Thursday, April 23, 2009

Hypocrisy, thy name is Nancy....

In the ongoing saga of Democrat hypocrisy, we find that Democrats were briefed on waterboarding during the Bush years.

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.

There were 30 of these types of briefings, descriptions of that technique and other harsh interrogation methods were given at many of these.

With one known exception, no formal objections were raised by the lawmakers briefed about the harsh methods during the two years in which waterboarding was employed, from 2002 to 2003, said Democrats and Republicans with direct knowledge of the matter. The lawmakers who held oversight roles during the period included Pelosi and Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) and Sens. Bob Graham (D-Fla.) and John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.), as well as Rep. Porter J. Goss (R-Fla.) and Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan).

Isn't this just so typical? How long have we heard the howls from Pelosi?

EVEN TODAY, Pelosi calls for "a truth commission." It would be nice to hear "truth" from she herself:

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has stepped up Democrats' calls to form a torture "truth commission," urging President Obama not to give immunity to anyone who illegally abused terror thugs.

Is Pelosi for not giving immunity to Congressmen/women like herself, who knew about these "tortures" and raised no formal objections?

"Among those being briefed, there was a pretty full understanding of what the CIA was doing," said Goss, who chaired the House intelligence committee from 1997 to 2004 and then served as CIA director from 2004 to 2006. "And the reaction in the room was not just approval, but encouragement."

This pretty much affirms my earlier post. Those leaders in our government, both Republicans and Democrats, knew what we were doing and thought they were doing the best thing at the time, whether we agree with them or not. The outrage we now hear from Democrats is fake outrage for political purposes.

It seems Code Pink was all over this in 2007. You have to give them credit. They aren't hypocrites. They are truly against war and will call out even the Democrat leader, speaker of the house, Nancy Pelosi when she misleads and fakes outrage.

This story about Pelosi did come out in 2007, but it was sorta ignored by the general public.

Don't think Pelosi didn't have the opportunity to say something early on:

Not only did the Congressional Gang of Four fail to inform the public about the use of torture by our government, but it also kept the 9/11 Commission in the dark. Pelosi testified before the commission on May 22, 2003, but uttered not a word of caution about the methods used.

If you would like to see how Nancy Pelosi danced around this, look at this transcript from Fox News back in 2007:

WALLACE: The president now says that the leadership, the Congress, was fully informed, and that this is not torture.

First question: Were you ever briefed about this policy or the secret Justice Department memos?

PELOSI: Well, in order to know if I'm briefed about it, I'd have to be briefed about it now. What exactly is the president talking about? Yes, let me get my credentials right out there. I'm the longest-serving member of Congress on the intelligence committee, both on the committee and ex officio as a leader. So we have been briefed on some tactics used by the administration.
But I'd have to see what we're talking about here, because this is -- all I know is what I've read in the New York Times.

Oh boy, that's the kind of answer one gets from a teenager when you ask if he has been at a party he was forbidden to go to.

So if you are all upset about how our country tortured, then direct your anger at both parties. At least you should if you don't want to join Nancy in being a hypocrite.