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February 12, 2010

There has been a controversy going on for the past few years that involves long time Congresswoman, Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) and the CIA, for the provided  briefings she received.  Rep. Pelosi claims she did not understand that the briefings, specifically one held on September 4, 2002, covered current activities and those in the very recent past as those activities relate to interrogating captured Al Qaeda Jihadists that were captured on the battlefield.  Pelosi has stated in front of rooms full of news reporters that the CIA lied to her and about her.  What do you think? 

BackgroundSince 1987, Nancy Pelosi has represented California’s Eighth District in the House of Representatives. The Eighth District includes most of the City of San Francisco including Golden Gate Park, Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, and many of the diverse neighborhoods that make San Francisco a vibrant and prosperous community. On January 4, 2007, Nancy Pelosi was elected Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (Speaker of the House is third in line to be the President, in case the current President and Vice-President are killed). 

As a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence for 10 years (the longest continuous period of service in the committee’s history) including two years as the Ranking Democrat, Pelosi worked to ensure that policymakers and military commanders are provided with the timely and accurate intelligence necessary to guide diplomatic initiatives, succeed in combat, and protect U.S. military forces. 

Speaker Pelosi has been around for a while and is not a stupid person, even though she does say and do some seemingly stupid things.  Pelosi’s long association with the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence shows she is very familiar with the CIA and their briefing methods both before and after that terrible Muslim terrorist attack on September 11, 2001.  The briefing in the greatest contention is the one that took place on September 4, 2002.  By the way, these briefings were so secret in content that they were provided to just 4 members of Congress (the Gang of Four), from the House and Senate Intelligence Committees.  One of the other members that was with Pelosi at these briefings was Congressman Porter J. Goss (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (1997-2004).  Congressman Goss was later appointed Director of the CIA, from September 2004-May 2006. 

Obviously, after the Muslim terrorist attack on 9/11, the majority focus was on stopping Al-Qaeda and their associates.  The CIA briefed the Congressional Committees that oversee the Intelligence Services and introduced the CIAs ‘High Value Terrorist Program’ and some of the various enhanced interrogation techniques (EIT), including what would be termed ‘waterboarding’.

Last spring (April 2009), Porter Goss penned an Op-Ed in the Washington Post and this is a little of what he recalled of the time:

Today, I am slack-jawed to read that members claim to have not understood that the techniques on which they were briefed were to actually be employed; or that specific techniques such as “waterboarding” were never mentioned. It must be hard for most Americans of common sense to imagine how a member of Congress can forget being told about the interrogations of Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed. In that case, though, perhaps it is not amnesia but political expedience.

Let me be clear. It is my recollection that:

— The chairs and the ranking minority members of the House and Senate intelligence committees, known as the Gang of Four, were briefed that the CIA was holding and interrogating high-value terrorists.

— We understood what the CIA was doing.

— We gave the CIA our bipartisan support.

— We gave the CIA funding to carry out its activities.

— On a bipartisan basis, we asked if the CIA needed more support from Congress to carry out its mission against al-Qaeda.

I do not recall a single objection from my colleagues. They did not vote to stop authorizing CIA funding. 

Recently the organization, Judicial Watch, has successfully sued through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to have the CIA provide documents regarding the Pelosi/Congressional “Torture Briefings” to Judicial Watch by April 15, 2010: 

“This federal court order is a victory for transparency in the face of Obama administration stonewalling to protect Speaker Pelosi,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “We’re looking forward to completing the public record regarding what Speaker Pelosi knew about the use of enhanced interrogation techniques and when she knew it.”

In April 2009 Speaker Pelosi admitted she was briefed on the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques,” including waterboarding, but was not aware they had already been used. The CIA contradicted Pelosi’s claim, pointing to a briefing they held with the speaker on September 4, 2002, and a subsequent briefing to her top staffer. On July 14, 2009, Judicial Watch filed a separate, successful FOIA lawsuit against the CIA to obtain records from the Office of former Vice President Cheney related to CIA interrogation techniques. 

The time is quickly approaching where Speaker Nancy Pelosi is going to be found out to have put Democrat Party politics ahead of National Security.  In this case, America loses, our National Security is reduced and Nancy Pelosi will be found to be a liar.  Americans should remember this case of Pelosi’s accusations  and deceptions in November and force the lady to retire through defeat at the ballot box,  after her 22 years in the House of Representatives.  It is time for Pelosi to go home.


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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Betsy Ross 2 permalink
    February 12, 2010 10:34 am

    Pelosi is well past her 2 term allowance in CA. VOTE HER OUT.

  2. notamisandrist permalink
    February 12, 2010 8:27 pm

    Thank you for this great synthesis. All too often these are the kinds of stories where the press does a su-press. You get dribs and drabs so that no one can make sense of the time-lines and how the details interrelate and it becomes a confusing, vague yawner for the regular Joe out trying to live his life.

    Conservatives have known for a long time that Pelosi is a danger to our country. But maybe the facts that will be revealed April 15th might anger her base with her sell out of their “values,” e.g. blame America first, harm America first. But hmmmmm, April 15th??? Why THAT date to release the report? Tax day? Tea Party protests? The news will be focused on that, Pelosi will get a pass, and her leftie base will be distracted from her betrayal.

  3. Keith permalink
    February 15, 2010 12:34 pm

    Nancy Pelosi and the Eighth District = the City of San Francisco including Golden Gate Park, Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, and many of the diverse neighborhoods that make San Francisco are a scourge of this nation. Their extreme left views are what has destroyed a once great state. And they won’t be happy until they convert the entire country into a socialist empire controlled by a select few. Read the book: You can trust the Communists to be Communists. Written forty years ago, it describes how the progressives will drive our nation to communism. You can see how they have progressed so far. Scary.

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