Pelosi Denies Reports: “I did not know about torture.” UPDATE: Hoekstra “Pelosi Knew”

UPDATE: You can hear Speaker Pelosi’s comments for yourself below … but Congressman Peter Hoekstra says either the Speaker was asleep or she just wasn’t paying attention because the intelligence briefing laid it all out. Asleep or not paying attention, either way, with Nancy in charge … we are doomed.

Fox News is reporting that  select Democrat Members of Congress were briefed on the enhanced interrogation techniques used by intelligence officers 30 times. Gateway has the story.

The first such briefing dealt with the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, the Al Qaeda operations chief who ran the training camps in Afghanistan where the Sept. 11 hijackers were trained. Sources said California Rep. Nancy Pelosi, now the speaker of the House, attended the meeting with then-Rep. Porter Goss, R-Fla. (who later became CIA director), and she did not raise any objections.

A few hours ago Nancy Pelosi denied to knew anything … someone is lying. Period. This is the only video I have right now but I will switch it when better stuff comes in.

You really have to listen closely. The meeting she is talking about is with Porter Goss, who went on to run the CIA. Clearly by her admission here, she was told about enhanced interrogation techniques. But she now says she never thought they would use it. Laughable. The CIA tells you about an interrogation technique in the aftermath of 9/11, you don’t object but you don’t expect they will use the technique either. I was born in the morning but not yesterday morning.

Pelosi was the first to be briefed. They told her what they intended to do. She did not object. Case closed.

8 replies
  1. Darlene
    Darlene says:

    I wasn't born yesterday either, but Nancy Pelosi obviously believes we were all born yesterday.  The fact that she can stand in front of a camera and argue with such pompousness and arrogance, that she didn't know or understand, is beyond my comprehension.  This, from our Speaker of the House … the second in the U.S. presidential line of succession after the Vice President, is just incredible to me.

  2. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    According to historycommons.org (http://www.historycommons.org/entity.jsp?entity=nancy_pelosi), Madame Speaker was more than aware of the techniques being used by the CIA.

    An excerpt:

    "….The briefing, apparently one of the first of a series of around 30 private briefings on the CIA’s interrogation program, is for the “gang of eight,” the four top congressional leaders and the senior member from each party on the House and Senate intelligence committees. However, the methods used are only described in some of the briefings, and some of the meetings are just for the “gang of four”—intelligence committee members only. The groups are said to be so small because they concern highly secret covert activities, although it will later be suggested that the administration’s motivation is “partly to hide from view an embarrassing practice that the CIA considered vital but outsiders would almost certainly condemn as abhorrent.” One of the committee members present is Nancy Pelosi (D), and other officials that receive such briefings are reported to include Jane Harman (D), Bob Graham (D), Jay Rockefeller (D), Porter Goss (R) and Pat Roberts (R). Harman is said to be the only one to object at any point. The attendees’ recollections of the meeting will later vary greatly. Goss will say, “Among those being briefed, there was a pretty full understanding of what the CIA was doing… And the reaction in the room was not just approval, but encouragement,” although this may not be a reference to this specific meeting. Graham, who will leave the Senate Intelligence Committee in January 2003, will later say he has no memory of being told about waterboarding, “Personally, I was unaware of it, so I couldn’t object.” A “source familiar with Pelosi’s position” will say that she participates in a discussion of enhanced interrogation techniques, but understands they are at the planning stage at this time and are not in use. <cite>[Washington Post, 12/9/2007]</cite>"

    Pelosi was right in the middle of it.

  3. theignorantfisherman
    theignorantfisherman says:

    A…that's not torture.

    B. This Hack is an absolute lier.

    C. How much  innocent blood is on this womens hands due to all her lies!

    D. Thank God that in the end, Almighty God is sovereign and has the final word.

  4. Erik Blazynski
    Erik Blazynski says:

    I have to say, so what? Who cares if she knew about the torture? She has lied about more important things that this.

    You may say that they are just witch hunting Bush. But I say bullocks. It is people like JV that talk about this for 2 days on the radio that are witch hunting bush by making this non-story relevant. Action will NEVER be taken against ANYONE. This is simply a non-story that you are making into one.  I just don't get it.

  5. Jeff S
    Jeff S says:

    Wouldn't it be hilarious if in the left's attempt to bring down the Bush admin end up taking down one of their own!

  6. skepticalcynic
    skepticalcynic says:

    Nancy Pelosi is in power……this is when you see the flaws in the democratic system. But if the stock market is better and the financial numbers SEEM better, you are gonna get her for extra innings.  Thats really all thats important when you get down to the nitty gritty.  Financial times deemed good, the incumbants get re elected.  National security, social issues, health issues be damned.  Live for money, die for it.

  7. TomTGRWolcott
    TomTGRWolcott says:

    Is this a case of  Plausible deniability ?  I mean, lets think here…why after all this time are they, Pelosi and gang now worried about torture? Gee I was not aware that they were going to do that?  Come on, how could you NOT know.  I think that we the american people fully understand that when it comes to interrogation techniques that we all know that certain processes, whether we like them or not, need to be implemented to secure our nation and the Freedom of all Americans including Pelosi.

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