Nah, more like birds of a feather.
Nah, more like birds of a feather.
Pelosi was on the airwaves today, rallying her base, defending her release of a report on “enhanced interrogation” techniques and, naturally, blaming Dick Cheney for the whole thing. The former House Leader, of course, knew all about what was going on, all along, as did her Democrat colleagues who now want to prosecute individual CIA agents for violating the human rights of their favorite terrorists. Forget the fiction of author Vince Flynn who detailed all this for years (and the NSA’s activities, which Congress now also claims to have been ignorant of), and stick with the liberal’s own house organ, The Washington Post
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. The memo, issued by the Director of National Intelligence and the Central Intelligence Agency to Capitol Hill, notes the Pelosi-Goss briefing covered “EITs including the use of EITs on Abu Zubaydah.” EIT is an acronym for enhanced interrogation technique. Zubaydah was one of the earliest valuable al-Qaeda members captured and the first to have the controversial tactic known as water boarding used against him.
The issue of what Pelosi knew and when she knew it has become a matter of heated debate on Capitol Hill. Republicans have accused her of knowing for many years precisely the techniques CIA agents were using in interrogations, and only protesting the tactics when they became public and liberal antiwar activists protested. In a carefully worded statement, Pelosi’s office said today that she had never been briefed about the use of waterboarding, only that it had been approved by Bush administration lawyers as a legal technique to use in interrogations. “As this document shows, the Speaker was briefed only once, in September 2002. The briefers described these techniques, said they were legal, but said that waterboarding had not yet been used,” said Brendan Daly, Pelosi’s spokesman. Pelosi’s statement did not address whether she was informed that other harsh techniques were already in use during the Zubaydah interrogations.
In December 2007 the Washington Post reported that leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees had been briefed in the fall of 2002 about waterboarding — which simulates drowning — and other techniques, and that no congressional leaders protested its use. At the time Pelosi said she was not told that waterboarding was being used, a position she stood by repeatedly last month when the Bush-era Justice Department legal documents justifying the interrogation tactics were released by Attorney General Eric Holder.
In October 2005, CIA officials began briefing other congressional leaders with oversight of the intelligence community, including top appropriators who provided the agency its annual funding. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a prisoner-of-war in Vietnam and an opponent of torture techniques, was also read into the program at that time even though he did not hold a special committee position overseeing the intelligence community.
So this has nothing to do with the advisability or legality of how the CIA treated suspects – it’s pure political circus, being dramatized to enhance Democrat’s election prospects for the fall: World opinion be damned. As for those CIA agents who were given the blessings of the House Speaker to “do what you must”, well, that was twelve long years ago – she’s changed her mind.
Guardian columnist Steve Rose bemoans the racism in cartoons. There is so much to enjoy in this interminable exercise in self-flagellation by a white liberal that I strongly advise you to wade through the whole thing, but here’s just a tiny representative sample:
Like many animated stories, Planes hinges on the premise of an exceptional individual who dreams of transcending their allotted role in life – in this case, an ambitious crop duster (voiced by Dane Cook). The other planes ultimately help him by donating parts. It’s the same story in Turbo. Ryan Reynolds’ snail also harbours racing ambitions, and is aided by street-talking comic-relief sidekicks voiced by Samuel L Jackson, Snoop Dogg and Michelle Rodriguez, among others. And let’s not forget Turbo’s human accomplices: some Mexicans who run a taco stand and The Hangover’s Ken Jeong as a Vietnamese woman. Social mobility is only available to white characters, the message seems to be, and it’s the job of non-whites to facilitate it.
It’s a wonder poor Steve can leave his bed in the morning to go watch these assaults on human dignity.
The good news keeps coming. Latest? Being fat is good for you.
Still better? Butter is both delicious and healthy.
And, hurrah! Nicotine is God’s gift to old people. (of course, using nicotine regularly when young cuts down considerably your chances of sticking around long enough to enjoy its health benefits in your old age, but that’s a quibble)
RELATED: Cellphones, wi-fi won’t kill you, or your precious school kids. Refusing to vaccinate those children, however, a practice usually associated with parents fearful of radio waves and alien ray guns, is dangerous. Go figure.
A retired art teacher has ended her life at the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland after becoming increasingly disillusioned with modern life.
In an interview before her death, the 89-year-old environmentalist, from Sussex, said she felt technology had taken the humanity out of social interaction.
Anne, who asked to be referred to only by her first name, also said she was worried about the damage being inflicted on the planet through overcrowding and pollution.
I’ll keep this whacko’s example in mind next time I hear someone whining about global warming and pollution and I’m looking for a suggestion to ease their pain. Earth: love it or leave it.
Sounds like they found him in Ypsilanti, where a mystery pooper is messing the slides at children’s parks.
The latest from the intolerant left:
Elsewhere, a Credoaction petition accrued 75,000 signatures behind the demand that “CEO Brendan Eich should make an unequivocal statement of support for marriage equality. If he cannot, he should resign. And if he will not, the board should fire him immediately.”
Oddly enough, the leftists promoting all this espouse “free speech”, “tolerance” and “dialogue”, and ridicule the Catholic Church for its rigid adherence to doctrine. Viva Che.