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Speaker Pelosi Knew About Waterboarding in 2002

April 22, 2009

Instead of focusing on real world issues facing our country. The blogosphere is blowing up with stories on “torture”. I posted the new “torture” video in a previous post calling for action from Attorney General Holder from MoveOn.org, the 2008-09 political shills and hacks who are on a roll for prosecution.  Let’s be frank, when it comes to this, this is nothing but “politics” but the problem is, they don’t realize the “real world” impact on what they are doing.  This is not about “party affiliation”. But safety. There being naive and playing roulette with national security. There needs to be a clear message of what is being done or I fear we will focus on this so much, the message will be distorted to the point the “enemy” can get in to begin to spread there idealogy.

This is very serious because what happens in the blogosphere makes it into the news cycle and they care NOTHING for facts. Someone needs to wake up and see that this can really hurt us in the long run.  They are paying attention to what is happening within our parties and agencies. Nothing scares me more than this type of distraction.  But first, lets take another look at who knew what when:

The Washington Post reported today that select members of congress were briefed by the CIA in 2002 about enhanced interrogation techniques. Included in the briefing was current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). 

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.

“The briefer was specifically asked if the methods were tough enough,” said a U.S. official who witnessed the exchange.

 

According to the article, the CIA gave congressional overseers approximately 30 private briefings, some of which included descriptions of waterboarding, other harsh interrogation methods, and virtual tours of the CIA’s overseas detention sites.

Then-Rep. Porter J. Goss (R-FL) was also a party to the briefings.

“Among those being briefed, there was a pretty full understanding of what the CIA was doing,” said Goss, who chaired the House intelligence committee from 1997 to 2004 and then served as CIA director from 2004 to 2006. “And the reaction in the room was not just approval, but encouragement.”

 

The article cites to “several officials familiar with the briefings” who recalled the meetings with a deep concern of future terrorist attacks.

“In fairness, the environment was different then because we were closer to Sept. 11 and people were still in a panic,” said one U.S. official present during the early briefings. “But there was no objecting, no hand-wringing. The attitude was, ‘We don’t care what you do to those guys as long as you get the information you need to protect the American people.’ ”

 

As to the Speaker herself, Pelosi declined to comment to the Washington Post.

But a congressional source familiar with Pelosi’s position on the matter said the California lawmaker did recall discussions about enhanced interrogation. The source said Pelosi recalls that techniques described by the CIA were still in the planning stage — they had been designed and cleared with agency lawyers but not yet put in practice — and acknowledged that Pelosi did not raise objections at the time.

 

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