How many lies can Nancy Pelosi tell in a week?
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi learned in early 2003 that the Bush administration was waterboarding terror detainees but didn’t protest directly out of respect for “appropriate” legislative channels, a confidant of the San Francisco Democrat said Monday…
[T]here’s no dispute that on Feb. 4, 2003 — five months after Pelosi’s September meeting — CIA officials briefed Pelosi aide Michael Sheehy and Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), then the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, on the specific techniques that had been used on Zubaydah — including waterboarding.
Harman was so alarmed by what she had heard, she drafted a short letter to the CIA’s general counsel to express “profound” concerns with the tactic — going so far as to ask if waterboarding had been personally “approved by the president.”
According to the Pelosi confidant, Sheehy told Pelosi about the briefing — and later informed Pelosi, the newly elected minority leader, that Harman was drafting a protest letter. Pelosi told Sheehy to tell Harman that she agreed with the letter, the Pelosi insider said. But she did not ask to be listed as a signatory on the letter, the source said, and there is no reference to her in it…
“She felt that the appropriate response was the letter from Harman, because Jane was the one who was briefed,” said the person. Pelosi “never got briefed on it personally, and when Harman got a ‘no response’ from the CIA, there was nothing more that could be done.”
Remember that Pelosi’s told two other stories this week. First, she knew nothing about waterboarding, no way, no how. Then, she said knew the administration thought it was legal but hadn’t used it yet.
Both stories were pure, industrial-grade bullflop. Nancy Pelosi knew that we were waterboarding terrorists and did nothing about it at all until it was to her personal political advantage to do so.
Pelosi’s worse than a liar, though. She is a craven coward. By her own words, she believed waterboarding is torture yet she allowed the administration to do it. She couldn’t even be bothered to sign someone else’s letter of objection.
There are no words for the contempt I feel toward her. She should resign in shame and if she doesn’t have the basic decency to do that, she should be stripped of her Speaker’s title. I swear, if Republicans don’t have a half-dozen people running against her when she comes up for re-election, they’re just as foolish as she.
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