Less than an hour ago, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused the CIA of "misleading" her on the use of harsh interrogation techniques in the fall of 2002, while acknowledging for the first time that she knew detainees were waterboarded more than six years ago. Just yesterday, President Obama decided that he would not support the release of photos of so-called torture by our operatives after making very clear that he was going to release those photos earlier this year.
The president has truly created a legal morass now with his flip flop on this issue. How is it that he believed releasing sensitive memoranda about the so-called torture would not endanger our troops abroad and our safety here at home, but that showing photos would?
It makes no sense to me. 1 plus 1 equals 2 folks. If you release the memos and say that the US Government and high ranking officials tortured, then it logically follows that you should produce the definitive proof of such criminal actions. I actually agree with the ACLU on this one -- and I never agree with the ACLU.
Okay so if you go back to my orginal posts/interviews on this issue I warned that to open this "pandora's box" was not in the best interest of our nation, our soldiers, or our intelligence gathering community. We must all remember the adage that "when we seek to do other's harm, in the end we end up harming ourselves." The democrats thought this was a "slam dunk" to prove that the GOP and Bush officials were corrupt, immoral, and thuggish leaders who torture people. The facts seem to be showing something else all together.
I hope that we can all agree that so-called "TORTURE" is wrong. None of us supports the willful and malicious harm of other human beings. However, I do think it would be a very useful debate for our nation to have regarding how we define "torture" vs. "enhanced interrogation techniques."
Speaker Pelosi would like to have us believe that she was blind-sided, lied to, manipulated. I for one, am not buying it and my sources on the Hill tell me that democrats are very worried about the mess that Pelosi may be in relative to her conflicting statements on this issue.
I am actually starting to like the idea of a truth commission. I say let's put it all on the table and get to the bottom of this. I am now curious as to who is lying and who is telling the truth. But Speaker Pelosi needs to stop whining and hiding from what she knew and when she knew it. The buck has been passed to her staff, the CIA lawyers, DOJ officials and others. It's time that the Speaker realized that she is responsible for her actions or inactions.
Big Girls Don't Cry Madam Speaker, they stand up, tell the truth, and deal with the consequences that follow.