Speaker says she wants ‘truth’ commission investigation.
An honest and thorough review of the enhanced interrogation program must also assess the likely damage done to U.S. national security by Mr. Obama’s decision to release the memos over the objections of Mr. Panetta and four of his predecessors.
[Mr. Panetta, we surmise, is already sorry he accepted the CIA Director job from Mr. Obama.]
**CIA briefed Congress 40 times.
.During her tortured press conference this morning, Nancy Pelosi was clear as mud about her involvement in policies developed to allow enhanced interrogation of terrorists to protect American lives.
She laughingly said she was briefed about waterboarding, but not told the truth about waterboarding, that an aide told her about it, but she couldn’t respond or believe it because of her respect for secrecy and proper procedures. She has offerred numerous explanations about what she knew and when she knew it. Her story is still not straight.
So far, she has only raised more questions and failed to provide useful answers, digging her own hole deeper.
In a flourish this morning, she accused the Bush Administration and the CIA and the Republican Party of lying to Congress, concealing their activities, which she characterized as illegal. Increasingly however it appears she knew waterboarding had been approved by legal authority and that the CIA was using it to protect American lives, and she raised no objections.
Apparently, fellow Americans, she hopes you will believe her hands are completely clean and all her political adversaries are corrupt.
Still she wants a ‘truth’ commission, presumably to verify the prejudicial determinations she has already settled upon. Given the Speaker’s track record, it appears likely she is politicizing this issue, and national security, as she has done for years.
This American does not appreciate having his family’s safety compromised for the sake of Pelosi’s political ambitions.
So far, the only thing clear in all this is somebody is lying. Watching Dick Cheney calmly and systematically discuss the matter compared to Pelosi’s fumbling nervousness, indicates where credibility lies. When you examine Porter Goss’s remarks (below), notice Panetta’s contradictions, and observe the President distancing himself, then it is reasonable to conclude Pelosi’s days are numbered.
Below are news reports of Pelosi’s various explanations.
Any parent listening to a teenager tell numerous versions of the same event in efforts to blame shift and avoid responsibility knows he is being jerked around. Pelosi apparently thinks we a stupid enough to believe her teenage maneuverings.
NOTICE HOW THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IS BEGINNING TO DISTANCE* FROM PELOSI. IS THE PRESIDENT SETTING HER UP TO TAKE THE FALL?
Asked whether she was accusing the CIA of lying to her during a 2002 briefing on the use of so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques,” Pelosi said: “Yes, misleading the Congress of the United States, misleading the Congress of the United States. I am.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly was told in February 2003 by her intelligence aide, Michael Sheehy, that waterboarding was used on CIA terror detainee Abu Zubaydah, directly contradicting Pelosi’s account that she had never been informed of the technique’s use.
According to the Senate Intelligence committee, the CIA briefed Pelosi, then the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, on the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah — who was waterboarded — in 2002.
*Reporting from Washington — Congressional leaders were briefed repeatedly on the CIA’s use of severe interrogation methods on Al Qaeda suspects, according to new information released by the Obama administration Thursday that appears to contradict the assertions of House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Pelosi has maintained that, in the only briefing she received on enhanced interrogation techniques, she was not told that waterboarding or any other of the enhanced methods had been used used, only that the Bush administration believed it had the legal authority to use them. That account is contradicted by the report to Congress from the intelligence community last week. It described a Sept. 4, 2002 briefing where Pelosi, then-House intelligence Chairman Porter Goss, and two aides were told about “the particular EITs that had been employed” on terrorist suspect Abu Zubaydah.
**Ms. Pelosi’s denials are also difficult to square with a chronology of 40 CIA briefings to Congressional Members compiled by the CIA and released this week by Director Leon Panetta. For the September 4, 2002 meeting, the CIA’s summary of the discussion reads: “Briefing on EITs including use of EITs on Abu Zubaydah, background on authorities, and a description of the particular EITs that had been employed.” We emphasize the verb tense to underscore the contradiction with Ms. Pelosi’s categorical denials of last month.
Pelosi is a liar by Karl Rove
“It is clear that after the 9/11 attacks Mrs. Pelosi was briefed on enhanced interrogation techniques and the valuable information they produced. She not only agreed with what was being done, she apparently pressed the CIA to do more. ”
MANY CIA AGENTS HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES TO PROTECT US . . . and many times politicians have used the CIA as a scapegoat.