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The latest Rasmussen poll reports that Americans think that the military should be investigating the case of the underwear bomber, should be trying to extract information about the terrorist cells in Yemen, and if necessary, should use water boarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques to make him talk.

Despite what you hear from the President and the Kumbaya School of terrorist interrogation, water boarding and the other “enhanced interrogation methods” do work, and in the past has saved American lives. Heck, even the liberal Washington Post has figured that out.

After enduring the CIA’s harshest interrogation methods and spending more than a year in the agency’s secret prisons, Khalid Sheik Mohammed stood before U.S. intelligence officers in a makeshift lecture hall, leading what they called “terrorist tutorials.”

In 2005 and 2006, the bearded, pudgy man who calls himself the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks discussed a wide variety of subjects, including Greek philosophy and al-Qaeda dogma. In one instance, he scolded a listener for poor note-taking and his inability to recall details of an earlier lecture.

Speaking in English, Mohammed “seemed to relish the opportunity, sometimes for hours on end, to discuss the inner workings of al-Qaeda and the group’s plans, ideology and operatives,” said one of two sources who described the sessions, speaking on the condition of anonymity because much information about detainee confinement remains classified. “He’d even use a chalkboard at times.”

These scenes provide previously unpublicized details about the transformation of the man known to U.S. officials as KSM from an avowed and truculent enemy of the United States into what the CIA called its “preeminent source” on al-Qaeda. This reversal occurred after Mohammed was subjected to simulated drowning and prolonged sleep deprivation, among other harsh interrogation techniques.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the terrorist who tried to blow up Northwest Flight 253 over Detroit on Christmas Day is part of a growing cell of terrorists executing their missions from Yemen. It appears that Umar and the Fort Hood terrorist Major Hasan were both mentored by radical Muslim Cleric Anwar Al-‘Awlaki. There are reports of other terrorists being associated with this cabal of Islamic zealots.

American’s see the growing threat and believe that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, should be subject to any interrogation methods necessary to extract information and protect US  citizens, be it water boarding or something worse like the Barney theme song 24 hours a day.
In fact Rasmussen is reporting that 58% of American voters believe we should be subjecting the underwear bomber to waterboarding and other aggressive interrogation techniques to get needed information and protect US citizens. Only 30% oppose the use of such techniques, and another 12% are not sure.

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Men and younger voters are more strongly supportive of the aggressive interrogation techniques than women and those who are older. Republicans and voters not affiliated with either major party favor their use more than Democrats.

Seventy-one percent (71%) of all voters think the attempt by the Nigerian Muslim to blow up the airliner as it landed in Detroit should be investigated by military authorities as a terrorist act. Only 22% say it should be handled by civilian authorities as a criminal act, as is currently the case. 

…Most voters also said the massacre at Fort Hood, Texas by a Muslim Army officer should be investigated by military authorities as a terrorist act rather than by civilian authorities as a criminal act. 

Sixty-three percent (63%) say political correctness prevented the military from responding to warning signs from Major Nidal Malik Hasan that could have prevented the Fort Hood shootings from taking place.

 Mr. President, this is what America wants, of course you haven’t cared about what America wants since your election over a year ago.

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