House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday accused the CIA of misleading Congress about its use of enhanced interrogation techniques used on terror detainees.
“The CIA is misleading the Congress of the United States,” she said before casting blame on the Bush administration.
“They mislead us all the time. The intelligence does not support the imminent threat that they are” suggesting, Pelosi said at her weekly news conference.
“Every step of the way the administration was misleading the Congress and that is the issue and that’s why we need a truth commission,” she added.
Under a barrage of questioning, Pelosi also again adamantly insisted that she was not aware that waterboarding or other enhanced interrogation techniques were being used on terrorism suspects.
“I am telling you they told me they approved these and said they wanted to use them but said they were not using waterboarding,” she said.
Growing increasingly frustrated throughout the briefing, Pelosi slowly started backing away from the podium as she tried to end the questioning. As she backed out, she continued to accuse the CIA of not telling Congress that dissenting opinions had been filed within the administration suggesting the methods were not lawful.
Pelosi said she was only briefed once on the interrogation methods in September 2002 and acknowledged that her intelligence aide, Michael Sheehy, informed her about another briefing five months later in which Bush officials said waterboarding was being used on CIA terror detainee Abu Zubaydah.
Pelosi said she supported a letter drafted by Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee who also attended the briefing in February 2003, and sent to the Bush administration, raising concerns over the technique.
Pelosi’s account has changed several times in recent weeks as she has sought to clarify what she did or didn’t know about these interrogation methods that she is pushing to investigate.
Pelosi said last month that she was never told that the controversial interrogation methods were being used. But a national intelligence report showed that she was briefed seven years ago on the tactics while she was on the House Intelligence Committee.
Her spokesman then said the speaker thought the techniques were legal and waterboarding was not used.
Hilarious! Not only is Pelosi making an enemy of the CIA, but it looks like Obama’s media wing (MSNBC) isn’t buying into her lies, either.
Steny Hoyer is measuring the drapes in Nancy’s office, as we speak.