Thursday, April 23, 2009
Nancy Pelosi said today:
The Bush administration did not inform Congress that it had waterboarded detainees in classified briefings, after the agency had already done so...
Pelosi told reporters that the administration officials only told her and those in a classified briefing in the fall of 2002 that they believed they had the legal authority to do so, based on Office of Legal Counsel memos which have recently been released by the Obama administration.
"In that or any other briefing...we were not, and I repeat, were not told that waterboarding or any of these other enhanced interrogation techniques were used," said Pelosi. "What they did tell us is that they had some legislative counsel...opinions that they could be used, but not that they would."
However, that is likely untrue.
As noted by the above-linked article at Huffington Post:
Her assertion contradicts a recently released Senate committee report that cited CIA records to claim that senior members of Congress in both parties were briefed on the waterboarding, which had already been done to detainee Abu Zubaydah.Moreover, the Washington Post wrote in 2007: