16 May 2009

Pelosi, Pelosi, Pleosithon

Doesn't this woman hold herself up as some sort of feminist?  A shining example to women?

She'd best get out the aluminum foil and baking soda to remove the tarnish, or maybe just stop talking.

New York Times:

Mr. Panetta, a former Democratic congressman from California and a longtime associate of Ms. Pelosi, issued a statement that said the agency’s “contemporaneous records from September 2002 indicate that C.I.A. officers briefed truthfully,” a rebuttal of Ms. Pelosi’s claim on Thursday that intelligence officials had lied to her.
US News & World Report

Things have gotten so serious that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich weighed in with criticisms of his own. Rarely shy about using strong language to bring attention to serious subjects, Gingrich toldABC News that Pelosi continually evolving explanations amounted to "nitpicking in a fundamentally dishonest way."
Pointing out that, as the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee during the period in question, Pelosi was empowered to ask any question she wanted of the CIA representatives who briefed the panel. "She had an absolute obligation to know what was going on and she had an absolute obligation to speak up." If the right questions weren't asked, Gingrich said, "Its Nancy Pelosi's fault."
LA Times (Former home of Matt Welch)
Panetta's written statement, which was directed to CIA employees but released publicly, marked a rare instance in which the secretive agency's leadership has chosen to publicly challenge a high-ranking lawmaker.

"Let me be clear: It is not our policy or practice to mislead Congress," said Panetta, a former member of the House of Representatives from Monterey. "That is against our laws and our values."
Records suggest Pelosi, others were told of harsh interrogations (from May 8, 2009)

A chart compiled by the CIA indicates that Pelosi (D-San Francisco) was briefed on Sept. 4, 2002, on the agency's interrogation of alleged Al Qaeda operative Abu Zubaydah, and that the session covered "the particular [enhanced interrogation techniques] that had been employed." The chart does not list the specific methods covered during the briefing. But during the preceding month, the CIA had used the simulated drowning technique known as waterboarding on Abu Zubaydah at least 83 times, according to a Justice Department memo released last month.
Google News tracks Nancy Pelosi quotes here.
I was truly hoping that Feministing would come to the Speaker's defense, but they have not gotten to it yet.
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