Original avuncular Vulcan, the nigh indestructible cardiac wise regime changing fan VP Cheney took his gig deadly seriously after 911. Mainly, discover items brother Vulcan and then Def Sec Rumsfeld called 'known unknowns and unknown unknowns' in regards to blood oath enemies like super villan OBL's Al Qaeda.
"There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know."
Like future plans, plots and organizational/operational methodology. Hop on the way machine for a sec and try to remember the aftermath of 911.
It was frightening. Scary new words like 'Ground Zero', "anthrax", "Taliban", "sniper" and "weapons of mass destruction" were intro'd to kids across America - live in our living rooms with a horrific huge smoking 20 acre crater in the heart of the world.
And the seemingly most unravelable rats nest of all - "Al Qaeda"
It was only a matter of time before a repeat attack occured. Truly, AQ brought Great Satan to her knees.
Despite fleets of stealth bombers and satellites the most important prevention tool in the shed was and is known as 'human intelligence'.
"Humint" in spy talk.
The recent ABC IView with the refreshingly unrepentant VP shared a bit of humint .
"I think, for example, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who was the number three man in al Qaeda, the man who planned the attacks of 9/11, provided us with a wealth of information. There was a period of time there, three or four years ago, when about half of everything we knew about al Qaeda came from that one source."
Whoa! So as recent as 2004 and 2005 nearly 50% of known knowns about AQ came from a single source.
"It means that three to four years after 9/11, everything else the
U.S. Government did to learn about al Qaeda equaled, in terms of overall value, the intelligence collected from the interrogations of a single terrorist.
This means that all of the other techniques and intelligence programs
put in place to understand al Qaeda have been, comparatively speaking, less effective (in terms of a basic cost-benefit analysis).
Ex CIA cat Geo Tenet's "At the Center of the Storm" reveals that after one especial session with the Korean war era Chinese refined water torture, quizzing KSM ignited a chain of events that gave AQ's planners and operatives a nasty surprise that pre empted and prevented the 2nd wave of attacks.
While these other programs certainly led to some successes, they
clearly did not produce a relatively large amount of actionable intelligence if KSM’s interrogation alone produced half of what they knew."
Obviously, AQ has more gossip and secrets stashed than KSM knew, knows, could or can guess at. Kinda makes you wonder what all Great Satan didn't know then or doesn't know now.
A few future quizes remain - after charges of torture and rendering hapless murderous jerks, creep and retards uncomfortable, how should Great Satan conduct leisured, thorough investigations and interrogations?
How and what techniques will be used? Will any procedures be as effective or as controversial in the future as certain ones are now?
And what about such magical humint enhancing locales like Gitmo?
VP Cheney admits that is a great question.
"One suggestion is, well, we bring them to the United States. Well, I
don't know very many congressmen, for example, who are eager to have 200 al Qaeda terrorists deposited in their district."
Pic - Gitmo Dick