The American people are tired of the same old politics in Washington D.C. President Obama reminded us of that over and over again during the campaign. There was a promise that chancge was coming, but the reality is that nothing in Washington changes as long as the faces stay the same. And while Nancy Pelosi’s face has most certainly changed over the years, her tactics are the same approach taken by politicians for decades. The tactic she has employed over the last few days is lie, lie, lie and then lie some more. Frankly, we are sick of it and Pelosi must step down from her Speaker of the House position.
Nancy Pelosi’s most current fabrication is that the CIA lied to Congress about waterboarding. The American people are asking what Nancy knew and when did she know it. When Pelosi was still just a representative in Congress, she was briefed along with other members about enhanced interrogation techniques. This occured on September 4th, 2002. The Speaker claims that she was briefed about the different techniques that might be used, but was not told that they were going to be used. Regardless of what the details are in that regard, if she felt so strongly that waterboarding was torture, should she not have commented that she would not support the use of waterboarding at that time? The CIA is claiming that during those briefings, they informed Congress that enhanced interrogation techniques like waterboarding were already being used.
A February 2003 CIA document reveals that a Pelosi aide was briefed that waterboarding was being employed. The Speaker had to admit that she was aware that the meeting took place, thus contradicting herself when she claimed she had no knowledge. That equates to being a lie. Here is the exchange that took place during the press conference:
QUESTION: Madam Speaker, just to be clear, you are accusing the CIA of lying to you in September of 2002.
PELOSI: Yes, misleading the Congress of the United States.
QUESTION: And also…
PELOSI: Misleading the Congress of the United States.
QUESTION: And doing it again now, as they’ve released this list of briefings that says you were briefed on the interrogation tactics used.
PELOSI: I’m saying — I’m quoting what the head of the CIA said. This is — we don’t know if this information is accurate that he’s talking about. What they briefed us on — and perhaps they should release the briefings. I would be very happy if they would release the briefing, and then you will see what they briefed in one time — in one time and another, House and Senate and the rest.
And perhaps with the intense interest that this has generated because of the distraction that the Republicans want to cause with this, then you can make a judgment yourself about what you think these briefings were. But I’m telling you that they talked about interrogations that they had done and said, We want to use enhanced techniques, and we have legal opinions that say they are OK. We’re not using waterboarding. That’s the only mention, that they were not using it. And we now know that earlier, they were.
So yes, I am saying that they are misleading — that the CIA was misleading the Congress.
And now they’re trying to say, Don’t put the spotlight on us. We told the Congress. Well, they didn’t tell us everything that they were doing. And the fact is that anything we would say doesn’t matter anyway.
QUESTION: You said very clearly, We were not told that waterboarding or any of these other enhanced interrogation methods were used.
PELOSI: That’s right. I meant we. We in that — in that — in that meeting.
QUESTION: OK. OK.
PELOSI: In the briefing that I received, we were not told that — in fact, we were told that waterboarding was not being used. No, I wasn’t — I was informed that a briefing had taken place. Now, you have to look at what they briefed those members. I was not briefed that. I was only informed that they were briefed, but I did not get the briefing.
Madame Speaker, you have lied to the American people! You are a disgrace! Not only should you step down from your place as Speaker of the House, but you should go back to San Francisco with your head hung in shame and resign from your position as Representative. We are sick of the games and sick of your crap!