- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 17, 2009



It is unfortunate that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, is using the old political cover that she was lied to as her excuse for doing nothing about waterboarding (“Pelosi admits waterboard briefing,” Page 1, Friday).

The truth is that even if the CIA does “mislead us all the time,” as Mrs. Pelosi claims, she did nothing about it. She failed to ask even the most basic questions: First, was the CIA going to use waterboarding in the future, since it believed it had the legal authority to do so? Second, how would waterboarding, if used, specifically be carried out? Nor did she ask to be updated and briefed by higher-level officials on the use of all enhanced interrogation techniques.

Other members of Congress did object in writing to the George W. Bush administration’s position on waterboarding. Meanwhile, Mrs. Pelosi explained, “By the time we were told, we were finding out that it had been used before. You know, in other words, that was beyond the point.” The point is that the speaker of the House of Representatives acted like a potted plant when she was briefed by the CIA.



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