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Pelosi Lied About Waterboard Briefing

From ABC News:

Intelligence Report: Pelosi Briefed on Use of Interrogation Tactics in Sept. ’02

May 07, 2009

ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was briefed on the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” on terrorist suspect Abu Zubaydah in September 2002, according to a report prepared by the Director of National Intelligence’s office and obtained by ABC News.

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.

Pelosi, D-Calif., sharply disputed suggestions last month that she had been told about waterboarding having taken place.

“In that or any other briefing . . . we were not, and I repeat, were not told that waterboarding or any of these other enhanced interrogation techniques were used," Pelosi said at a news conference in April

At the briefing, Pelosi did not formally register objections to the interrogation techniques authorized by the Bush administration…

The Senate intelligence committee’s chairman and ranking member, Bob Graham and Richard Shelby, were given a briefing similar to the one with Pelosi and Goss on Sept. 27, 2002, according to the report.

On Feb. 4, 2003, a briefing on “enhanced interrogation techniques” for Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, D-W.Va., revealed that interrogations of Abu Zubaydah and Abd Al-Rahim Al-Nashiri were taped.

In addition, that briefing “described in considerable details” the techniques used, including “how the water board was used.”

A similar briefing the following day included Goss and Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., who by that time had become the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, when Pelosi moved on to become minority leader…

What a shock, huh? Except that we have been posting about this for years.

Of course it is good to finally have official confirmation.

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.

“Appears to contradict” in the sense that it proves Ms. Pelosi to be a stretch-faced liar.

But what else is new?"

(Thanks to Zeeshopper for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, May 8th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

26 Responses to “Pelosi Lied About Waterboard Briefing”

  1. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    Of course she lied about not knowing any of this because her political life and ambitions are at stake with her supporters. And it wouldn’t surprise me at all if during these briefings she stated for officials to do whatever it takes to get these suspects to talk.

  2. BatK says:

    well the upside is that her face is stretched so tight, looking “surprised” isn’t too difficult for her

    • Liberals Demise says:

      So tight…..she lost her upper lip and now sports a “wrinkle” stashe!!

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    This isn’t even a speed bump for this “confirmed” LIAR!!
    She doesn’t give a sh– about the truth and if her life depended on it……she’d follow a lie to her death. (Hmmmm…..)
    Speaker and a LOUSE

    • catie says:

      She’s a terrible liar. Fox ran a clip a little while ago of her denying she knew anything. It was funny.

    • Odie44 says:

      catie –

      The wife and I were watching it over lunch – it’s amazing that when caught in a flat out lie, she is lying more to cover the original lie, then keeps lying through her offices press releases. Even Kirsten “The Hack” buried Pelosi.

      I wonder when she becomes a liability to Bambi’s Cult and needs to be “reprogrammed” or thrown out all together.

      If only 1 Rep House member had a set and got the impeachment ball rolling.

  4. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    It may not be so much as that she lied, but was just to stupid to understand what was being told to her in these briefings. Either way she is not fit for service and the citizens of California will be demanding she be recalled. Any minute now….any minute…..

    • canary says:

      I though she saw tapes, she could only the excuse she is highly medicated at times, she could show photo’s of her eyes staring and popping out, and her frozen teeth.

  5. Perhaps she would provide the real truth if she was “waterboarded” herself. Maybe she would reveal what other dastardly plans are cooking in that wormy skull of hers.

    Please allow me to turn on the spigot..

    • curvyred says:

      Would the botox melt? If so please do not allow those pictures to be released – that would be torture for the rest of us.

      Yes her “we were NOT, I repeat NOT told about waterboarding” makes me want to gloriously shout “liar, liar pants on fire”


    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      And if she says “I did NOT have —sexual relations with that woman—Monica Lewinsky”

      What would we have to think then?

    • jobeth says:

      Curvyred, I love the way she stuttered when she said “I repeat NOT” I laugh everytime I see it replayed. She knew full well she was lying and tried to “think” at the same time of what else she could say to convince us. tsk tsk…she can’t walk and chew bubble gum..LOL

  6. Odie44 says:

    So I imagine Bambi will continue to support interrogation investigations, in line with Spain, in order for those who knew to be punished…

    LOLOLOL, sorry thought I would start off Friday with a laugher.

    Considering Cheney, that magnificant bastard, pushed the issue by formally requesting memos and documents concerning waterboarding – he knew Pelosi was briefed and also knew her hubris and ego would get the best of her, in that oh so familiar liberal knee jerk reaction way.

    Note to Pelosi: don’t bring your checkers to a chess game…

  7. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    Here is the spin from the ‘what bias’ MSMBC:

    CIA docs vague on Pelosi, interrogations

    WASHINGTON – CIA records show House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was briefed in September 2002 on harsh interrogation techniques being used on terrorist suspects, but the records do little to settle a dispute over whether she knew waterboarding had already been used against one prisoner by then.


    The article then goes on to continue to propigate the lie that Abu Zubayda had been waterboarded 83 times:

    According to legal memos released in April, Abu Zubayda was the first of three prisoners to be waterboarded. He underwent the procedure at least 83 times in August 2002.

    If he was waterboarded in August, I find it highly dubious that it did not, I repeat, did not, come up in the briefing in September.

    • curvyred says:

      The whole “83” times to me is a non-issue – once you experience something the first time you know the outcome ahead of time so what difference does it make if it was 1 or 100 times?

      Just another way for lefties to feign outrage.

  8. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    The picture of Ms. Pelosi was probably taken just seconds after someone produced documents showing that she knew all along about what she had denied. So this is what an old, unrepentant, and bitter liberal looks like. Old Pickle Puss.

  9. proreason says:

    Stretch doesn’t know the difference between lying and telling the truth.

    To people like her, neither one is right or wrong. They are just variations on life.

    In fact, they think that people who see clear boundaries for the truth are mentally retarded.

    In her mind, she was always against torture. That’s the point. The fact that she was briefed about it is a side issue. She is a good person (in her own mind)……period.

    • jobeth says:

      “Stretch doesn’t know the difference between lying and telling the truth.

      To people like her, neither one is right or wrong. They are just variations on life.”

      I think they used to call that “situation ethics”….AKA no ethics at all.

    • proreason says:

      “I think they used to call that “situation ethics”….AKA no ethics at all.”

      I hadn’t heard that term in years, Jobeth, but it was actually part of some cirruculum way back when PR was in college.

      Now it is probably so accepted that they don’t even have to teach it anymore.

      And acceptance of “situational ethics” as reality may be the root difference to the whole divide between conservatives and liberals throughout the world.

      – Dubya saw evil. Libwits see no evil since everything depends on the situation.
      – Conservatives typically believe in God, and truth and justice coming from an absolute. Libwtis don’t.
      – Conservatives see the Constitution as the foundation of goverment and freedom. Libwits see it as an impediment to their cause du jour.
      – We see a huge budget deficit as generational theft. Libwits think the future is unknowable, so why worry.
      – We see abortion as murder. Libwits think the start of a life depends on the person thinking about it.

      And then, there is the true joy and beauty of “situational ethics”. It is a perfect philosophy to justify whatever you want to do………….which is the liberal platform in a nutshell. And the ligical conclusion of that…..drugs, promiscuity, criminality, lying, egomania, narcism, irresponsibility…..which is a near-perfect profile of Barack Obama (with the possible exception of promiscuity. But based on everything else we know about him, the chances of well-hidden promiscuity are extremely high.)

    • jobeth says:

      Well said Pro…perfect explaination of an idiotic reasoning theory.

      I didn’t take to it waaay back then and still don’t, but I agree it has permeated into our youngsters (and now some oldsters) minds so much so they don’t see the handwriting on the wall most of the time.

      Mustn’t “judge” is what I hear so much of now. So sad.

      In our church we say we still have to be “fruit inspectors” even if God gets to judge.

      This politically correct crowd can’t even do that with their PC brains.

  10. Georgfelis says:

    What I wouldn’t give to see a headline “Pelosi Lied, Terrorists Dried”

    (Ok, so I cant find a rhyme regarding water for Lied. Sue me)

  11. Petronius says:

    Ms Pelosi’s next public statement will be: “I’m not to blame! I have to take things as I find them! I’m not the one who’s made this world! I didn’t do this waterboarding stuff! That was Cheney! Dick Cheney and Scooter Libby! I can’t be expected to remember the details of every briefing, meeting, and phone call! I’ve got meetings all day long! I’ve got a Congress to run! I’m busy making laws affecting everything, controlling everybody, changing the life of every person in every nook, cranny, penthouse, and board room in this country!”

  12. Reality Bytes says:

    That dripping sound can mean only one thing: “I’M MELTING!!! OH LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE WITH MY BEAUTIFUL WICKEDNESS!”


  13. MinnesotaRush says:

    Oh, gee .. say it isn’t so. Pelosi lie?!? :-(

  14. Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

    I was hoping against all hope and you’ve let me down again Nancy! Sob, Sob

  15. canary says:

    Impeach her? Prosecute was their idea. I thought she said amnesty for those that did it. Prosecute those that okayed it.
    Hillary taught Slick Willy, Slick Willy taught Pelosi the ole “…point and jab your finger repeatedly at Americans, while you tell them … “I did not. I repeat. I did not have …”

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