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Bobbyrx
12-16-2007, 10:44 AM
I missed this last week.
"The Washington Post reported today that select members of congress were briefed by the CIA in 2002 about enhanced interrogation techniques. Included in the briefing was current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

Among the techniques described, said two officials present, was waterboarding, a practice that years later would be condemned as torture by Democrats and some Republicans on Capitol Hill. But on that day, no objections were raised. Instead, at least two lawmakers in the room asked the CIA to push harder, two U.S. officials said.

According to the article, the CIA gave congressional overseers approximately 30 private briefings, some of which included descriptions of waterboarding, other harsh interrogation methods, and virtual tours of the CIA's overseas detention sites.

As to the Speaker herself, Pelosi declined to comment to the Washington Post.

This report comes after many months of criticism by congressional Democrats about enhanced interrogation methods administered by the Bush Administration. They have also complained about clandestine detainment facilities. Some objected recently to the appointment of Attorney General Michael Mukasey solely because he wouldn't declare waterboarding to be torture. And just this week, Democrats have reached full fury again over some destroyed interrogation tapes."

So with all this outrage over torture, it is quite a revelation that the House Speaker knew of waterboarding all along, and even approved of it, if you believe the Washington Post. Just some bait to try to lure Gayle back /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

bamadog
12-16-2007, 02:56 PM
That's right, Pelosi was fully aware of the US policy on interrogating suspected terrorists 5 years ago. She was fully aware that techniques like water-boarding were going to be employed. It didn't bother her then. She wasn't "shocked" or "appalled" by the prospect. It was only later, when she saw that she could make some hay with the far left, that her "conscience" was troubled.