/a political correctness.

Brennan made the waterboarding statement during an interview with the proven Obama-loving NBC News staff. “I will not agree to carry out some of these tactics and techniques I’ve heard bandied about because this institution needs to endure. I won’t agree to having any CIA officer carrying out waterboarding again.”

President Barack Obama prohibited waterboarding shortly after taking office in 2009. However, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has repeatedly promised that he would revive the practice if elected.

Ted Cruz, Trump’s greatest rival for the GOP nomination, said during a debate that he would use the practice, stating that he also didn’t believe the practice amounted to torture.

In December 2014, Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report claiming the interrogation methods used by the CIA in the months after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks were “brutal and far worse” than the agency had represented to lawmakers. Many working in the intelligence community, the military complex and in law enforcement said the report was heavy on denigrating the CIA and the war on Islamic terrorism but light on facts to back up the assertions.

But, President Obama was well-pleased with his CIA director. “In John Brennan the men and women of the CIA will have the leadership of our nation’s most skilled intelligence professionals,” said Obama. “That unique combination of smarts and strength that he claims comes from growing up in New Jersey,” the President added.

But not everyone is enthusiastic about Brennan being the nation’s CIA chief. (Read more about 2010 calls for his resignation at Fox News here.)

“Mr. Brennan is, at best, willfully blind to the threat posed to homeland and national security of the United States by those who adhere to Shariah law,” said Tom Trento, director of Florida Security Council, who has been critical of Brennan’s service in the Obama White House.

Some of the nation’s top intelligence, military, national security and law enforcement experts once loudly called for Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan to resign from his post or for President Barack Obama to fire Brennan from his White House staff.

During a press conference in September 2010 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on Thursday, respected experts, including officials from the Florida Security Council, told reporters that because of Brennan’s adherence to the politically-correct orthodoxy that permeates the Obama administration the U.S. government is being prevented from identifying, understanding and countering radical Muslims and their threat of imposing Sharia law.

Frank Gaffney, a former Assistant Secretary of Defense during the Reagan administration, and others claim that Sharia is a supremacist, totalitarian legal doctrine that leads to terrorism, torture, abuse of women and young girls, and other horrors

Palestinian Hamas supporters burn a U.S. flag during a protest. And they did this during Obama's "weak-on-Islamists" presidency.
Palestinian Hamas supporters burn a U.S. flag during a protest. And they did this during Obama’s “weak-on-Islamists” presidency.


A major piece of evidence that points to the dangers associated with Brennan’s failure to perform his primary function—to know the enemy and its threat doctrine—came to light when analysts at the Florida Security Council discovered that a known Hamas operative and unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism financing trial in U.S. history (Holy Land Foundation),Sheik Kifah Mustapha,participated in a six-week-long, government-sponsored “Citizens Academy” hosted by the FBI as part of its outreach to the Muslim community.

During the six-week FBI program, Mustapha—a man tied to an officially designated terrorist organization—was escorted into the top secret National Counterterrorism Center and other secure government facilities, including the FBI National Academy located on the Quantico, Virginia U.S. Marine Base.

Terrorism expert Steve Emerson, director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, exposed Mustapha’s appointment in Illinois to a post as a State Police chaplain. However, according to Illinois officials, the appointment was revoked in spite of the protests of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

“Deputy National Security Advisor John Brennan must resign his post immediately,” said Mr. Gaffney, whose Center for Security Policy released a report entitled, Shariah: The Threat to America.

“Mr. Brennan is, at best, willfully blind to the threat posed to the homeland and national security of the United States by those who adhere to shariah. In the wake of this recent episode at the National Counterterrorism Center, in which the FBI gave a guided tour of one of our most sensitive counter-terrorism facilities to a known Hamas operative, it is clear that the cluelessness fostered by Mr. Brennan is causing an empowering of the wrong sorts of Muslims in America—and endangering the American people,” said Gaffney to reporters.

Several parts of this report are taken from writer Jim Kouri’s analysis for Major General Paul Vallely (U.S. Army-Ret.) and his organization and web site Stand Up America.


Jim Kouri, CPP, is founder and CEO of Kouri Associates, a homeland security, public safety and political consulting firm. He's formerly Fifth Vice-President, now a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, a columnist, and a contributor to the nationally syndicated talk-radio program, the Chuck Wilder Show.. He's former chief of police at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at St. Peter's University and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country.

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