Nancy Pelosi Continues To Dig Her Waterboarding Hole Even Deeper


QUESTION: But Mr. Sheehy…


REPORTER: You say that Mr. Sheehy did tell you, your staff did tell you.

PELOSI: He informed me that the briefing had taken place. We were not in a place where he could — that was all that he was required to do. We’re not in a setting — we weren’t in — I’m no longer the ranking member on intelligence. He just informed me and that the letter was sent. That is the proper person to send the letter, the ranking member of the appropriate — of the Intelligence Committee.

So to let–my statement is clear, and let me read it again. Let me read it again. I’m sorry. I have to find the page.

I was informed that the Department of Justice opinions had concluded that the use of enhanced interrogations was legal. The only mention of waterboarding was that the briefing — in the briefing was that it was not being employed.

When — when — when my staff person — I’m sorry, the page is out of order — five months later, my staff person told me that there had been a briefing — informing that there had been a briefing and that a letter had been sent. I was not briefed on what was in that briefing; I was just informed that the briefing had taken place.

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“My staff person?”

Pelosi tries to play this guy off as some low level paper pusher. In fact Michael Sheehy was her top aide back in ’02 and in ’03 became her National Security Advisor for six long years. Does anybody really think this guy would attend CIA briefings revealing the techniques being used to extract information from people determined to kill Americans and he wouldn’t tell Pelosi what took place in these briefings or even mention any meetings he attended to her until five months later? Please.

Pelosi’s first documented briefing with the CIA was September 4, 2002 but she claims she was lied to by the agency concerning the methods they were using at the time, including waterboarding, during the interrogations of suspected terrorists. She claims that since she was deliberately misled by the CIA in 2002, which was still stuffed full of people from the previous eight year Clinton administration, that she should bear no responsibility for not attempting to put an end to what she now claims was torture.

The CIA’s response to her accusations?

“It is not the policy of this Agency to mislead the United States Congress,” CIA spokesman George Little said.

Maybe it’s just me but I’m thinking it would probably not be the smartest move in the world by one of the dumbest members of Congress to try and go toe to toe with the CIA. After all look what they did to George W. Bush.

That said we know Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi will step up to the plate and take at least some responsibility in this mess right folks?

REPORTER: Regardless of the individual who told you that these techniques were being used and regardless the venue in which you learned of this fact, does not the foreknowledge of the use of these techniques make you complicit in their use?

PELOSI: No, this is a policy that has been — that was conceived and implemented by the Bush administration. They notified Congress that they had legal opinions saying that this was — was legal, but they would let us know if they were planning to use them, is what they briefed us on.

I think you can see by what Mr. Panetta has sent out that it’s really hard to confirm what did happen, and the committees of jurisdiction may have to look into that, but it does not make me complicit, no.

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