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Pelosi Told Of W-Boarding Again In ‘03

Snuck out in the seldom-read Saturday morning edition of the Washington Post:

Top Pelosi Aide Learned Of Waterboarding in 2003

By Paul Kane
Saturday, May 9, 2009

A top aide to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi attended a CIA briefing in early 2003 in which it was made clear that waterboarding and other harsh techniques were being used in the interrogation of an alleged al-Qaeda operative, according to documents the CIA released to Congress on Thursday.

Pelosi has insisted that she was not directly briefed by Bush administration officials that the practice was being actively employed. But Michael Sheehy, a top Pelosi aide, was present for a classified briefing that included Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), then the ranking minority member of the House intelligence committee, at which agency officials discussed the use of waterboarding on terrorism suspect Abu Zubaida.

A Democratic source acknowledged yesterday that it is almost certain that Pelosi would have learned about the use of waterboarding from Sheehy. Pelosi herself acknowledged in a December 2007 statement that she was aware that Harman had learned of the waterboarding and had objected in a letter to the CIA’s top counsel.

"It was my understanding at that time that Congresswoman Harman filed a letter in early 2003 to the CIA to protest the use of such techniques, a protest with which I concurred," Pelosi said in the Dec. 9, 2007, statement…

"I have every belief that either she or [Harman] were told waterboarding was going on. I have no doubt that the Democratic leadership on this committee in the House knew it was going on," said Rep. Peter Hoekstra (Mich.), who has been the top Republican on the intelligence panel since fall 2004…

"We were not — I repeat — were not told that waterboarding or any of these other enhanced interrogation methods were used. What they did tell us is that they had some . . . Office of [Legal] Counsel opinions, that they could be used, but not that they would," she told reporters on April 23…

Ms. Pelosi is a pathological liar.

But we knew that already.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, May 9th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Pelosi Told Of W-Boarding Again In ‘03”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    She …. like BJ Clinton….knew!!

  2. TwilightZoned says:

    Lyin’ & Denyin’; the Democrat way.

    Sounds like a good bumper sticker.

  3. proreason says:

    Awesome wisdom from Rush’s show today:

    “H.L. Mencken, great quote: “The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the greatest liars. The men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth.”

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.”

    ~Adolph Hitler

    “In war, truth is the first casualty.”


    (using my best Rod Serling voice) Submitted for your approval, two quotes. Quotes taken from distinctly different periods of time in Earth’s history, yet remarkably modern. The first is the foundation for a government that intentionally delivered decent, honest human beings to deathcamps and the second from a period in world history a couple of thousand years ago when mankind was still learning how to form a cohesive structure for society. It is astounding to reach the revelation that in all this time, in all these centuries, man has neither grown nor changed. Instead, man has entered a shroud of illusion, a mist of lies, a twilight zone of disbelief.

    • proreason says:

      Rusty, this may offend some of the more religious posters, but it’s germane to the topic of lying, so I’m going to give it a go.

      There is a theory by some credible anthropologists that religions first formed after mankind acquired speech. With speech came a greatly enhanced ability to deceive, because people could say something that was totally untrue and it could be almost impossible to detect it.

      The purpose of religions was to help people form cohesive communities with shared valued. Since in most cultures, it was impossible to know everyone in a community and since people were able to move around communitities anyway, the rituals of the religion allowed people to recognize like believers. If a person didn’t share the same belief system (i.e., the religion) than he/she could not be trusted.

      I think the fact that the grandiose liars we have seen in the last 80 years almost universally despise religions and religious people is evidence that the theory has merit.

      It’s also ironic, I think, that we now have an entire global industry, the msm, dedicated to supporting the lies of corrupt politicians. The only explanation I can think of to explain that is that down deep, the greasy practioners of “journalism” believe that in the end, they will be rewarded for their service by the mob boss they helped to gain power.

    • Dangerous says:


      The great thing about a place like S&L, and more specifically the people who visit it, is that they can disagree freely. I am one of those “more religious posters” (well, readers, usually, but I digress) and guess what… I’m offended by the implicit assertion that religion is purely man-made. That said, I can see the idea of religion as identifier has merit.

      Now, here’s the thing that inspired me to post: you knew that you could or would offend some people, but this is a place where you have the freedom to say something I disagree with. And, in a turn of events that the left-leaning blog sites can not comprehend, I’m not trying to shut you up, shout you down, or threatening you with bodily harm. How cool is that? It’s almost like people here are willing to engage in rational, adult conversation. God Bless America, eh?

      As regards your last statement, you think that the journalists believe they’ll get a reward? Call me cynical, but I think it’s even worse than that. They don’t think they will be rewarded, because to them, helping is its own reward. They are on the side of right, and the ends justify the means to stop our heresy. I’m with Ann on this one, it’s a religion, and we’re their heathens who must either be converted or destroyed. Now, they’ll never say it in those words, but the truth is the truth no matter how they phrase it.

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