This is getting laughable. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Leftist Fantasyland) has changed her story on what she knew about harsh interrogation techniques –including waterboarding– and when she knew it again:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi learned in early 2003 that the Bush administration was waterboarding terror detainees but didn’t protest directly out of respect for “appropriate” legislative channels, a person familiar with the situation said Monday.
That’s excuse version number three. Ace can give you numbers one and two, along with a preview of the likely fourth. And Allahpundit utterly shreds the "I wanted to respect proper channels" lie by listing all the things she could have done, were she truly concerned about Abu Zubaydah’s health.
Late in the article is buried another gem:
An aide to former Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman John Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) took issue Monday with the entry for a Feb. 4, 2003, briefing in which a Rockefeller staffer was reportedly told “how the water board was used.”
“We are not in a position to vouch for the accuracy of the document,” a Rockefeller spokeswoman said. He “has repeatedly stated he was not told critical information that would have cast significant doubt on the program’s legality and effectiveness.”
Former Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee at the time Pelosi was briefed, told The Washington Post’s PlumLine blog that he wasn’t told of waterboarding then, either — despite a Sept. 27, 2002, briefing entry indicating he was given details of Zubaydah’s interrogation.
“I do not have any recollection of being briefed on waterboarding or other forms of extraordinary interrogation techniques, or Abu Zubaydah being subjected to them,” said Graham, adding: “Something as unexpected and dramatic as that would be the kind of thing that you would normally expect to recall even years later.”
"I cannot vouch…" "I do not recollect…" Jeez, guys, I watched the Watergate live hearings back in ’73, and I can tell you Haldeman, Dean, and Ehrlichman were a lot better liars. Now you’re trying to tell us that the CIA six to seven years ago falsified documents to show Democrats knew all about the interrogation techniques being used? The same intelligence agency large segments of which were cooperating with Democrats to undermine Bush Administration policy? To what end? To screw the agenda of a liberal Democrat president??
Let’s face it. You guys knew all about what was going on and you approved; some of you wanted more.
"The briefer was specifically asked if the methods were tough enough," said a U.S. official who witnessed the exchange.
But then you and the administration thought you could make political hay out of this, whip up the mob against the Republicans and channel that anger into passage of your agenda: you wanted a witch hunt to cement your hold on power.
But instead you’ve discovered you opened Pandora’s Box, and you can’t close it. The Republicans are fighting back — they know what’s in the documents. And the CIA, which you tried to use as a whipping post, will be all too happy to make them available. They won’t go down alone.
You stupid, stupid fools. You initially did the right thing when you backed the use of enhanced interrogation techniques, but then you put your party’s political interest ahead of the nation’s — and look where it’s got you. All you’ve done is again show the American people and the world at large that Democrats cannot be trusted with national security. You can bet your bottom dollar that a lot of people who backed you in 2006 and 2008 are wondering what they bought into.
By 2010 and 2012, I bet they won’t be wondering anymore.
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