Thursday, May 14, 2009
House Republican leader John Boehner (BAY'-nur) is dismissing the House speaker's account of what she was told about interrogation techniques used on suspected terrorists.
Nancy Pelosi says she was not told that waterboarding was taking place during an intelligence briefing in 2002. She accuses the CIA of withholding information from members of Congress.
Boehner responds that it's "pretty clear" that congressional Democrats "were well aware of what these enhanced interrogation techniques were" and that they "were well aware that they had been used."
CIA records show Pelosi attended only one briefing, the one in 2002 where she says she was told waterboarding hadn't been used. And a chart released by the CIA detailing its briefings for lawmakers is vague on what transpired at that session. It says only that Pelosi and the top Intelligence Committee Republican were given a description of interrogation techniques that had been used.
The chart notes a discussion of waterboarding in 13 briefings between February 2003 and March 2009, most attended by both Democrats and Republicans.