Amid calls for torture prosecutions, former Bush administration officials Friday slammed President Barack Obama's release of terror interrogation memos, warning the move would fuel "timidity and fear" among US spies.
Unhappy with Obama's promise not to prosecute CIA officials, human rights groups have demanded criminal investigations of officials who approved or used the chillingly detailed in the Justice Department memos.
But in an editorial in The Wall Street Journal, former CIA director Michael Hayden and charged that disclosure of the memos "was unnecessary as a legal matter, and is unsound as a matter of policy."
"Its effect will be to invite the kind of institutional timidity and fear of recrimination that weakened intelligence gathering in the past, and that we came sorely to regret on September 11, 2001."
White House senior adviser David Axelrod countered that Obama's decision to release the memos written by top legal officials in George W. Bush's administration was "a weighty decision."
Obama "thought very long and hard about it, consulted widely, because there were two principles at stake," Axelrod told the Politico news website.
"One is the sanctity of covert operations and keeping faith with the people who do them, and the impact on national security, on the one hand. And the other was the law and his belief in transparency."
This was nothing but Barry catering to his left-wing, loon base at the risk of putting Americans at danger. Think most Americans care about potential terrorists, the kind of human's who'll blow up innocent women and children on a whim, suffering from interrogation tactics, knowing full well that these people will die for their cause? While women in Afghanistan are being faced with the potential enactment of marital laws that basically amount to rape, the Hate-Bush crowd is seeking vengeance. Muslim extremists should be treated like the bloodthirsty, psychos that they are, especially when the safety of our country is at risk.