"Flat out, they never briefed us that this was happening," she told reporters. "In that or any other briefing … we were not, and I repeat, were not told that waterboarding or any of these other enhanced interrogation techniques were used."Here she is admitting she was told, by an aide, in 2003, sort of:
A Democratic source acknowledged yesterday that it is almost certain that Pelosi would have learned about the use of waterboarding from Sheehy.Later she explained that the CIA lied to her:
Pelosi repeated that she had not been told about the use of torture techniques, despite the claim in the recently released CIA documents that she had been. “I am saying that the CIA was misleading the Congress,” she said.Then she walked back the cat:
“We all share great respect for the dedicated men and women of the intelligence community who are deeply committed to the safety and security of the American people,” she said in a statement issued by her office. “My criticism of the manner in which the Bush Administration did not appropriately inform Congress is separate from my respect for those in the intelligence community who work to keep our country safe.And finally, here's her spokesperson on the defeat of a House resolution to start an inquiry into her accusations of CIA lying:
"This is partisan politics and an attempt by the Republicans to distract from the real issue of creating jobs and making progress on health care, energy and education," said Pelosi spokesman Nadeam Elshami.How much more international embarrassment can America take? The terrorists are going to start appearing sympathetic by comparison.
GOOD LORD 5/22/09
This is from Hot Air's new Green Room...
Not sure if, as Hot Air says, she's standing by her "comment" that the CIA lied--since it was non-specific it could have been her statement that Bush lied or that she lied. Anyway, it's clear they've handed her a new story and she's stickin' to it. What an embarrassment for our country.