Pelosi Roasted by Waterboarding Revelations
Pardon me for being surprised that people are shocked to find out that Speaker Pelosi is a typical politician. Regardless of whether one thinks waterboarding is torture, the verdict on Pelosi's record on torture is in: she's an accomplice by choosing to remain silent, ironically outed by the director of national intelligence of the administration she worked to get elected.
DNI Dennis Blair has put together a list of CIA briefings of members of Congress related to torture, or "enhanced interrogation techniques," whichever term you prefer, including waterboarding. The document reveals that on September 4, 2002, Speaker Pelosi was briefed and given "a description of the particular EITs that had been employed" on high-level al-Qaeda operative Abu Zubaydah. It is now widely acknowledged that one of these "particular EITs" used on Zubaydah was waterboarding, putting him in an elite class of only three detainees to have had the technique used on them.
This doesn't exactly square with Pelosi's recent statement: "We were not -- I repeat were not -- told that waterboarding or any of these other enhanced interrogation methods were used." Oops.
Pelosi's spokesperson, Brendan Daly, has responded to the CIA document by saying that "the briefers described these techniques, said they were legal, but said that waterboarding had not yet been used."
Let's give Pelosi the benefit of the doubt and assume that somehow waterboarding, despite being used on Zubaydah in August 2002 -- that is, before her briefing -- was somehow left out of the list of EITs used on Zubaydah. What about all the other EITs?
Here, there is a clear contradiction between her statement of not being told about "any of these other enhanced interrogation methods" and the CIA document saying she was briefed on "the particular EITs that had been employed." There can be no reconciling the differing descriptions of the briefing. Pelosi is a seasoned politician, but I can't see how she can wiggle her way out of this one.