Thursday, April 23, 2009

Say What? Nancy Pelosi Was Briefed On Waterboarding Tactics, But Did Not Know It Would Be Used (Video)

Just like the war in Iraq was approved overhwhelmingly by Liberals in Congress, they approved of waterboarding as well.

That is, until the nuts who bankroll their campaigns balked at the so-called "human rights" violations of terror detainees.

Pelosi not telling the truth? Who knew?!? What an idiot.

Glenn Thrush at POLITICO reports:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is pushing back on GOP charges that she knew about waterboarding for years and did nothing.

Pelosi says she was briefed by Bush administration officials on the legal justification for using waterboarding — but that they never followed through on promises to inform her when they actually began using "enhanced" interrogation techniques

"In that or any other briefing…we were not, and I repeat, were not told that waterboarding or any of these other enhanced interrogation techniques were used. What they did tell us is that they had some legislative counsel ... opinions that they could be used," she told reporters today.

Earlier, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) criticized Pelosi and other Democratic leaders for backing probes into the use of waterboarding — after reportedly failing to raise objections during a briefing on its potential use in 2002.

"Well, yesterday I saw a partial list of the number of members of the House and Senate, Democrats and Republicans, who were briefed on these interrogation methods and not a word was raised at the time, not one word," Boehner told reporters at his weekly news availability.

"And I think you're going to hear more and more about the bigger picture here, that what — the war on terror after 9/11 was done in a bipartisan basis on lots of fronts. And that bigger story will be coming out," he added.

Thrush also notes that Pelosi was aware:

Nancy Pelosi denies knowing U.S. officials used waterboarding — but GOP operatives are pointing to a 2007 Washington Post story which describes an hour-long 2002 briefing in which Pelosi was told about enhanced interrogation techniques in graphic detail.

Two unnamed officials told the paper that Pelosi, then a member of the Democratic minority, didn't raise substantial objections.

Joby Warrick and Dan Eggen wrote:

In September 2002, four members of Congress met in secret for a first look at a unique CIA program designed to wring vital information from reticent terrorism suspects in U.S. custody. For more than an hour, the bipartisan group, which included current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was given a virtual tour of the CIA's overseas detention sites and the harsh techniques interrogators had devised to try to make their prisoners talk.

Among the techniques described, said two officials present, was waterboarding, a practice that years later would be condemned as torture by Democrats and some Republicans on Capitol Hill. But on that day, no objections were raised. Instead, at least two lawmakers in the room asked the CIA to push harder, two U.S. officials said.

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  1. The "Witch Of Wacky" pontificates her leftist drivel to all who will listen & drink her Kool-Aid. To those who subscribe to her insanity there leaves little hope of ever being able to muster a cogent thought regarding the goodness of America

  2. Place Ms. Legosi on the stand with a lie detector. Two faced on most subjects including abortion.The smile is dangerous.

  3. Pelosi is such a friggin liar. I want the minutes to come out so we can see the idiot she is and then remove her from office