Robert Gibbs, the White House Press Spokesman said today that President Obama has not read the “torture” memos now all over Washington DC.
Attorney General Eric Holder told a House hearing today that he did not read them either and has no idea which memo former Vice President Dick Chaney wants released.
Nancy Pelosi, who was chairing the House Intelligence committee when the “torture” interrogations were briefed to her, according to records, at first said she could not recall the bref.
Then she said she was not told the details of the interrogations.
“In that or any other briefing…we were not, and I repeat, we’re not told that waterboarding or any of these other enhanced interrogation techniques were used. What they did tell us is that they had some legislative counsel … opinions that they could be used,” she told reporters today.
Earlier, House Minority Leader John Boehner (D-Ohio) criticized Pelosi and other Democratic leaders for backing probes into the use of waterboarding — after failing to raise objections during briefings on its potential use.
“Well, yesterday I saw a partial list of the number of members of the House and Senate, Democrats and Republicans, who were briefed on these interrogation methods and not a word was raised at the time, not one word,” Boehner told reporters at his weekly news availability.
“And I think you’re going to hear more and more about the bigger picture here, that what — the war on terror after 9/11 was done in a bipartisan basis on lots of fronts. And that bigger story will be coming out,” he added.
Pelosi says members who receive classified intelligence briefings are powerless to act on them — or even discuss them with staff….
From Politico on Holder:
And if the detainees in Gitmo’s military prison are such great guys, how come nobody will take thm?
It seems now that Gitmo will remain open a little longer than first promised…
Canada’s PM Not Pushing To Get Gitmo Prisoner Back
By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he’s considering an appeal of a court order that he push the Americans to send Omar Khadr back to Canada.
Speaking in the Commons, Harper says his government is simply following the same policies of the previous government.
A Federal Court judge ruled today that Harper offended fundamental justice by washing his hands of Khadr’s case.
The 22-year-old Canadian has languished in Guantanamo Bay for more than six years, accused of killing an American soldier in Afghanistan when he was 15.
Khadr’s lawyer, Nate Whitling, says the government should act immediately to press for Khadr’s repatriation.