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Pelosi Vehemently Challenges CIA’s Account of Briefings To Her on Waterboarding; Agency “Lied to Congress”

May 14, 2009

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi came out swinging against the CIA today in the dispute about briefings to her in 2002-2003 on the waterboarding of detainees.

“The CIA should release the briefs,” she said.

“The only mention of waterboarding in the briefing was that it was not being employed,” she told reporters, reading from a prepared statement — twice for emphasis.
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The Speaker said she was not properly informed of the waterboarding before it occurred and that the agency lied to Congress…..

Pelosi again called for a “Truth Commission” on torture to get all the facts on the table…..

See video:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30745095/

“We were told specifically that waterboarding was not being used,” Pelosi said.

“Subsequently other memebers were informed.  But I did not get that briefing,” she said.

On the CIA she said, “They misrepresent every step of the way.”

Said Bill Sammon on Fox News, “She is about to find out what happens to someone who accuses the CIA of lying.”

Sammon said the CIA keeps meticulous records on all their briefings inside and outside the Agency.

“She’s in trouble,” said Sammon.  “The focus on the torture debate is now on Pelosi.”

“She has opened up a box she doesn’t want opened,” by accusing the CIA of lying, said Pete Seat, a former Bush White House spokesman.

“Push back from the CIA is very fast, and very harsh,” said Catherine Herridge of Fox News.  “They stand by their briefings and their documents.”

“The CIA takes great offense that the Speaker of the House would accuse them of lying,” she said.

John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
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Related:
Pelosi Derails Obama Agenda; Obama Needs To Ask Her To Resign

CNN:
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/0
5/14/pelosi.waterboarding/index.html

See also Politico:
http://www.politico.com/blogs/glennthr
ush/0509/Pelosi_Bush_briefers_lied_to_me.html

Fox News:
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/05
/14/pelosi-reiterates-didnt-know-waterboarding-use/

Michelle Malkin
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/05/14/pelos
i-the-cia-and-the-dems-dangerous-blame-game/

Hot Air:
http://hotair.com/archives/2009/05/14/p
elosi-to-cia-i-double-dog-dare-you-to-leak-again/

Related:
Missteps by Obama, White House Created Interrogation Furor

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. gestures during a news ...
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Seal of the Central Intelligence Agency

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Obama Backs Off Promise to Release Abuse Photos

May 13, 2009

President Obama has decided not to release photos which the Pentagon had planned to released by May 28 in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

resident Obama has reversed himself on an earlier decision to release photos of abuse by U.S. personnel on “detainees.”

The ACLU had asked by the photos to be released under the Freedom of Information Act and a court ordered the release.

Obama’s decision will mean that another court will have an opportunity to rule…

This was a decision predicted by some including Bill Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard, Tuesday on the Fox News Channel.

Related:

Obama Gets It Both Ways: Detainee Abuse Photos Likely To Be Released Anyway

William Kristol

Obama’s decision may well cause him some problems.  The president released several memos about CIA enhanced interrogation techniques which has caused considerable criticism from the right.  Now the right will applaud the president’s move not to release these photos but this will call into question why he initially released the memos and decided to release the photos.

Critics will say the memos were released for political reasons….

Explaining the president’s decision, White House spokesmen said, “The president believes that the damage that could come to our troops due to the release of these memos has not been explained to the court.  That is what the government’s lawyers will now do….”

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

From Britain:
Obama attempts to block release of ‘torture’ photos

CNN:
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/POLITIC
S/05/12/prisoner.photos/index.html

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs speaks to reporters, ...
Robert Gibbs during an earlier news conference. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)From The New York Times

President Obama has asked the White House counsel’s office to argue against the immediate release of photographs that depict American military personnel abusing captives in Iraq and Afghanistan, an administration official said Wednesday.

The president’s decision marks a sharp reversal from a decision made last month by the Pentagon, which reached a deal with the American Civil Liberties Union to release photographs showing incidents at Abu Gharib and a half-dozen other prisons.

“Last week, the president met with his legal team and told them that he did not feel comfortable with the release of the D.O.D. photos because he believes their release would endanger our troops,” said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity. “And because he believes that the national security implications of such a release have not been fully presented to the court.”

Mr. Obama advised his top military commanders about his decision in a meeting on Tuesday at the White House. Several military officials had argued against the immediate release of the photographs, saying such action could harm American troops in the field.

“The president strongly believes that the release of these photos, particularly at this time, would only serve the purpose of inflaming the theaters of war, jeopardizing US forces,” the official said, “and making our job more difficult in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Read the rest:
http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/20
09/05/13/white-house-wants-a-dela
y-in-the-release-of-detainee-photos/?hp

From Fox News:
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/200
9/05/13/white-house-obama-rele
ase-photos-detainee-abuse/

Michelle Malkin:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/05
/13/flip-flop-watch-obama-will-no
w-fight-release-of-torture-photos/

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Top Ten Reasons The Republican Party Will Recover

May 13, 2009

Here’s our Peace and Freedom list of the top ten reasons to expect the Republican Party to make gains over the course of the next two to four years:

1)  The economy: Despite the huge spending measures already enacted by the Obama administration, including the stimulus and the many ‘bailouts,” the economy may not even start any really significant recovery until this time next year.  Voters are already tiring of the recession and showing discontent.

Related:
Bank of England: Recovery will be slow, starting next year
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New Jobless Claims Rise More Than Expected, as 52,000 Auto Workers Become Unemployed

2)  Democratic leaders like Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and John Murtha.  There is already rumbling that our Congressional leaders are disappointing voters.  Most polls rate congress very poorly even though some 60% like Obama.  Scandals, a lack of integrity and broken promises on transparency can add to the woes of Democrats easily over time.

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Pushy Practices of Pelosi, Murtha Back To Haunt Them?
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Democratic Party a “One Man Show” — After Obama, It’s a “Second-Division Ball Club”
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Pelosi Vehemently Challenges CIA’s Account of Briefings To Her on Waterboarding; Agency “Lied to Congress”
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“Democratic Party is Bought and Paid For By The Unions” Lawmaker Says

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. gestures during a news ...

3)  National debt, deficit and spending.

Related:
America’s Ability To Borrow More Questioned, At Risk — Too Much Spending “Breaking the bank”?
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What Did We Get for $180 Billion “Bailout”? AIG Still “Toxic”
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One Hundred Billion Goes To IMF: Money U.S. Taxpayers Will Likely Never See Again
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Obama’s Spending, Debt, Taxes Will Lower America’s Standard of Living

4)  Taxes.  Taxes will go up.  There is just no way to support all our current spending let alone the promises of overhauls to health care, education, and the environment without raising more money and that means raising taxes.

Related:
Taxes: People and Business Flee Higher Rates; Why Can’t Obama, Congress Get That?
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Governors of Texas, South Carolina to Host “Tea Party 2.0″ This Week


Gov. Rick Perry, Texas
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5)  Unexpected world events.  Just as nobody could have predicted 9/11, there could well be an event as yet unknown that unfolds to change the game for everyone before long.  Just as Joe Biden predicted last year, this president will be tested….

Related:
Battles over energy may lead to wars, Russian strategists conclude

China’s Navy Grows and the World Watches Warily
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6)  Democratic Infighting.  This is the party that has, for a long time, been unable to get along with itself, for too long, before all hell breaks loose….

7)  Inflation.  With all the borrowing of the federal government, inflation is indeed likely.  Nobody will like that one bit.  Which will hurt incumbents….

8)  Loss of buying power and credit.  Obama’s current campaign to rein in the credit card companies is admirable but it may result in millions of people unable to get the credit they’ve grown used to….Expect retail sales to lag other indicators of recovery…..

Retail sales remain slow in April:
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Reta
il-sales-drop-apf-15227744.html?.v=3

9)  Broken Promises.  “Green jobs” won’t be as numerous or high paying as once promised and work for good jobs will dry up as GM and Chrysler and others move more jobs overseas….The health care overhaul may actually harm enough people that there could be a backlash that wants to punish lawmakers…

Related:
Latest News On Social Security, Medicare, Debt Show Inability of Government To Make Accurate Financial Predictions
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Obama, Daschle and Socialized Medicine: Care of GE
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Fiat threatens to walk away from Chrysler deal unless unions agree to concessions

10) Desire for Change/Hope (The Pendulum): In our American system, the pendulum has been swinging to and fro; from Republicans to Democrats and back again for almost all of time.  People will tire of our current way of doing business and even the euphoria over Obama will wane.

Related:
Republican Party Dead? Hardly. Polls Show Erosion and Doubt in Democratic Advantage

Bonus:

11) Traditional Republican Discipline.  The Republicans in general have traditionally shown much more discipline and togetherness than Democrats.  The current squabbling over Cheney, Powell, Gingrich, Rush et al can be expected to wind down as elections near.

12)  The law of unintended consequences.  President Obama has changed so much, so aggressively, so often, so soon in his presidency that the effort is unprecedented.  But this could mean that there is trouble lurking that has not been foreseen.  And we know how well our government foresees things: like the current recession….

13)  Bad Obama planning and staff work.  Nobody had time to read the stimulus?  This will come back to hurt the president and the Democrats in Congress.  Many other examples of stupidity an ineptitude come to mind…..

14)  The “Tea Parties.”  “The real genesis of the tea party movement was not taxes, but out-of-control spending and the debts we are leaving our children,” wrote Paul Gessing in the Albuquerque Conservative Examiner.  “The tea party movement (at least in Albuquerque) is not simply a bunch of angry Republicans who don’t like Obama and understand their own self-interest. Rather, the tea party here was organized by average citizens who are terrified of what the government is doing to our economy. The fact is that America can’t live on borrowed money forever.”  The fact that people are taking to the streets — people who are both Democrats and republicans — is unprecedented.John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
In this photograph released by the White House, Air Force One ...

 

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Republicans Determined to Lose?
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Obama Backs Off Promise to Release Abuse Photos
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If you had told me some of these Obama stories three months ago I would have said “impossible!”
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Conservatives Need To Recommit to Conservative Values

Michelle Malkin:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/05/1
3/big-labors-investment-in-obama-pays-off/

http://hotair.com/archives/2009/05/13/
stupid-rnc-to-pass-resolution-rebrand
ing-democrats-the-democrat-socialist-party/

“Democratic Party is Bought and Paid For By The Unions” Lawmaker Says

May 12, 2009

Republican Representative Darrell Issa from California says when California tried to lower its $20 billion deficit, it offered to cut the pay of health care workers.  Union health care workers of the Service Employees International Union or SEIU, Issa said, “ran to Washington to get Obama’s help.”

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The Obama government then told California it would not get its stimulus money if the union workers didn’t get all their pay: the stimulus forbids such action against unions, the stimulus law says.

“But who wrote the stimulus?” Issa asks.  “The stimulus was written in the dark of night by the unions in Washington DC,” Issa said, with instructions from Nancy Pelosi and other key Democrat lawmakers.

Darrell Issa

Darrell Issa

Then the Obama rammed the stimulus through Congress to a vote.  No lawmakers admitted to reading the legislation which authorized the stimulus —  the biggest single pay out of federal money in one bill ever.

“At a time when other states are cutting expenses,” Issa said, “California is going in the wrong direction — and pushed there by the White House.”

“Issa also said California was the most unionized state and the state government in Sacramento was “bought and paid for by the unions.”

Issa said the unions see the growth of government in Washington and California as good for the unions.

The federal government is due to grow by tens of thousands of people this year with 20,000 Pentagon contract oversight people and more than 70,000 census takers topping the list.

The government of California is also growing.  Last year, the only major segments of the California economy to grow the were government workforce and health care….

John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

Related:
Thanks Obama! Number of Government Workers and Fat Faychecks Growing
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Stimulus Meant To Make Jobs But States Lay-Off Amid Budget Cuts
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California Says Unions Have Inappropriate Influence With Obama Administration
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Stimulus Not About Jobs, But About Control, Payback, Punishment by Fed Government — California Lawmaker Says
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Where Are The Jobs? Ask The Unions
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States Acting Like Tea Party Goers: Fighting Obama’s Spending, Borrowing Recovery Plan: Want Tax and Spending Cuts; Resisting Stimulus
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Top Obama Billionaire Donors Object To His Support Of Unions, “Cardcheck”
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Fed Tells California: Can’t Cut Pay of Union Jobs To Save Budget; Threatens Loss of Stimulus Money

http://nukegingrich.com/2009/0
5/11/hard-to-swallow/

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/05/
13/big-labors-investment-in-obama-pays-off/