Political strategist Mary Matalin was a guest Thursday night on “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV. She spent almost her entire allotted time discussing the hypocrisy of California’s senior senator Diane Feinstein and her ranting against the CIA from her position on the Senate Intelligence Committee.
To put it mildly, Matalin feels Feinstein has lost her way. The Californian Democrat wants to declassify a top secret report of Bush-era interrogation tactics. Last month, Ms. Feinstein suggested such declassification would "ensure that an un-American, brutal program of detention and interrogation will never again be considered or permitted."
Matalin is perplexed by this 180 degree turn the senator is making from her usual stand on these sorts of matters. Nevertheless, Feinstein is adamant about the 6,000 page document and making it public, according to Politico.
"It would be laughable if it wasn't so despicable," the former adviser to the George W. Bush administration said. That puzzles Matalin because she says Feinstein was fully aware and used to be fully supportive of the tactics of which the committee's report is so critical.
"This is way beyond hypocrisy. This is blatant, overt fabrication. She was there, everybody approved of it, everybody knew of it," Matalin said on the Newsmax show. Ironically, Senator Feinstein was the Bush administration's critical contact in the Senate for coordination of Homeland Security information before and after 9/11. As Matalin put it, "She knows the information, she knows the lives that were saved and she knows the plots that have been thwarted."
The tactics for obtaining information from captured al Qaida fighters, revealed through “enhanced interrogation techniques,” were critical in Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s interrogation that ultimately led to the successful SEAL commando raid on Osama Bin Laden's Pakistan hideout, according to Matalin.
The CIA report is part of an elaborate Democratic strategy to rally the disheartened Democratic base in time for the midterm elections in Matalin’s thinking. "What's super-despicable about this is these Democrats, for their own political purposes, for this midterm, are attacking the very public servants, our security professionals, who cannot defend themselves or will not defend themselves because they fear declassifying their rebuttal would compromise sources and methods," Matalin said.
The former Bush strategist ended the interview with her own reflection on Senator Feinstein. “I'd say it's worse than emotion, it's something inexplicable and does not comport with her known reputation. It's really sad."
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