Skip to comments.Pelosi in public dispute with CIA over interrogation
Posted on 05/14/2009 12:50:16 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
WASHINGTON, May 14 (Reuters) - The top Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday got into a public dispute with the CIA over what she knew about harsh interrogation techniques in 2002 in the latest twist in a Washington political firestorm.
The troubles of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi threatened to divert Democrats from President Barack Obama's economic agenda when many Americans would like to put Bush-era controversies behind them.
She has been caught up in a debate over what she knew about the techniques when they were being used and why she did not speak out to oppose them if she knew about them.
Pelosi accused her critics of drawing attention to what she might have known about the interrogation techniques as a tactic to avert attention from "those who conceived, developed and implemented these policies."
The debate over interrogation methods has become a source of tension as liberals press Obama for the prosecution of Bush-era officials and Republicans insist the techniques produced intelligence that helped avert Sept. 11-style attacks.
The CIA last week contradicted Pelosi, saying she had been told about the use of methods such as waterboarding, or simulated drowning, in a September 2002 briefing.
The spy agency had issued a chart saying Pelosi, then the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, and Porter Goss, the committee chairman at the time, were given "a description of the particular EITs (enhanced interrogation techniques) that had been employed."
A besieged Pelosi held a news conference to give her side of the story, saying she was briefed that the Bush administration had legal opinions that concluded the use of these procedures were legal.
"The only mention of waterboarding at that briefing was that it was not being employed," she said.
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“Hello, I’m Nancy Pelosi, and I’ve got a secret.”
Keep digging Nancy.
Great. Now the CIA, our main source of intelligence against an enemy attack, is too busy responding to a dimwit’s story than to prevent an attack.
God help this country.
Nancy is FOS!
Nancy needs to shut it. She looks like a fool, an inept moron. A whiner. Incompetent.
I’m not sure what she’s trying to accomplish by doing this.
CIA spokesman George Little stuck to the agency's language.
"The language in the chart -- 'a description of the particular EITs that had been employed' -- is true to the language in the agency's records."
This woman is so corrupt. Keep the pressure on the witch.
While we’re at it, let’s also revisit the claims that Congress was “misled” on the reasons for finally toppling Sadaam.
Even though Plame and Wilson were left wing liars and political hacks, conservatives were treated like “traitors” if we pointed out the obvious contradictions and lies told to us by Wilson and Plame.
Now the Left hates the CIA again, it appears!
Inside the Beltway is a special place you see!
When it was just Bush and Cheney: Torture
When it was possible Pelosi may have lied: "Harsh interrogation"
When its obvious Pelosi lied: "interrogation methods"
I think it is helpful if this keeps going....slows down any spending BILLS>>>>>>
Two weeks ago Democrats were in full attack mode, intending to prosecute any and all who tortured enemy combatants. Thanks to the backbone of some former senior CIA folks and I might add, the Washington Post, there has been an abject reversal, culminating in a letter from the House Intelligence Committee to all CIA personnel. Here's the story.
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