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Friday, May 08, 2009

Pelosi LIED About Interrogation Briefings

Will she be held the the same standard of accountability the left demands of Republicans?

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Drudge Report Headline: "Drip, Drip, Drip."

Remember the headline in the Huffington Post: "Pelosi: Bush Administration Never Briefed Congress On Waterboarding?" The story was based on Pelosi's insistence that "We were not -- I repeat, we were not -- told that water boarding or any of these other enhanced interrogation methods were used."

The details of Pelosi's earlier denial and the documentation showing what we knew at the time were posted here on April 23rd. At that time Pete Hoekstra, (R-MI) the ranking Republican on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence requested that the Director of National Intelligence release detailed information on the briefings given to members of congress regarding enhanced interrogations.

We now have that report (PDF here).

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graphic courtesy of Conservative Intelligence Report

ABC News broke the story:

Intelligence Report: Pelosi Briefed on Use of Interrogation Tactics in Sept. ’02
By Rick Klein
The Note
May 07, 2009

The report, submitted to the Senate Intelligence Committee and other Capitol Hill officials Wednesday, appears to contradict Pelosi’s statement last month that she was never told about the use of waterboarding or other special interrogation tactics. Instead, she has said, she was told only that the Bush administration had legal opinions that would have supported the use of such techniques.

The report details a Sept. 4, 2002 meeting between intelligence officials and Pelosi, then-House intelligence committee chairman Porter Goss, and two aides. At the time, Pelosi was the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee.

The meeting is described as a “Briefing on EITs including use of EITs on Abu Zubaydah, background on authorities, and a description of particular EITs that had been employed.”
EITs stand for “enhanced interrogation techniques,” a classification of special interrogation tactics that includes waterboarding.

Let's just recap shall we?

Pelosi: "We were not -- I repeat, we were not -- told that water boarding or any of these other enhanced interrogation methods were used."

Report: “Briefing on EITs including use of EITs on Abu Zubaydah, background on authorities, and a description of particular EITs that had been employed.”

Pelosi's office is now trying to spin this further and insist that she wasn't told about waterboarding. What will they say when the CIA reveals that yes, waterboarding WAS one of the enhanced interrogation techniques discussed, all of which Pelosi previously denied knowing much about?

As I said at the close of my April 23rd post on this subject:

We do need an investigation of what Pelosi knew and when she knew it. PUT HER UNDER OATH! Americans need to know whether the Speaker of the House is stupid, a liar or a STUPID LIAR!

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