Sunday, December 09, 2007

Pelosi, Other Dems, Briefed on Interrogation Techniques in 2002

We are shocked, shocked, that liberal politicians could be so disingenuous.

Long before it became clear that terrorist interrogations could be used as a political tool, the CIA was showing members of congress exactly how interrogations of captured terrorists worked.

From the Washington Post:
In September 2002, four members of Congress met in secret for a first look at a unique CIA program designed to wring vital information from reticent terrorism suspects in U.S. custody. For more than an hour, the bipartisan group, which included current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was given a virtual tour of the CIA's overseas detention sites and the harsh techniques interrogators had devised to try to make their prisoners talk.

Among the techniques described, said two officials present, was waterboarding, a practice that years later would be condemned as torture by Democrats and some Republicans on Capitol Hill. But on that day, no objections were raised. Instead, at least two lawmakers in the room asked the CIA to push harder, two U.S. officials said.
Of course at this point in time, liberal nutbags like Al Franken were still in their "red hot poker up the ass" mode, but give the Left credit, when they see a chance to stick a finger in the President's eye while endangering the entire country, they go for it, hammer and tongs.