Pelosi: I Was Told Interrogation Methods Were Lawful
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi insisted Friday that she was briefed only once about the "enhanced" interrogation techniques being used on terrorism suspects and that she was assured by lawyers with the CIA and the Department of Justice that the methods were legal.
Pelosi issued a statement after CIA records released this week showed that Pelosi was briefed in September 2002 on the interrogation methods. The briefings memo appeared to contradict the speaker's claims that she was never told that waterboarding or other enhanced interrogation methods were being used.
"We were not -- I repeat -- were not told that waterboarding or any of these other enhanced interrogation methods were used," Pelosi said on April 23.
The emphasis seems to be on "were used," even though she conceded in a statement released Friday that she was told they would be used.
Nancy Pelosi has released yet another clarification of what she knew about waterboarding and when she knew it. As more and more information has come out contradicting her, she has had to release regular updates on her story. This latest statement is unlikely to be the last because it has already been shown that it is unlikely the whole truth.
If too much more information comes out, she may eventually be forced to tell the truth.
The fun part of this is that her excuse now is that that she took advice from the very legal experts she wants to prosecute. Further, she wants to prosecute Bush and his officials for taking the advice of the same people she took legal advice from.
Being a Democrat must be confusing with all of the contradictions they have to deal with on a daily basis.
What I propose is that if we are going to seek prosecutions of people involved in this, we need to start with the people in Congress that allowed it to happen without exercising their constitutional duty of oversight and checks and balances.
Pelosi is just one of 65 lawmakers who received 40 briefings dealing with the subject. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., for instance, was repeatedly briefed, as was Rep. Jane Harman, D-Valif., who took over Pelosi's spot on the House Intelligence Committee.
Deciding to prosecute Congressional members should put a stop to this incredibly ironically named "Truth Commission".