58% Say Obama’s Release of CIA Memos Endangers National Security


The Presidential oath of office::

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

According to a recent Rasmussen poll, 58% of Americans say that President Barack Obama’s release of of CIA memos about the harsh interrogation methods endangers National Security. 28% say no and 14% are clueless.

Fifty-eight percent (58%) believe the Obama administration’s recent release of CIA memos about the harsh interrogation methods used on terrorism suspects endangers the national security of the United States. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 28% believe the release of the memos helps America’s image abroad.

But then again, Barack Obama does not want to use the phrase, a war on terror.

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    43 Responses to “58% Say Obama’s Release of CIA Memos Endangers National Security”

    1. Gene on April 24th, 2009 12:16 pm

      Everyone knows that Rasmussen is a conservative and skews his numbers.It is discredited poll/plus polls dont mean anything.You just love to bash Obama at any cost.

    2. nurturer on April 24th, 2009 12:20 pm

      The other 42% will get it when the next hit lands in their backyard. Then the whining will be heard for miles.

    3. Carpe on April 24th, 2009 1:31 pm

      Of course Obama has endangered us with this drivel.

      It’s really important to point out, that all who claim to have been tortured, were able to retain their heads and their ability to whine like babies. That is just so important in the
      torture process.

      Long live Obama bin Laden – President of the American Taliban

    4. Gunslinger on April 24th, 2009 2:03 pm

      Could this be considered an act of treason?


    5. rightknight on April 24th, 2009 2:13 pm

      War on Terror, (aka: whatever Barry wants to call it) continues.
      Giving the enemy encouragement in the form of our proven
      successful interrogation techniques is akin to TREASON if
      in fact it is not treason itself. Weakening our Country’s
      intel gathering ability is anti-American. During wartime
      America destroys enemy cities and towns as do our foes.
      Coddling critical information sources is bald stupidity.

    6. SUPER DAVE on April 24th, 2009 2:18 pm

      #1: just like when msnbc states that the polls favor obama ? only 1000 people polled and most of them democrats ! try again later you didn’t win anything this time.

    7. caesu on April 24th, 2009 2:40 pm

      not releasing the memos would mean the CIA can torture in secret.

      the national security was endangered from the time the torture started.
      these tortures are a great recruitment tool for terrorist leaders who want to indoctrinate kids into joining them.

      of course sooner or later this would come out in the public.
      or do you prefer a secretive stalinist regime where persons are tortured or purged without anyone knowing what happened to them?

      i bet a lot more and a lot worse will come out about all the evil done by the previous administration.
      of course some american who voted for Bush twice don’t want this to come out.
      because they fear they are going to have problems with their conscience.

    8. HOPE on April 24th, 2009 4:11 pm

      Gotta hand it to Bush…

      ‘America’ has lost its’ credibility,

      being no better than terrorists;

      lost its’ standing as nation that

      holds freedom and liberty above all,

      lost its’ standing as a world power,

      and it’s money…

      All in one failing swoop!



      The whining has already begun…

    9. Michelle Smith on April 24th, 2009 4:31 pm

      Have you people forgotten about the be-headings at the hands of these terrorists? Come On a little waterboarding is not extreme torture. Can’t you dems just let it go? You Bush haters will find any reason to rail on Bush. Do you have a better idea on how to get information from terrorists? I suppose you want to fix them a sandwich and hold hands. You people have no clue what torture is, maybe you should ask John McCain. Personally, I don’t feel sorry for the terrorists but then again I love America and want her to stay free.

      American is starting to lose it’s credibility at the hands of this clown. What a joke. Why don’t we just tell our enemies to come on over, we won’t hurt you, we can sit down and play nice.


      #7 It was not a secret….Nancy Pelosi was well aware of the waterboarding just as they all were. She can lie all she wants to about it, I ain’t buying it. Sounds like she’s been taking lessons from Clinton.

    10. Michelle Smith on April 24th, 2009 4:32 pm

      #1 And everyone knows that the MSM is in Obama’s pocket. So you certainly can’t believe their polls.

    11. HOPE on April 24th, 2009 5:29 pm


      Which is it:

      Are we Bush haters on kool-aid…


      People concerned about our future?


      It won’t be long before everyone knows
      what Bush did… EVERYTHING!

      You can’t blame that on Obama.

    12. HOPE on April 24th, 2009 5:56 pm

      Committing War Crimes is Illegal!


      Do your research…

    13. Dan on April 24th, 2009 6:38 pm

      Im betting that if one of those rag heads came over and caught you, you would change your tune, I suppose you would offer them a coke and a twinkie to not chop off your head. As they hold your head up in a video clip we will say gee, maybe waterboarding isn’t so bad.

    14. Carpe on April 24th, 2009 6:47 pm

      Hey, that’s about as illegal as cutting off your head, huh Hope? Great point.

    15. super dave on April 24th, 2009 6:59 pm

      # 12: so you think that your boy barry knob polishing terrorists, attending their parties,supporting the burning of christian churches, and may i add sending money to kenya for this purpose is ok ?
      you seriously need need to get a life. maybe move to a town that at least has a wal mart so you can have a place to go. maybe there’s enough stimulus money for you to get a greeter’s job there. oh, and by the way all your dumpocrat politicians ok’d this tactic including your boy so condemn them also.

    16. DePlume on April 24th, 2009 7:44 pm

      Have you noticed it’s no longer Bush’s watch? It’s your turn Left-leaning, liberal, progressive Democrats. Let’s see you make this fiasco work. Deep-debt economics don’t work at my house, in my town, in my county, in my State.

      Bet ya wish ya had Bush to kick around some more!

    17. HOPE on April 24th, 2009 9:11 pm

      Super Dave:

      Oh, My!

      Who are you to talk about burning churches?
      No doubt you’ve charred a few in your day.
      I’d be careful about mentioning Wal-Mart… besides, that’s Carpe’s job, remember?



      What is that… a threat?

      I’d be real careful if I were you…


      I know, you are just a couple of ruthless idiots
      who like to strike out, blindly, into the night
      without a clue about what the facts are.

      Too bad!



      He’s close enough.

    18. HOPE on April 24th, 2009 9:23 pm


      How is a beaten naked man crouching in the corner of his cell going to cut off my head? Remember, there are rules that are made for all of humanity, not just the ‘rag heads’ as you put it. Obviously, while Bush was avoiding his accounting… someone else was keeping tabs!


    19. rightknight on April 25th, 2009 12:43 am

      Collective cowards, hiding among civilian populations,
      wearing rag masks, shooting from ‘churches’, butchering
      captives, purposefully killing innocents, whipping women,
      beheading victims, and so on. These, the Poster Boys for
      a way of life they believe in blindly following the bidding
      of their masters. They are the ones encouraged by reading
      about the limitations of American Enhanced Interrogation

      Photos to follow at 11?

    20. nurturer on April 25th, 2009 8:42 am

      #8 – So I’ve noticed.

    21. DePlume on April 25th, 2009 8:55 am

      “Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
      No one exemplifies the model of the terrorist entrepreneur more clearly than Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the principal architect of the 9/11 attacks.”

      KSM did not participate in 9/11, he arranged it and associates carried it out. His associates could cut off your head; but, that would be okay as long as we adhered to the Geneva Convention.

      “beaten naked man crouching in the corner of his cell”??

      Thousands were squashed and they spent their last moments knowing it would happen. I feel sorry for the torture and pain they suffered. The people in the Towers were innocent; KSM was not.

    22. nurturer on April 25th, 2009 8:57 am

      #4 – If not, it could at least be called ‘providing aid and comfort to the enemy’. Because, as we all must realize, the opinion of the world is much more an important thing than the lives of American citizens. Therefore sacrifices, albeit Amercian human lives, will just have to take a backseat to getting to being popular again.

      Michael Scheuer said that neither the Republicans nor the Democrats have a CLUE about what we’re up against. It would appear by some of the extremely naive comments on this board that at least some voters, if not a good portion of the electorate, don’t have a clue either.

      Mr. Scheuer also insists that we will be hit again and it will be bloody. I continue to believe that more Americans will have to die to make even more Americans grow up.

      Apparently, 9/11 wasn’t enough.

    23. DePlume on April 25th, 2009 10:10 am

      #22 Nuturer,
      Unfortunately, I agree.

      We need each other to temper the Nation, but tempered steel it must be . . . not limp cheesecloth.

      Over the years, the playing field has been evened (not leveled) to our disadvantage. Now, we are in a constant uphill march.

      How long before we are trying to scale an impossible cliff?

      Answer: We have until the next “bomb” is dropped . . . be it economical, psychological, social, or physical.

    24. Michelle Smith on April 25th, 2009 9:40 pm

      #11 I don’t know, you tell me. Don’t you think hijacking planes and flying them into buildings is illegal? Don’t you think that beheading someone is illegal? These people are evil and they only want us dead or convert us to Islam. In their eyes if you are not Islamic then you must die. So tell me how do suppose we get information from these terrorist? I don’t think playing nice with the enemy is going to get us anywhere. Waterboarding is nowhere near the horrific torture that the dems try to make it out to be.

      And to answer you silly question about a naked man cowarding in a corner. That’s what they do when they get caught. They hide behind their masks when committing crimes but cry like babies when they are captured. No, the man in the corner cannot cut your head off anymore but he sure would if he hadn’t been captured.

      It really angers me that you would sit here and say Bush is evil, Bush needs to be brought up on war crimes and Bush should be hung like Saddam Hussein. You can’t be serious. How can you compare anything that Bush has done to what these terrorist have been doing? That is sick.

      And your other statement about it won’t be long before everyone knows what Bush did…Everything….What the hell are you talking about? He didn’t do anything that Congress didn’t know about at the time. I didn’t hear any of them complaining at the time. A bunch of gutless turds is what they are. They sit their with their mouths shut while all of it was going on but now they want to make a stink about it. Just what the hell are they trying to accomplish anyway?

      Hope: I don’t know how you can call yourself a Christian and be in favor of abortion, stem cell research & socialism. It truly amazes me.

    25. HOPE on April 26th, 2009 12:51 am


      I have no idea where you got the idea that I’m in favor of abortion or stem cell research… so I don’t understand the question.

      But, as for the rest of your comment… My honest opinion is that George Jr. was going to go to Bagdad with or without American support just like his dad before him. Quite honestly, there are Islamic people that live in this country and they’re not chopping peoples’ heads off or ramming planes into buildings… and outside of the fact that we have allowed ourselves to be dependent on those Arabic countries for oil, I see no reason to want to blow them off the face of the earth. What started out as a search for Bin Laden has turned into a very, very expensive military exercise that was not only a waste of our tax money, but one that will tax future generations. In my opinion, there are better ways of dealing with criminals from Afghanistan than bombing in Iraq. Besides, there are courts of law that are established to deal with war criminals. In my opinion, George W. and Junior broke all the rules and it has cost us dearly.

      One thing that I think about often is Our Lady of Fatima. Obviously, not even our love for God or belief in religion can guide the conscience of America as it appears, in these days, we have none.

      Next thing to put on your shopping list:

      An electric automobile.


    26. HOPE on April 26th, 2009 1:01 am


      As far as the death toll of America’s organized attacks in Arab countries compared to terrorist attacks on American soil, I’d hate to have to compare the two but maybe you should ponder on that point for awhile…

    27. HOPE on April 26th, 2009 2:03 am


      I hope you’re still not stuck in the 70′s…

      The times have changed but the song remains the same:



    28. HOPE on April 26th, 2009 2:13 am

      But, we have grown up…


      The songs the same, only the names have changed.



    29. DePlume on April 26th, 2009 12:17 pm

      Hope is incorrect: “But, as for the rest of your comment… My honest opinion is that George Jr. was going to go to Bagdad with or without American support just like his dad before him.”

      The United States had support to oust the Iraqis from Kuwait and there was little support to proceed farther. Saddam remained in place; Baghdad was not entered.

      Although there may have been a Bush (43) inclination to finish the job Bush (41) started, Gulf War I left the Iraqi people subject to further atrocities engineered by Saddam and his henchmen.

      Unless history has been rewritten in the last (less than) 100 days, that is what I saw–at the time.

    30. super dave on April 26th, 2009 4:24 pm

      hope, since you guys are supposedly trying to be more black or whatever you call it, read up about your boy and delve into the atrocities he has supported in africa.
      i’m so sorry that you are so easily deceived by the magic one. but as they say , the weak minded are easily led to destruction.

    31. HOPE on April 26th, 2009 9:54 pm

      Yeah, DePlume, except there weren’t any babies dying in hospitals, nor were there people being shot in the streets. By the time America had gotten there they had scattered troups that soon became dead troops that we had to clean up and burn. Their forces were weak because they went into Kuwait thinking they had a right to extend their border to where it had been originally. Those areas included oil fields, not cities. We slaughtered them, like animals and cheered like we were watching a video as we saw their tanks being bombed from the sky, not thinking about the infrastructure that was being destroyed with them… highways, bridges, sewer systems not to mention innocent victims… who our REAL boys had to bury. There were millions of people that were effected by our first attack upon Iraq… there was no need to go back. We returned to Iraq based on false reports concerning stock-piling uranium.

      FALSE reports…


      not so Super Dave…

      The weak minded? I’ve never heard that one before. I’ve heard the meek shall inherit the earth and by that I assume He means the people that are humble as opposed to critical and boisterous. But, weak minded? In the Bible it says, ‘As you have done to the weakest one among you, so you have done to Me’. But, nope, haven’t heard that one before.

    32. HOPE on April 26th, 2009 10:08 pm

      … and you’re wrong as well. We did target certain areas in Bagdad. Old George said what a fine job we had done by not killing many civilians… but he targeted their infrastructure. Which leads to death in the end. Cholera was responsible for hundreds of thousands of death because of unclean drinking water. Tell the truth about war, we don’t need any sugar coating.

    33. Michelle Smith on April 26th, 2009 10:32 pm

      #25 Well you support Obama and he is in favor of abortion & government funded stem cell research and socialism. Am I missing something? That is why I can’t bring myself to vote democrat, besides the fact that the dems like to spend my money and give my money to the lazy ass people who don’t want to work. They like to raise taxes and don’t really give a hoot about the American people. Yep, as a Christian I can’t vote democrat.

    34. Dolf on April 27th, 2009 4:10 am

      Michelle, how can you be a christian and against socialism (strong help the weak)

      Dolf, give me a break. One can easily be Christian and against socialism. Redistribution of the wealth does not help the poor … it enslaves them.

      How many Christian organizations provide to the needy & the poor? Uh, all of them.

      Get another argument because this one is lame.

    35. Dolf on April 27th, 2009 6:51 am

      I see socialism as providing ppl with enough cash so they won’t die of hunger.
      when poor ppl don’t have to fight for food everyday, they have the time to look up.

      Michelle, most ppl are not lazy SOB’s, some just got shafted, some are looking very hard for a new job, but can’t find 1.
      I hope that you don’t get in such a position…and if you do…would you consider yourself a lazy SOB?

      And bout leechers
      We don’t like leechers, cause they are the downfall of our form of socialism

      leeches steal

    36. Dolf on April 27th, 2009 8:42 am


      I have to admitt to I may have been learned a different explanation of socialism then what for example the Britannica (www.britannica.com) states.

      Although socialism as its explained isn’t present in Europe, its more an offspring of it.

    37. Michelle Smith on April 27th, 2009 9:16 am


      You don’t know what the hell you are talking about. I’m talking about these people that don’t work, don’t want to work and want the government to take care of them. I’m not talking about the hard working tax paying Americans. They are the ones getting the shaft. I’m talking about the ones that bought a house they couldn’t afford just because the banks were willing to give them a loan. I happen to know plenty of people who don’t do shit and want to live off the government. Also, there are too many illegals in this country that are living off the government (our tax money) Now, all of us working people are suffering. People are getting laid off and losing their homes. You missed the whole point of my post as usual. You need to learn what the meaning of socialism is. We do not want to be a socialist country. We also, do not believe that free health care is the answer. Now run along and worry about your own country.

    38. HOPE on April 27th, 2009 12:58 pm

      Oh my God!

      It goes from people being weak minded to people being just plain lazy. I don’t mind that I make more money than others. I’m just thankful for the things I can do…. many are not so lucky.

      Michelle would rather have that money spent on killing people than helping them… as long as she get’s more than her share of the pie, screw everyone else. I tend to think in the larger scheme of things.

      And, you all know, I don’t support anyone…
      but, rather, everyone, that’s all.

    39. SUPER DAVE on April 27th, 2009 2:15 pm

      you should pray to God more because you sure had us all fooled. and thanks for your support. you stop the abusive comments and they will all stop.
      sticking your nose into everyone’s business with
      your quotes copied from the bible then being a hypocrite is unnecessary.
      and with all your fantasies about sodomy you might just need some professional help.

    40. Michelle Smith on April 27th, 2009 4:00 pm

      Hope you don’t know me. I don’t mind helping people. As a matter of fact, I volunteer plenty for my community. What I do mind is Obama telling me how to spend what little money I have left. I said nothing about killing people. Stop trying to put words in my mouth. You are the one that wants to kill Bush and his cronies as you call it. All I said is that waterboarding is not the vile torture that you guys make it out to be. Beheading is by far worse but that’s okay in your eyes I see. I do know that alot of people don’t want to work, they want to live off the government because they think they are entitled. I said nothing about hard workers that happened to get caught up in this recession and lost their jobs & homes. I think you seriously need to step back and look at the big picture. I can hear the hatred in your posts for Bush. I do not hate Obama, I simply disagree with his policies and the way he is ruining our country. BIG DIFFERENCE and I never wished him any harm. You on the other hand wants Bush dead. That’s pretty disgusting.

    41. HOPE on April 28th, 2009 3:47 am


      Saying that our president should be court-marshalled or asking if he’s going to be the next one hung in a public square (like Husein) is my way of saying that 1) We had no business in Iraq in the first place, much less supporting it’s leader’s court marshall and eventual hanging and 2) We have no business in being any part of having other world leaders over-thrown, assassinated or executed. Bush has gone places that other presidents didn’t dare go. We are not a bunch of tyrants running the world… we’re a country that believes in liberty, justice and the freedom to choose our leaders… leaders that make decisions based on the best interest of his countrymen.

      It used to be a dream to unite the America’s (North, Central and South America) instead of doing business with countries like China, Saudi Arabia, Korea and Japan. But, now, all our money is going to countries overseas, especially China, as there are many businesses that would rather ignore the human suffering that goes on in those countries and take advantage of low labor costs than to stand up for our ideals. We have a whole continent that we’ve put countless years into making our allies, showing them the example of how a democracy should work… but in the case of the Bush administration, all the principals that we held so high have been cut to nothing and the world has come to be an even more dangerous place to be… All because one man (whose job it was to protect us) put his own interests above that of his people.

      Everything came before us… big business, private interests and even our own right to free enterprise. So from now on if you want to complain about the possibility that socialism may be knocking on our door, just remember who put it there! It was the voice of the people that wanted change and elected Obama and if you don’t believe in your own democracy, then perhaps socialism is the way to go or better yet, bring Bush back and we can call it a dictatorship because in the minds of most Americans, that was the way we were heading. Can Obama pull us back together again? Not if it depends on people who cannot have respect for or trust the majority of their people. In my opinion, Bush, along with a few natural disasters has left this country and its’ people in dire need of a government by the people for the people. And… hopefully one that can turn the tide on the damage that has been done to this country, its’ citizens and its’ reputation.


      And, Super Dave:

      My right to practice religion is one that I do not only appreciate, but one I exercise. Neither you nor anyone else on this planet can take that right away from me. So put that in your crack pipe and smoke it!

    42. Dolf on April 28th, 2009 7:09 am

      Michelle, although its a nice topic to ramble about that 1 or 2 % is not that important, besides that you have a lot of free loaders in your close circle (I don’t all my friends have jobs)

      another thing…those illegals living of your tax money are the ones in jail?
      cause otherwise they would not be illegal

      and for that bankstory of yours….they bought a house they couldn’t afford and are baffeled that they won’t get a loan from the bank

      but your post went back and forwards towards a goal that was/is not clear

      you can’t blame the illegals for all the problems, its to easy and happened before….

      another thing:

      waterboarding = torture
      beheading = murder
      you torture some1 to get info (experts doubt the quality of info gotten from torture)
      when you behead somebody, i think we canb agree that that person would not give anymore info

      another: free healthcare??

      our healthcare isn’t free, I pay 120eu a month
      its UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE, everybody is insured, everybody pays.
      How come if the US system is so much better, then why is it more expansive and you get less for your buck?

    43. Dolf on April 28th, 2009 7:11 am

      I apologize for difficult reading (same thing I accused Michelle off)

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