Friday, May 08, 2009

Put Pelosi Under Oath Now

WaPo headlines - "CIA Says Pelosi Was Briefed on Use of 'Enhanced Interrogations'"

It's report begins - - -

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.

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. . . .

The AP gives the story a pro-Pelosi spin as its headline - "CIA docs unclear on Pelosi interrogation briefings" - makes clear.

As of 8 AM ET I could find at the NY Times site no story on the latest CIA release.

I think the Times realizes how incriminating this latest release is. It's likely doing everything it can to make sure the story it finally does publish casts Pelosi in the best light possible, without exposing the Times to ridicule down the road when I'm betting we'll learn Pelosi knew a lot more than she's admitting now.

Pelosi really needs to temporarily relinquish the Speakership and cooperate in an investigation of what she knew and when.

Given President Obama's release of classified interrogation memos and all the selective leaks gushing from his administration, I can't see what need there is now to conduct the Pelosi investigation behind closed doors.

We need a nonpartisan commission to conduct the Pelosi investigation in public with the Speaker of many stories testifying under oath.

That's what I think. What about you?

The entire WaPo story's here; the AP's is here.


Ken said...

Pelosi has gotten away with lying for decades and the lapdog media will make sure she gets away again. Obama would prefer to have a threat to use against the Speaker than to conduct any meaningful investigation. She'll never face any consequences unless the administration decides she's in the way.

She's a Democrat.

She's immune.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Ken's analysis of this situation. Obama has something to hold over Pelosi - and make no mistake he will use it when it suits his purpose.
It never ceases to amaze me how stupid politicans are (particularly in this day and age when everything is on videotape and the internet and there are many who find it a challenge (when a politician denies something) to find evidence that suggests (or proves) that a poitician is being less than honest. I will say that nothing would please me more than to see Peosi revealed for the unctuous pomposity that she is.

f1guyus said...

What has been really fun for me has been watching the SF Chron try to ignore this story.

Anonymous said...

Pelosi: "who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?"
Tarheel Hawkeye