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May 08, 2009

Pelosi knew in 2002

Nancy Pelosi, originally uploaded by Lindsay Beyerstein.

The CIA released documents that show that Nancy Pelosi was briefed on torture tactics in September of 2002, when she was the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee. According to the documents, the CIA started briefing other members of Congress about waterboarding, including John McCain, in 2005.

The CIA-supplied material confirms a 2007 report in the Washington Post that Pelosi was briefed in 2002. The 2007 story story states that Pelosi was briefed on waterboarding, a charge her office denied in an official statement yesterday. Good thing Nancy Pelosi supports a truth commission to get to the bottom of all this.

Legal question: If a member of Congress gets a classified briefing about illegal activities, is there any way for them to blow the whistle without committing a crime themselves?


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Not surprising. If you work for a bank and you've come up with an embezzling scheme, the smart thing to do is not to work alone but to tell your supervisors -or better yet the bank president- exactly what you intend to do and cut them in on the action. The CIA and Dick Cheney et. al have been in the business of committing unspeakable crimes for a long time. They certainly know why the blame needs to be spread and exactly how to do so.

Don't hold your breath waiting for new Church Committee hearings.

Bloix, I don't know if Pelosi was briefed on waterboarding and I wasn't asserting that she was.

Pelosi admits that she was briefed on EITs in September of 2002, which is what the Washington Post said in 2007. However, there's a discrepancy between her account and what the WaPo reported two years ago. The WaPo story said that waterboarding was one of the torture techniques discussed at the briefing, whereas Pelosi insists that it wasn't. Hence the need for a truth commission to establish who's, well, telling the truth.

There's no doubt that Pelosi was briefed on some torture tactics in 2002. We know that from Pelosi herself. All so-called EITs are torture.

Pelosi was every bit as informed on the decision to us EITs as were the GOP… but is now lying about it in an attempt to appease the antiwar left and fulfill specious campaign posturing.

And apparently Pelosi and Obama forgot something: the CIA KILLS people… it’s in their job description. Did these two really think that these killers were going to take-one-for-the-team… when the team captain is a lying, incompetent, arrogant nebbish who has basically told them they need to kiss his ring? -please

Obama really kicked an ant-hill with his ill-advised and politically-motivated release of Bush Administration memos regarding EITs.

Let’s have a hearing and get it all out there, shall we? Then watch the rats scatter who attacked Bush for protecting the country from terrorist attack… but who clearly knew what was going on five years before we heard a peep out of them.

If, ignoring the caveats about what was actually disclosed, Pelosi was briefed on this in 2002, she should have immediately convened hearings, and pushed through a bill to defund all involved elements of the executive branch unless they were brought to heel by the administration.


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