What the fuck? Is this how the Dems cover their asses when they get caught in a big fat fucking lie?
Democrats on the House intelligence committee said Thursday that CIA officers broke the law in 2002 if they told Nancy Pelosi then that they had not yet engaged in waterboarding.
“If they make a false report, absolutely it’s illegal,” said Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. “If they fail to make a report when they’re obligated to that is also illegal — a violation of the National Security Act.”
“The act provides little in the way of recourse, but the committee is seriously looking at revising the law so that there are ramifications for failing to brief Congress on critical intelligence matters, aides said.”
The Democrats are absolutely trashing our national security. The CIA is damned if they did, damned if they didn’t. Pelosi can’t make up her mind whether or not she was told waterboarding was an option or whether it was being used. Either way, she never raised a stink.
……”She’s away from Intel now, she’s not focused on it, it’s not her priority,” Rep. C.A. Ruppersberger (D-Md.) said of Pelosi in 2003. “We have all these committees we go to, we get briefed on hundreds and hundreds of things. The specialist, though, was the chairman, or the ranking at the time, Jane Harman. And she did what she had to do, and we couldn’t get a response back.”
In fact, Harman did receive a response from CIA General Counsel Scott W. Muller; it just wasn’t the one she wanted. In a February 2003 letter, Miller wrote: “As we informed both you and the leadership of the intelligence committees last September, a number of executive branch lawyers including lawyers from the Department of Justice participated in the determination that, in the appropriate circumstances, use of these techniques is fully consistent with U.S. law.”
She’s ‘away from intel now’, so she can deny everything she was briefed.
Pelosi’s excuse for not raising objections:
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 person familiar with the situation said Monday.
She denied being told that the waterboarding—which had been deemed legal by the government—was being used at that time on thugs like Abu Zubaydah, although the briefers made it clear that they had in fact, been used. That pretty much sums it up.
The Democrats would rather go through the charade of public denial than have the integrity to admit they knew about the technique and that it worked.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has this to say about Pelosi’s bullshit:
“She [Pelosi] wants it both ways: She wants to damn the Bush Administration, but she doesn’t want to take responsibility for what she was told.”
“….If there was a crime, she was part of it”
Pelosi needs to stop digging or she’ll be in Bejiing by the end of the week.
Note to Nancy: Plausable denial is not an option. You’ve been outed, and you’ll get your ass dragged through broken glass on this one. You’ll wish to hell you’d have been waterboarded instead.