Posted by politicalpartypooper on April 20, 2009

By now, the vast consensus in America is that waterboarding is torture.  No arguments here.  All I know is, I don’t want to test the theory on myself.

Recently, we’ve been hearing more and more about how the Democratic Congress wants to revisit this issue, and possibly begin investigating and prosecuting the guilty parties.  President Obama is against that, stating that he intends to move forward, and sees no possible value in getting stuck in the past.  Again, no argument from me, mostly.

Nancy Pelosi, on the other hand, believes we should be taking a look at prosecuting the “evildoers”.

Then, there’s this:

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.

That little tidbit comes from a Washington Post article that was written in December of 2007.  Apparently, Nancy Pelosi knew of, and approved the use of waterboarding as an interrogation technique.  So what game is she playing?

According to former Florida Republican Congressman Porter Goss,  “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 is where someone tells me what’s going on here.  Why would Nancy Pelosi, upon being briefed about a technique she now believes is torture, approve of that technique before it’s use?  Something doesn’t make sense.  Why would she be calling for investigations?  Doesn’t she know that she could be investigated as well?  And why is she resisting President Obama’s call to move forward rather than stay stuck in the past?

These, and many more questions should be answered by an independent investigation.  That’s the way we do things.  I understand that President Obama doesn’t want to get stuck in old news, but there is more than enough evidence of wrongdoing here, and I think it’s time the American people were told the truth about who knew what and when.  We can move forward while we are peeking in the rear view mirror.


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