Talk about poetic justice. The CIA has released a memo showing that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi knew about Enhanced Interrogation Techniques and who they were used on.
Intelligence officials released documents this evening saying that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was briefed in September 2002 about the use of harsh interrogation tactics against al-Qaeda prisoners, seemingly contradicting her repeated statements over the past 18 months that she was never told that these techniques were actually being used.
In a 10-page memo outlining an almost seven-year history of classified briefings, intelligence officials said that Pelosi and then-Rep. Porter Goss (R-Fla.) were the first two members of Congress ever briefed on the interrogation tactics. Then the ranking member and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, respectively, Pelosi and Goss were briefed Sept. 4, 2002, one week before the first anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The memo, issued by the Director of National Intelligence and the Central Intelligence Agency to Capitol Hill, notes the Pelosi-Goss briefing covered "EITs including the use of EITs on Abu Zubaydah." EIT is an acronym for enhanced interrogation technique. Zubaydah was one of the earliest valuable al-Qaeda members captured and the first to have the controversial tactic known as water boarding used against him.
It is going to be something to watch Pelosi weasel out of this one. I certainly hope she cannot. She along with other prominent Democrats have done a lot to whip up the radical far left into a feeding frenzy over Enhanced Interrogation Techniques. They floated ideas ranging from Bush's impeachment to charging him with war crimes. The far left is now out for blood, they see this as a moral issue. They may even eat one of their own over this.
Republicans need to fan this flame just as hard as the Democrats did with Bush. Pelosi flat out lied and is getting caught up in her own words. If the Democrats start eating their own or start losing face with each other, it will only help Republicans' chances in 2010 and 2012.
I cannot help but wonder if Obama had any idea what a problem the whole thing would cause? If he knew, was his intention to get Pelosi out of the picture?