I think it was John (AverageGayJoe) who asked that question in the comments a few days ago. The Hill took that question to a variety of political pundit-types.
I agree with Tom Fitton from Judicial Watch:
The Obama administration’s anti-terrorism policies have made the United States less safe.
Obama’s decision to end the use of the enhanced interrogation techniques prevents us from gaining intelligence that can save lives and prevent terrorist attacks (like the recent attempt to blow up the Detroit-bound airliner).
Obama’s decision to prosecute 9/11 terrorists in civilian court is a public relations victory for Al Qaeda that will lead, among other deadly dangers, to the release of intelligence data that will help terrorists.
Obama’s decision to prosecute the recent airline bomber Abdulmutallab in the civilian system prevents our defense and intelligence agencies from gaining access to timely information that might prevent future terrorist attacks. And it will encourage more terrorism by suggesting leniency can be had by terrorists in plea bargain negotiations with civilian prosecuters.
Obama’s decision to close Gitmo will result in terrorists being brought to the United States, with all the attendant risks to the homeland – which include the outright release of terrorists in the United States.
Obama’s decision to release terrorists from Gitmo and elsewhere will lead to more terrorism from recidivist terrorists. [GP Ed. Note — Released Gitmo terrorists (under Bush) already have returned to the battlefield.]
But the real question is…. what do you think? What do your neighbors think? What do the majority of Americans think? Is America Less Safe Under Obama?
I’d like to see Gallup ask that question. The best part of this whole conversation is that Dick Cheney began the discussion with that very point. Hooah.
Thanks to Obama, the terrorists know they have nothing to fear — and thus have no incentive to talk. And even if they did face some enhanced techniques, the techniques would no longer work — because the terrorist would know from the memos that there are limits to what they would face. The effect of the techniques is psychological, not physical. They trick the terrorists into thinking what they are enduring is worse than it really is.
It’s like the show Magic’s Biggest Secrets Revealed — once you know how the magician saws the woman in half, you’re not fooled. The same goes for enhanced interrogation.
Obama’s policies themselves are making our nation less safe.