January 06, 2009

Democrats and what they knew about “torture”

The Wall Street Journal details how Democrats were “in the loop” the entire time regarding the CIA's covert antiterror interrogation programs:

Beginning in 2002, Nancy Pelosi and other key Democrats (as well as Republicans) on the House and Senate Intelligence Committees were thoroughly, and repeatedly, briefed on the CIA's covert antiterror interrogation programs. They did nothing to stop such activities, when they weren't fully sanctioning them. If they now decide the tactics they heard about then amount to abuse, then by their own logic they themselves are complicit.

The briefings were first available to the Chairmen and ranking Members of the Intelligence Committees. From 2003 through 2006, that gang of four included Democrats Bob Graham and John D. Rockefeller in the Senate and Jane Harman in the House, as well as Republicans Porter Goss, Peter Hoekstra, Richard Shelby and Pat Roberts.

If Congress wanted to kill this program, all it had to do was withhold funding. And if Democrats thought it was illegal or really found the CIA's activities so heinous, one of them could have made a whistle-blowing floor statement under the protection of the Constitution's speech and debate clause. They'd have broken their secrecy oaths and jeopardized national security, sure. But if they believed that Bush policies were truly criminal, didn't they have a moral obligation to do so? In any case, the inevitable media rapture over their anti-Bush defiance would have more than compensated.

Democrats Harman and Rockefeller did make weak protests – Harman a one-page letter in 2003 where she had some vague “concerns” and “questions” (which was made public in 2008), and Rockefeller who wrote a letter to VP Cheney where he protested warrantless wiretapping … but [literally] kept it in a desk drawer … until the program was revealed publicly. Porter Goss, who was CIA Director from 2004-2006, said, “Among those being briefed, there was a pretty full understanding of what the CIA was doing. And the reaction in the room was not just approval, but encouragement." He also noted that some committee members wondered if the CIA was being harsh enough.

Far-left groups that want to investigate and/or indict George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and/or any other administration official might want to keep all this info in mind. It all sort of reminds one of how Democrats were screaming and yelling about how President Bush “lied” us into Iraq (even though the overwhelmingly vast majority of them voted for the use of force there), and later about how Iraq was “a debacle,” and how they’d get us out if they took control of Congress again in 2006 (they never once came even close to cutting off funding to get troops home).

Indeed. Keep all that in mind when you read (if the spelling and grammar doesn't make it unreadable) these Neanderthal-browed lunkheads.

Posted by Hube at January 6, 2009 03:45 PM | TrackBack

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