Remember this from last May?
Wonder what you would find if you frisked the first batch of documents from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) regarding congressional torture briefings?
Answer: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) lied.
Considering Speaker Pelsoi’s track record, I never thought for one second that she was telling the truth regarding the CIA’s torture briefings, but it was interesting to see her dig deeper and deeper into a hole she could not catapult out of.
Unfortunately for Speaker Pelosi, it turns out that she was briefed about CIA torture methods – including waterboarding – back in April 2002. FOX News reports:
The documents show Pelosi was briefed about “ongoing interrogations of Abu Zubaydah” on April 24, 2002, just weeks after the top Al Qaeda suspect was captured in Pakistan. Previously, Pelosi asserted the 2002 briefing covered only “interrogation techniques the administration was considering using in the future.”
Last May, Pelosi accused the CIA of lying to her and other lawmakers about enhanced interrogation techniques used by the agency on terrorism suspects known as high-value detainees. Waterboarding, a simulated form of drowning, is one of the tactics interrogators used to coax information out of the suspects. Its use drew severe criticism because the United States has abstained from it in past conflicts.
Last year, Pelosi said she was only briefed once on the advanced interrogation methods, in September 2002. At the time, Pelosi was the House Minority Whip and top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. She said in May 2009 that CIA briefers told her that “the use of enhanced interrogation techniques were legal,” and added that waterboarding “was not being employed.”
CIA records show that during the September 2002 briefing, Pelosi and others were given “a description of the particular enhanced interrogation techniques that had been employed” on Zubaydah. The U.S. was already waterboarding Zubaydah by that point. CIA officials said they believed agency briefers had indeed informed Pelosi that Zubaydah was undergoing waterboarding sessions.
Ouch… Not looking good for Speaker Pelosi. ❗
Jim Hoft – from Gateway Pundit – put together a good summary regarding Speaker Pelosi’s lie on his blog:
- Speaker Pelosi was briefed about “ongoing” interrogations of Abu Zubaydah on April 24, 2002.
- Last year, in 2009, Pelosi said she was only briefed once on the advanced interrogation methods, in September 2002.
- During the September 2002 briefing, Pelosi and others were given “a description of the particular enhanced interrogation techniques that had been employed” on Zubaydah.
- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is specifically referenced in a briefing that took place on April 24, 2002, regarding the “ongoing interrogations of Abu Zubaydah.”
Good luck trying to get out of this one Speaker Pelosi. Fortunately for her, she has the liberal mainstream media on her side. Any bets on if they even report this story?