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Senator Questions Pelosi’s Motivation to Attack American Intelligence System

May 15, 2009

The top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee is calling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s accusation that the CIA misled her and others about waterboarding a massive attack on the nation’s intelligence community.

Associated Press

Sen. Kit Bond of Missouri on Friday contradicted Pelosi’s claim and called her criticism a tragedy. Bond said in a “Today” show interview that he reviewed the CIA’s material and it was clear that she had been informed about the enhanced interrogation method.

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From ABC News

“It’s outrageous that a member of Congress should call a terror-fighter a liar,” said Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., the vice chairman of the Senate intelligence committee. “It seems the playbook is, blame terror-fighters. We ought to be supporting them.”

Bond questioned Pelosi’s claim that the speaker could do little to influence the Bush administration, saying that when lawmakers are briefed, they can ask for more information and also voice their displeasure or disagreement to the speaker or other leaders in the House.

“It’s no excuse to say, ‘I was powerless.’ That’s what oversight is all about,” he said. “There are a whole range of actions, and she did not take them.”

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The Speaker misspeaks

May 15, 2009

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, her eyes wide, her hands gesticulating wildly, on Thursday laid out a third version of what she knew and when she knew it about the Bush administration’s interrogation policies, edging ever closer to debating what the meaning of the word “is” is.

With even her own second-in-command now demanding more answers, the California Democrat, her voice barely audible at times, read a rambling statement at her weekly press briefing about her prior knowledge of the “enhanced interrogation techniques” (EITs) employed under President Bush, insisting that she was not told in a September 2002 briefing that the U.S. government used waterboarding.

Minutes later, though, she acknowledged for the first time that her top security adviser had learned details of a February 2003 briefing in which lawmakers were told that American interrogators were in fact waterboarding suspected terrorists.

“My statement is clear, and let me read it again. Let me read it again I’m sorry I have to find the page,” said a flustered Mrs. Pelosi, shuffling through papers, her hands quivering a bit, as she sought to stick to her prepared text.

“When when when my staff person I’m sorry, the page is out of order five months later, my staff person told me that there had been a briefing informing that there had been a briefing and that a letter had been sent. I was not briefed on what was in that briefing; I was just informed that the briefing had taken place,” she said.

Read the rest from Joseph Curl
The Washington Times

Pelosi’s Self-Torture; An Unforced Error

May 15, 2009

“An unforced error” is what columnist Fred Barnes called Pelosi’s attack on the CIA yesterday — a day Pelosi chose to make herself the poster child on how Congress doesn’t work.

In the system of checks and balances, the Executive makes decisions based upon laws made by Congress and judged by the judiciary.

In this case, the Bush White House moved quickly to prevent further attacks after 9/11 and asked the Justice Department for their opinion.  Then the executive had the responsible agency, the CIA, brief Congress to allow the system of checks and balances to work.

No objections came from the Congress at the time — between 2002 and 2003 — but now Nancy Pelosi objects.  At first she objected that she wasn’t briefed.  She was.  Now she objects that the CIA lied.  It didn’t.

So now the top Democrat in the Congress, the Speaker of the House, the next in line for the presidency should the president and vice president perish, has created a problem for herself and shown all 6th grade students of American government exactly how it is not supposed to work….


From The Wall Street Journal

Given House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s acknowledged skill at torturing the Bush Administration in recent years, it no doubt afforded her critics some pleasure yesterday to watch her twist in the wind in front of the press over what she knew and when about the CIA’s terrorist interrogations. With mockery even from Jon Stewart on Comedy Central, Mrs. Pelosi has turned herself into a spectacle about a subject that she and fellow Democrats had themselves reduced to a spectacle of demagogic accusation and blame, repeatedly threatening to put Bush officials in the dock for “condoning torture.”

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Pelosi Squashes Obama’s Message

May 14, 2009

Thanks to Nancy Pelsoi, this may be the first day since Barack Obama’s inauguration last January that the president didn’t get any attention.

The lead story from the U.S. on the BBC today?  “Pelosi Says the CIA Lied.”

Go around the globe and check all the media stories.  We just dare you to find President Barack Obama’s assault on the evils of credit card companies.

The president has been pushed out of the public eye by Nancy Pelsoi.

This must be torture for Obama.  It’s like getting waterboarded by your own team.

The global media is drowning in stories about Pelosi.

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Pelosi Derails Obama Agenda; Obama Needs To Ask Her To Resign

May 14, 2009

Madame Speaker, please resign now.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has now become more than a distraction.  She has risen above that.  Pelosi is now a dangerous distraction to the Obama agenda that gives life to the Republicans and emboldens dissent on every issue she and the Democrats are pushing.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she was misled about the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques."

Above: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she was misled about the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

The president needs to ask Pelosi to resign. Now.

Pelosi is doing more harm than the former head of GM, who Obama gleefully discharged.

From May 19:
Pelosi Is Now Obama’s Biggest Anchor, Liability

If Obama does not do that — if he fails to ask Pelosi to step down or he delays action — he will harm his own chances of future success.

Keeping the interrogation debate fueled, as Pelosi did today, can easily kill all chances to get a health care bill this year.

If the president asks for Pelosi to resign, he still has some hope of getting his agenda and his administration back on track.

Pelosi took the lead on the “stimulus” earlier this year, and so far Obama has not taken any heat for the sorry details contained in that bill.

Now Pelosi has said she’ll be the lead sled dog on health care: which should not please Obama, Rahm Emanuel or any red blooded American one bit.

This is a time for Democrat discipline — a trait that party is not known for.

By keeping Pelosi, Obama risks undisciplined, lurching action in the House of Representatives — where he enjoys a huge Democrat majority that should be translating into rapid fire, disciplined action on all front.

In stead, it is now a safe bet that Republicans will join Pelosi in her request for a “Truth Commission” — and that train can go in any number of uncontrollable and unpredictable paths.

Pelosi has mixed politics and national security and national intelligence issues into an untenable Gordian Knot.

Her own staff has already threatened other Democrats not to initiate ethics complaints.

Pelosi has only been allowed to continue her questionable practices because of an understanding, all Obama loving media.

Ms. Pelosi has abused her office and sacrificed what little confidence the American people had in the Congress to change the tone and move forward: not look back.

And she has done so by lying and by asking us all to lose trust and faith in the American intelligence service…..

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Michelle Malkin:

Hot Air:

Seal of the Central Intelligence Agency

CIA Enhanced Interrogation Technique Memos Requested By Cheney Will Not Be Made Public

May 14, 2009

The CIA is now saying the interrogation technique memos that former Vice President Dick Cheney has requested be released will be kept away from the public.

After President Obama released some of the so called “torture memos,” Cheney said all the memos should be made public.  He said he specifically recalled two memos which showed how valuable those interrogations had been to U.S. national security.

The agency’s statement:

The process for Mandatory Declassification Review is governed by Executive Order 12958, as amended. That Order excludes from review information that is the subject of pending litigation. The two documents that former Vice President Cheney sought contain information that falls into that category.”

“For that reason—and that reason only—CIA did not accept Mr. Cheney’s request for a Mandatory Declassification Review. The Agency simply followed the Executive Order. This request was handled in accordance with normal practice by CIA professionals with long experience in information management and release. It was for them a straightforward issue.”


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

Former vice president Dick Cheney, pictured in 2008, stepped ...

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.
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…..

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“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
Pelosi Derails Obama Agenda; Obama Needs To Ask Her To Resign


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Fox News:

Michelle Malkin

Hot Air:

Missteps by Obama, White House Created Interrogation Furor

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

ACLU: Obama Now Complicit in Bush Torture

May 14, 2009

Lawyers of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) who have fought in court for the release of the detainee abuse photos now say President Barack Obama is complicit in torture with the Bush administration.

The ACLU says it will continue to fight in court for the release of these photos….
Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, was brutal in blasting the decision to fight the release, saying Mr. Obama may “betray” both his campaign promises and his commitment to American principles.
“The Obama administration’s adoption of the stonewalling tactics and opaque policies of the Bush administration flies in the face of the president’s stated desire to restore the rule of law, to revive our moral standing in the world and to lead a transparent government,” he said.

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Pelosi Lied About Her Role as An Accomplice to Waterboarding

May 14, 2009

Someone important appears not to be telling the truth about her knowledge of the CIA’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques (EITs). That someone is Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. The political persecution of Bush administration officials she has been pushing may now ensnare her.

Here’s what we know. On Sept. 4, 2002, less than a year after 9/11, the CIA briefed Rep. Porter Goss, then House Intelligence Committee chairman, and Mrs. Pelosi, then the committee’s ranking Democrat, on EITs including waterboarding. They were the first members of Congress to be informed.

In December 2007, Mrs. Pelosi admitted that she attended the briefing, but she wouldn’t comment for the record about precisely what she was told. At the time the Washington Post spoke with a “congressional source familiar with Pelosi’s position on the matter” and summarized that person’s comments this way: “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.”

By Karl Rove
The Wall Street Journal

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Obama attempts to block release of ‘torture’ photos

May 13, 2009

President Barack Obama is attempting to block the release of up to 2,000 photographs of alleged abuse at American prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Barack Obama is attempting to block the release of up to 2,000 photographs of alleged prisoner abuse
Barack Obama is attempting to block the release of up to 2,000 photographs of alleged prisoner abuse Photo: AP

Just weeks after announcing he would make the images public, administration officials said the president had told his legal advisers that releasing the photos would endanger troops.

The change of heart is thought to have come after senior military officials gave warning the release could cause a backlash against troops.

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Obama Backs Off Promise to Release Abuse Photos