Friday, May 15, 2009

Little Nancy's troubles

For those of you who, like the Vulture, just LOVE schadenfreude, this is your kind of story. Little Nancy "Air Force 3" Pelosi is in a bit of a bind. And this wound is self-inflicted.

We'll start with a little time line. It was reported on April 23rd that Little Nancy was pushing for a 'truth' panel on torture.

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.

Pelosi on Wednesday seized on Obama's openness to prosecuting top Bush administration lawyers who formulated policies to strip, slap, shove and waterboard detainees said to be among Al Qaeda's worst in U.S. custody after 9/11.

"It gives further impetus among members to have some kind of truth commission as to what happened," Pelosi said. "I do not think immunity should be granted to everyone in a blanket way," she added.
Please pay particular attention to that last line. Oh the irony!

Because, you see, Little Nancy had a little secret: she was in on it!
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.
Uh oh! Little Nancy told a lie! Again and again and again.

But it gets better as she shovels harder and faster in her attempts to extricate herself from the hole she dug.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi learned in early 2003 that the Bush administration was waterboarding terror detainees but didn’t protest directly out of respect for “appropriate” legislative channels, a person familiar with the situation said Monday.

The Pelosi camp’s version of events is intended to answer two key questions posed by her critics: When, precisely, did she first learn about waterboarding? And why didn’t she do more to stop it?

Pelosi has disputed a CIA document, released last week, that shows she was briefed in September 2002 on the “particular” interrogation techniques the United States had used on Al Qaeda leader Abu Zubaydah. Pelosi has said she was told then only that the Bush administration was considering using certain techniques in the future — and that it had the legal authority to do so.

But there’s no dispute that on Feb. 4, 2003 — five months after Pelosi’s September meeting — CIA officials briefed Pelosi aide Michael Sheehy and Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), then the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, on the specific techniques that had been used on Zubaydah — including waterboarding.
Okay, let's get our duck in a row here, shall we?
  • Little Nancy was briefed about the "enhanced" interrogation techniques in 2002.
  • Little Nancy was briefed specifically about waterboarding in 2003.
  • Little Nancy wants to call hearings to punish everyone who engaged in and/or knew about the "enhanced" interrogation techniques.
  • That list would include...........Little Nancy!
Schadenfreude, sweet schadenfreude.

I'll be she'd look swell in an orange prison jump suit.