Democrats pretty excited about errors found in CIA list on waterboarding briefings

This is almost too stupid to dignify with a post, but there’s an important point lurking here that needs reiterating. Remember: The only dispute as far as Pelosi is concerned is whether she learned waterboarding was going on in September 2002, as a member of the House intelligence brain trust (and as the Washington Post asserted), or five months later in February 2003 after she’d left the committee. There’s no dispute that she knew by the latter date, just as there’s no dispute that she said nothing about the practice upon finding out.

And yet the Democrats — who profess to care about this subject on the merits, and who therefore theoretically shouldn’t fret much about when she knew — are hot to circle the wagons and prove she didn’t find out until February 2003, not September 2002. That’s how principled their opposition is to “torture.”

Three new errors appeared to emerge in the CIA’s matrix of 40 congressional briefings on so-called enhanced interrogation techniques. Those techniques include waterboarding, a form of simulated drowning, which President Barack Obama has called torture.

The CIA acknowledged one of the errors but continued to stand by its version of events in the other two cases…

The CIA chart states that a Senate staffer, Chris Mellon, attended a briefing on July 15, 2004. However, Mellon told The Associated Press that he left the Senate in April 2004 and did not attend the briefing.

On Wednesday, CIA spokesman George Little said the CIA has reviewed its record and agrees that Mellon was erroneously listed as having attended the 2004 briefing…

On Tuesday, House Appropriations Chairman Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., said that one of his committee staff members was erroneously listed as attending a briefing in September 2006. The CIA stands by its record on that count.

How much more pathetic and embarrassing can this story get? This much.

Jazz Shaw Dec 01, 2021 11:01 AM ET