How Obama is continuing the War on Terror
All-Star panel weighs in
- Duration 4:11
- Date Jan 3, 2013
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My Clark was arrested in Djibouti by -- -- -- them authorities.
-- he was held incommunicado for awhile.
He was interrogated.
-- the Djibouti authorities.
He was roughed up quite a bit.
And then at some point American officials from the FBI and other.
Unnamed agencies and interrogated him.
Let's -- attorney for one of three alleged members of the smaller terrorist group -- Bob arrested in August overseas in Djibouti.
And you heard the allegations they're the Justice Department strongly disputes allegations of rendition.
That they were roughed up as he as he alleges.
Of course this goes against what candidate Obama and early in the president's term.
I've talked about.
Looking back to the bush era.
The use of anti terror.
Measures table is -- -- -- -- -- Tonight to be tortured.
-- our countries.
We're not a country that runs prisons which lots people away without ever telling them why they're there.
What they're charged with a.
If person's going to be if there's a rendition taking a person to a place.
Where the possibilities that person might be tortured that's the kind of rendition I think that is that is inappropriate.
So Tucker a lot of the bush era of terror policies -- continued really really remarkable and he's been especially bloodthirsty with the drums to as you know.
What the most remarkable thing about this is the lack of outcry from the civil libertarian -- which went completely bananas as you were called during the bush years.
The seven years after 9/11 they've been.
Virtually silent and not just on the international -- on the domestic stuff.
On this -- potential spying on American citizens we know the FBI -- private emails between General Petraeus and Paul brought well.
Probably without a warrant on what grounds why is that okay and -- -- point why is nobody up in arms about it kind of a big deal.
Gitmo is still open five so was signed the warrantless wiretap.
Operation has -- mentions the drone activity.
It's increased from prison where you know I think we've now got a clear.
Partisan difference Democrats.
Do drone strikes -- some people call assassination Republicans do waterboarding which some people call torture so there's.
You know the Republicans torture of the Democrats assassinate that's what this all teaches us.
And I think it's very clear why the president this president is doing what he's doing number one some of the stuff works.
Notwithstanding what he -- in the previous campaign.
And secondly it's popular.
If not popular it's widely acquiesced and by public opinion when he ran for reelection one of his highest ratings consistently was.
On the fight against terrorism he was over 50%.
And for Democrats to score that strongly on -- national security issue was.
-- our politics.
-- silence from the left and those groups that were very loud during the bush years.
This is pretty much hypocrisy is astonishing but I think.
I welcome it because what it means is the rotation power.
In a democracy is a fantastic asset.
As long as Republicans we're doing the -- were doing in the wiretaps.
We're doing the Patriot Act in Guantanamo.
And -- rendition it was an offense against humanity.
-- -- and Democrats are now in office they understand that this entire architecture.
For the British and the Bush Administration had created takes me -- -- right after nine elevenths.
Was a tremendous asset and kept us safe that was exactly what we needed for -- terrorism.
Clearly feel the president you have to protect your country -- -- you do what you have to do.
-- -- indicates what the Bush Administration has done and now we have a national consensus on that which I think is.
A terrific advantage over.
Where we -- when Republicans were in power was the only reason.
To be -- grateful that Obama won in 2000 me.
That is it for the panel.