Theodore's World: Intelligence Report: Pelosi Briefed on Use of Interrogation Tactics in Sept. ’02

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May 08, 2009

Intelligence Report: Pelosi Briefed on Use of Interrogation Tactics in Sept. ’02

Intelligence Report: Pelosi Briefed on Use of Interrogation Tactics in Sept. ’02

ABC News

ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: 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 and obtained by ABC News.

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. Instead, she has said, she was told only that the Bush administration had legal opinions that would have supported the use of such techniques.

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 meeting is described as a “Briefing on EITs including use of EITs on Abu Zubaydah, background on authorities, and a description of particular EITs that had been employed.”

Democratic Leaders of Congress were briefed at more than 30 meetings on enhanced interrogation techniques since 2002.


Republicans Claim Top Lawmakers Were in the Loop on Interrogations

FOX news

FOX News has learned there were more than 30 meetings and briefings with members of Congress on the subject since 2002.

The first such briefing dealt with the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, the Al Qaeda operations chief who ran the training camps in Afghanistan where the Sept. 11 hijackers were trained. Sources said California Rep. Nancy Pelosi, now the speaker of the House, attended the meeting with then-Rep. Porter Goss, R-Fla. (who later became CIA director), and she did not raise any objections.

The briefings were given to the chairmen and ranking members of the intelligence committees in the House and Senate until 2006. That could cover Sen. John Rockefeller, W.Va., and Rep. Jane Harman, Calif., both Democrats, as well as Sen. Pat Roberts, Kan., Sen. Lindsey Graham, S.C., Sen. Richard Shelby, Ala., and Rep. Pete Hoekstra, Mich., all Republicans.


Wild Thing's comment.........

There are career people on both sides of the aisle over at CIA. Some very very good ones and some very bad.

They are united in their defense of the CIA, however. You do not attack the spook house unless you are loaded for bear. I am sure they have enough "stuff" on Pelosi to burn her from hell to breakfast.

Posted by Wild Thing at May 8, 2009 05:45 AM


I hope the CIA continues to be as leaky with information as it has in the past. This time I hope the leaks are about Pelosi, Murtha, Kerry, Obama, et al.

As you state WT, there are two elements at the CIA. One element is very pro America, the other element is not.

Posted by: TomR at May 8, 2009 12:27 PM

She's perjured herself! She should be drummed out and put in prison like they did with Scooter Libby. Shows you just how easy the liberals have it.

Posted by: Lynn at May 8, 2009 02:03 PM

The Clinton 'prevarication' code of ethics still apply to the party of the UN, it's a one way street for members, higher ascension for the Demoncraps and jail for the Republicons. No one will hold that liar accountable. She'll ply that 'Murtha' defense, the congressional Speech or Debate Clause.

Posted by: Jack at May 8, 2009 03:39 PM

Tom, I agree, I hope they leak things on
all of those you mentioned.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 8, 2009 08:00 PM

Lynn, yes your rigiht, they can do and
say anything and they get away with it.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 8, 2009 08:01 PM

Jack, thanks for the Murtha article link.
Yes Pelosi will never be held to the fire.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 8, 2009 08:04 PM