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Pelosi Accuses CIA of 'Misleading' Her on Interrogations

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By Paul Kane
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi today accused the CIA of "misleading" her on the use of harsh interrogation techniques in the fall of 2002, acknowledging for the first time publicly she knew alleged terrorist detainees were subjected to waterboarding more than six years ago.

Pelosi called for the CIA to release detailed portions of her own September 2002 briefing about interrogation techniques, saying that at that time she was told the CIA was not waterboarding detainees. After weeks of sticking to prior statements that she then was never "briefed" about waterboarding's use, Pelosi today said her top security adviser was part of a briefing in February 2003 in which he learned interrogators were waterboarding terrorists.

Later, government reports showed that a high value al Qaeda detainee had been subjected to waterboarding 83 times in August 2002, weeks before Pelosi's briefing on the matter.

"At every step of the way the administration was misleading the Congress," Pelosi told reporters in a heated news conference, linking the alleged misinformation on waterboarding to now discredited intelligence reports in the fall 2002 about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

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By Web Politics Editor  |  May 14, 2009; 12:05 PM ET
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Pelosi is making the torture situation worse for herself. Does she have to call the CIA liars to explain the nuances of these meetings? Does she have to remember everything? Just shrug if off instead of digging a deeper hole...

Posted by: parkerfl1 | May 14, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

MADAM SPEAKER, CONGRESS: Torture is NOT Just a Foreign Affair

• Attention must be paid to the victims of government-enabled DOMESTIC torture

The Nancy Pelosi of 2003 was intimidated by the military and the intel agencies and their demands for secrecy. She and the nation have now learned that rogue officials and operatives pursuing a criminal policy were hiding behind secrecy.

So let's go easy on her, because her heart and her mind are now in the right place.

The greater challenge is to get the Speaker, Team Obama and Congress to realize that the "torture matrix" is NOT just a foreign affair.

Many "innocent but targeted" U.S. citizens continue to have their rights -- and their persons -- violated by the ongoing "extrajudicial punishment network" that Team Obama and the Democratic majority in Congress have NAIVELY allowed to continue.

When will government-enabled torture and vigilantism come to an end right here in America?

OR (if link is tortured):

Posted by: scrivener50 | May 14, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how much this matters. Does her changing story bother anyone other than conservatives? I doubt it.

Posted by: FrederickMichael | May 14, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Worst Speaker EVER!

Anyone read Will's column yet?! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | May 14, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi tried to cover her behind and got caught. She needs to step down.

Posted by: Billw3 | May 14, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Oh so we're back to that lie again eh?

Democrats NEVER take responsibility for ANYTHING. They are always "mislead".

She has changed her story four times now. She's a lying sack and everyone knows it.

Posted by: Democrat_Culture_of_Corruption | May 14, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

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