The Democrats, especially on the far left, have argued that opinion that harsh interrogation alone is a crime.
How about knowledge of that ‘crime’? Would that at least make you an accessory?
A newly released C.I.A. memo shows that Ms. Pelosi, then the Minority Leader, was fully briefed on the interrogation program as early as September 2002, according to ABC news. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was briefed on the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” on terrorist suspect Abu Zubaydah in September 2002, according to a report prepared by the Director of National Intelligence’s office. The report details a Sept. 4, 2002 meeting between intelligence officials and Pelosi, then-House intelligence committee chairman Porter Goss, and two aides. At the time, Pelosi was the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee.
The report, submitted to the Senate Intelligence Committee and other Capitol Hill officials Wednesday, appears to contradict Pelosi’s statement last month that she was never told about the use of waterboarding or other special interrogation tactics. Pelosi stated she was never told about the waterboarding…that is a blatant lie. First, there is proof that Ms. Pelosi was in fact given a tour of the ‘black site’ where waterboarding was to be carried out in 2003, in fact.
The report also details dozens of other meetings with members of Congress — though not with Pelosi present — where the use of waterboarding and other interrogation techniques was described.
Pelosi wasn’t the only Democrat informed of the EIT. Senators Bob Graham and John D. Rockefeller IV and Rep. Jane Harman were just among a few of the members of Congress that were informed.
The report is accompanied by a letter from CIA Director Leon Panetta to intelligence committee leaders that describes the way it was compiled: “This letter presents the most thorough information we have on dates, locations, and names of all Members of Congress who were briefed by the CIA on enhanced interrogation techniques.”
This is the usual Democratic line. It is easy to criticize, and tough to lead. Just look at Obama’s promises on shutting down Guantanamo Bay. Now that he has the power to close the facility down, he is dealing with the practical reality Bush did, which is that it is virtually impossible to find a realistic solution to the problem. For example, Attorney General Eric Holder went to Congress this week and promised that no terrorists would be released into the U.S. from Gitmo. What he failed to answer was whether he considered the Chinese Uighurs terrorists; there have been leaked plans to release the Uighars into suburban Washington D.C., which has come under a firestorm of protests. So Holder could keep his word, and still release the Uighars, assuming he doesnt’ believe they are terrorists. Again, Democrat hypocrisy.
Like I said about the whole issue of investigations and prisoners, bring it on. The Democrats were intimately involved with the progression of the enhanced interrogation program, and actually supported it until it became politically beneficial to them to be publicly against it. Accessories after the fact, if you want to think of it that way. It makes it even harder when common sense moderate Democrats like Harold Ford basically validate the Bush policy, as he did on Chris Matthews show this week.
Democratic hypocrisy and lies on this issue is beyond the pail.
UPDATE: The Nancy Pelosi Defense League continues to build new defenses against her indefensible lies. First, CIA Director Panetta said that the memos he released this week were from CIA operatives own recollections, and may be inaccurate. Way to stand up for your own people, Leon. Then, she tried to latch on to Jane Harman who actually did object to the interrogations in 2003. Small problem, though; Pelosi knew about them atleast one year before Harman. Republican Peter Hoekstra, who was at many of the meetings, is now demanding that there is full disclosure of those hearings to ferret out the truth; since he was at those meetings, you have to imply that he already knows that politically this will be beneficial. No response yet from the Obama Administration.