Surprise!… Dem Leaders Were Briefed 30 Times On Interrogations
Democratic Leaders of Congress were briefed at more than 30 meetings on enhanced interrogation techniques since 2002.
Speaker Pelosi was told about the interrogation of Al-Qaeda leader Abu Zubaydah that included waterboarding in 2002 and did not raise any objections.
FOX News reported:
Republicans, hoping to turn the tables on Democrats who are open to prosecuting Bush-era lawyers for justifying “enhanced” interrogation techniques, are seeking to reveal the names of those lawmakers who were briefed on the tactics as much as seven years ago.
FOX News has learned there were more than 30 meetings and briefings with members of Congress on the subject since 2002.
The first such briefing dealt with the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, the Al Qaeda operations chief who ran the training camps in Afghanistan where the Sept. 11 hijackers were trained. Sources said California Rep. Nancy Pelosi, now the speaker of the House, attended the meeting with then-Rep. Porter Goss, R-Fla. (who later became CIA director), and she did not raise any objections.
The briefings were given to the chairmen and ranking members of the intelligence committees in the House and Senate until 2006. That could cover Sen. John Rockefeller, W.Va., and Rep. Jane Harman, Calif., both Democrats, as well as Sen. Pat Roberts, Kan., Sen. Lindsey Graham, S.C., Sen. Richard Shelby, Ala., and Rep. Pete Hoekstra, Mich., all Republicans.
Defenders of the interrogation program note that if Congress had wanted to kill the program, all it had to do was withhold funding, which didn’t happen.
Hoekstra, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, has personally requested from Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair an unclassified list of names of all members of Congress who attended those briefings, complete with dates and locations.
He told FOXNews.com the list will probably show many members were briefed “early and often.”
“The purpose of this, of course, is to underscore the fact that people in Congress knew or were aware of the program, its details, and they approved of this program and authorized its funding,” said Jamal Ware, spokesman for Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee.
Gee. Do you think this might just be a political power play by the Hope and Change crowd?
Or, maybe its a smokescreen for the cap and trade policy they want to push on America?
Or, maybe it’s just the typical Leftist attempt to weaken the country?
Whatever they were planning on accomplishing by releasing secret memos on enhanced interrogation techniques, it didn’t work.
Related… Condi Rice approved of waterboarding Al-Qaeda leader Abu Zubaydah.
According to a former intelligence agent, waterboarding of terrorist Abu Zubaydah got him to talk in less than 35 seconds. The technique, which critics say is torture, probably disrupted “dozens” of planned al-Qaida attacks and saved hundreds and thousands of lives. The CIA also confirmed that waterboarding 9-11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed led to information that prevented a similar attack on Los Angeles.
Good for Condi!
Karl Rove at The Wall Street Journal warns: “His invitation to indict Bush officials will haunt Obama’s Presidency.”