The House Speaker alleges the agency misled lawmakers in regards to waterboarding use.
Wired PR News – Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi expressed on Thursday views that the CIA misled her and fellow lawmakers in regards to the use of waterboarding. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Pelosi denied claims that she complied with waterboarding being used by the CIA and accused the spy agency of misleading her and fellow lawmakers during the Bush administration on the issue.
Pelosi is quoted in the report as stating of a 2002 briefing, “We were told that waterboarding was not being used… That’s the only mention, that they were not using it. And we now know that earlier they were.”
As noted by the AP, controversy has recently surrounded Pelosi due to allegations by Republican leaders that she had prior knowledge about the use of waterboarding by the CIA. Pelosi is said to dismiss the allegations as a means for the Republicans to hold Democrats in some measure responsible for the authorization of the now banned tactic, which has been labeled by President Barack Obama as torture.