Cia Pelosi Was Briefed On Enhanced Interrogation

05.08.09 | FL News Team

The CIA has released official documents that counter House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's claim that she was never briefed about the interrogation tactics used against al-Qaeda prisoners. The documents, quoted by the "Washington Post," show the California Democrat was briefed in September 2002, contradicting her repeated statements over the past 18 months that she was never told that the techniques were actually being used.

In the ten-page memo outlining the nearly seven-year history of classified briefings, intelligence officials said that Pelosi and then Florida Representative Porter Goss were the first two members of Congress ever briefed on the interrogation tactics. The documents say that briefing took place on September 4, 2002, one week before the first anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Pelosi and Goss were briefed as members of the House Intelligence Committee.

The memo, issued by the Director of National Intelligence and the Central Intelligence Agency to Capitol Hill, says the Pelosi-Goss briefing covered, "enhanced interrogation technique's including the use of EITs on Abu Zubaydah." 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.

In a carefully worded statement, Pelosi's office said that she had never been briefed about the use of waterboarding, but was only told that it had been approved by Bush administration lawyers as a legal technique to use in interrogations.