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Pelosi Told Of Waterboarding In 2002

[Please note: this is a repost of an article that we posted back on December 10, 2007.]

From, of all places, the Washington Post:

Hill Briefed on Waterboarding in 2002

In Meetings, Spy Panels’ Chiefs Did Not Protest, Officials Say

By Joby Warrick and Dan Eggen
Sunday, December 9, 2007; A01

In September 2002, four members of Congress met in secret for a first look at a unique CIA program designed to wring vital information from reticent terrorism suspects in U.S. custody. For more than an hour, the bipartisan group, which included current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was given a virtual tour of the CIA’s overseas detention sites and the harsh techniques interrogators had devised to try to make their prisoners talk.

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

[L]ong before "waterboarding" entered the public discourse, the CIA gave key legislative overseers about 30 private briefings, some of which included descriptions of that technique and other harsh interrogation methods, according to interviews with multiple U.S. officials with firsthand knowledge.

With one known exception, no formal objections were raised by the lawmakers briefed about the harsh methods during the two years in which waterboarding was employed, from 2002 to 2003, said Democrats and Republicans with direct knowledge of the matter. The lawmakers who held oversight roles during the period included Pelosi and Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) and Sens. Bob Graham (D-Fla.) and John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.), as well as Rep. Porter J. Goss (R-Fla.) and Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan).

Individual lawmakers’ recollections of the early briefings varied dramatically, but officials present during the meetings described the reaction as mostly quiet acquiescence, if not outright support. "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." …

U.S. officials knowledgeable about the CIA’s use of the technique say it was used on three individuals — Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks; Zayn Abidin Muhammed Hussein Abu Zubaida, a senior al-Qaeda member and Osama bin Laden associate captured in Pakistan in March 2002; and a third detainee who has not been publicly identified.

Abu Zubaida, the first of the "high-value" detainees in CIA custody, was subjected to harsh interrogation methods beginning in spring 2002 after he refused to cooperate with questioners, the officials said. CIA briefers gave the four intelligence committee members limited information about Abu Zubaida’s detention in spring 2002, but offered a more detailed account of its interrogation practices in September of that year, said officials with direct knowledge of the briefings.

The CIA provided another briefing the following month, and then about 28 additional briefings over five years, said three U.S. officials with firsthand knowledge of the meetings. During these sessions, the agency provided information about the techniques it was using as well as the information it collected.

Lawmakers have varied recollections about the topics covered in the briefings.

Graham said he has no memory of ever being told about waterboarding or other harsh tactics. Graham left the Senate intelligence committee in January 2003, and was replaced by Rockefeller. "Personally, I was unaware of it, so I couldn’t object," Graham said in an interview. He said he now believes the techniques constituted torture and were illegal.

Pelosi declined to comment directly on her reaction to the classified briefings. 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

All of this nonsense about a practice that was used at most three times and which was not and is not torture — or illegal.

But the Democrats and their minions in the media will use anything to try to destroy our intelligence agencies and weaken our national security.

[Once again, isn’t it funny how the rest of our watchdog media are only discovering this briefing now?]

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, April 24th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

16 Responses to “Pelosi Told Of Waterboarding In 2002”

  1. Odie44 says:

    A liar will continue to lie, regardless of evidence to the contrary. It is also a psychosis.

    You would think all of these “brilliant” lawyers as elected Reps would know about “discovery” – but you have to ask yourself – do they even care, knowing the MSM are in the bag hacks, their own elected members in power will do anything to bury the truth, by not calling for investigations; all in the name of “political power?”

    I believe this also falls in line with RICO violations and laws.

  2. Marine brat says:

    Based on the memo’s and the realization that waterboarding generates results, maybe we have discovered a new method to make politicians honest and accountable.

  3. Odie44 says:

    I have a funny feeling S&L is going to get major play on Rush today, considering the 7 years of being on top of Pelosi.

    Ok, I apologize for that analogy; but kudos Steve – CPAC award – well deserved. My brain – even better…

  4. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    You guys ever wonder if there are any techno-weenies over at Dept. of Homeland Security monitoring our activities here at S&L? We certainly fit their profile of must watch suspects.

    P.S. Pelosi is still a power hungry leftist militant.

    • Howard Roark says:

      Yeah, I do wonder, 12 Gauge. But it is sheer frustration that prevents me from being silent, anymore. Add to that a growing need to “say what needs to be said” before I die. There is nothing more noble than to die for your beliefs. If it comes to this [White House monitoring/profiling us here at S&L] then I am prepared to fight the good fight and die for what I believe in.

      A lifetime of watching my country slip away has led me to this point.

    • jobeth says:

      We had so many people take our picture at the tea party we are probably in some “mug book” the lefties are building! LOL

      I have a little sign in my van window that says “Fair Warning”
      Right Wing Extremist! I’m a 64 yr great grandma and I attend tea parties!”

      I should have added “and I have a gun! But I thought that would probably get me pulled over

      So yep, bet we are on someone’s “hit’ list…us being “right wing extremists” and all. LOL

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      I’m still gonna call him o-blah-blah ….

    • pdsand says:

      Well, maybe the feds watch, maybe they don’t. I’m quite certain however that the Southern Poverty Law Center reads and takes notes and makes lists. Maybe a few other little lefty groups are doing the same thing. And those lists are disseminated to whichever law enforcement agency will take them.

    • VMAN says:

      I don’t know if anyone is interested but we do have the “freedom of information act”. Don’t they have to tell a person if they have information on them? As the left changes and rewrites laws I think it’s time to look closely and use their own laws against them just as they did us. I’m not a lawyer but there must be someone out there with the knowledge to get the ball rolling.

    • proreason says:


      I thought those guys who are always parked in the van outside were there because my HO Association is mad because I can’t afford yard care anymore.

      and maybe the headphones don’t mean they are music lovers.

    • jobeth says:

      PR, You’re just being paranoid! It’s not the feds.

      Face the facts…it IS your H. O assoc. and you better get that lawn green again….but don’t you dare waste water…and don’t you dare use fertilizer! And watch for those endangered tree frogs….etc etc.

      And the headphones were so they could listen to Air America.

      LOL sarcasm off.

  5. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    You both bring up very good points and observations. I have no doubt that were are being closely scrutinized as to whether we’re just venting or pose a clear and present danger to our government. I suppose there is some version of informants on the web. Cyber Narcs.

  6. canary says:

    This left wing extremist, perverse plot; waterboarding witch hunt, is a sinful dangerous plot, Obama is pursuing to further bury this country with ongoing trivial
    petty degovernment of this country. Obama is deleterating our leaders, intelligence, security, and judicial system system, to the point of extermination, when there is much more dangerous crisis and priorities our leaders should be working on. Obama is freezing the functioning of our countries leaders into an incapacitative state. If there was a way to simulate child-birth labor pains with a cattle prong, Obomies could use a good 24 hour zapping, because obviously they never even got a splinter or stubbed a toe in their lives.
    America’s worst enemy in U.S. History, is it’s president, who’s passion is bashing and humiliating America in front of the entire world. Shame on him.

  7. MinnesotaRush says:

    Mark Levin has ‘drawn a line in the sand’ on this topic .. a very distinct one. He, and Landmark Legal, promises to make sure the truth see’s the sunlight of day on this and ALL these lying political hacks are exposed for the liars they are. God Bless, Mark!

    The libs .. the Dems .. are experienced and accomplished sheisters who lie, rewrite history, and conspire against good and honest people on all levels.

    Disgusting nitwits.

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