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No Credibility

Not that I’ve ever believed Nancy Pelosi ever had any to begin with, but the “EIT Briefing” scandal puts the final nail in the coffin of her credibility.

Intelligence officials released documents this evening saying that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was briefed in September 2002 about the use of harsh interrogation tactics against al-Qaeda prisoners, seemingly contradicting her repeated statements over the past 18 months that she was never told that these techniques were actually being used.

In a 10-page memo outlining an almost seven-year history of classified briefings, intelligence officials said that Pelosi and then-Rep. Porter Goss (R-Fla.) were the first two members of Congress ever briefed on the interrogation tactics. Then the ranking member and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, respectively, Pelosi and Goss were briefed Sept. 4, 2002, one week before the first anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Now don’t forget this is the Leon Panetta led CIA making these claims, not a bunch of “Bushbots”. So when Pelosi recently claimed that she had “never, repeat never” been briefed on the techniques used, it just doesn’t square with the record.

More specifically:

The memo, issued by the Director of National Intelligence and the Central Intelligence Agency to Capitol Hill, notes the Pelosi-Goss briefing covered “EITs including the use of EITs on Abu Zubaydah.” EIT is an acronym for enhanced interrogation technique. Zubaydah was one of the earliest valuable al-Qaeda members captured and the first to have the controversial tactic known as water boarding used against him.

Pelosi, of course, tip-toes through the controversy with statements like this:

“As this document shows, the Speaker was briefed only once, in September 2002. The briefers described these techniques, said they were legal, but said that waterboarding had not yet been used,” said Brendan Daly, Pelosi’s spokesman.

Pelosi’s statement did not address whether she was informed that other harsh techniques were already in use during the Zubaydah interrogations.

Pelosi can issue all of the “carefully worded” statements she chooses too, but it seems pretty clear that she not only knew about EIT and their use since 2002, but said little and certainly did nothing to protest or stop their use. And because of the implied sanction that gives those techniques, she has no moral high-ground from which to condemn anyone.


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10 Responses to No Credibility

  • Great! Lets get those war crimes trials underway now. I’d love to see her get the penalty that war criminals get.

  • Torture Excuse #13: Our impotent opponent failed to adequately condemn us.
    Keep em coming.

    • And her impotence has continued, since she achieved the job of Speaker of the House, right?
      So in 2006 when the Dems (that’s, uh, YOU) took control of both the House AND the Senate, she was ‘impotent’.

      Okay Tom, you stick with that story, it’ll fly until your media lap dogs finally sense the mood change in the crowd and start biting your face off so the crowd doesn’t roast THEM over a low fire on a  slow turning spit.
      Gotta say, I’m going to have a serious case of schadenfreude when that finally happens.

    • Uh no – not even close (if you’re capable of it, you might want to think things through a little more rigorously before commenting). It has nothing to do with “adequately condemning” what the Bush administration approved. She failed to condemn it at all.

  • But Tom this exposes her “hypocrisy” you know the ONLY sin of the Left…

    I’m just saying she needs to be in the dock right along side Chimpy McShrubhitler and Darth Cheney…after all she knew of “torture”…she had a moral/legal obligation to go tthe WaPo, or NYT or LAT.

  • Pelosi: I Was Told Interrogation Methods Were Lawful

    She didn’t know, but she DID know that what she didn’t know was lawful.  I see.

  • Pelosi: I was told interrogation methods were lawful.

    Guess we know what her view on slavery would have been in 1860.

  • Clinton smoked pot, but he didn’t inhale.

    Pelosi attended the briefings, but she didn’t listen.

    They both are of the opinion that therefore, it didn’t count.

  • Utterly amazing, she’s STILL lying-
    She says she was told the Bush Adm. was considering using “in the future” only. So that means that she was not told “they (EITs) were being used”.

    But even that is at odds with the CIA memo dated to 9-4-02 that says Pelosi received a “briefing on EITs (enhanced interrogation techniques), including use of EITs on Abu Zubaydah, background on authorities and a description of particular EITs that had been employed.”
    Apparently Obama and Pelosi forgot something: the CIA kills people…. it’s in their job description. Did Pelosi think these killers were going to meekly take one for the team, when the team captain is a lying, incompetent, arrogant nebbish with no real-world experience and who told them they need to kiss his ring?
    Pelosi is a Machiavellian, no-talent hack who’s made a lot of enemies. Going to be hard to BS her way out of this one.

  • It seems the only way to get the truth out of Pelosi is to waterboard her.