Monday, November 2, 2009

Schakowsky: After CIA Admits Lying, Republicans Owe Apology To Pelosi

When Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said that the CIA had lied in a briefing about the use of waterboarding, Republicans including Sen. Kit Bond (MO), Rep. Pete Hoekstra (MI), Rep. John Boehner (OH) and former speaker Newt Gingrich roundly attacked her. In a recent House Intelligence Committee hearing, however, an intelligence official related instances in which the CIA misled or lied to Congress, including withholding information to House and Senate committees on the use of torture.

Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL, shown above), one of the chairs of House Intelligence subcommittees, spoke about what the panel learned:

Schakowsky revealed that, in addition to withholding information from lawmakers about torture, the CIA lied or misled Congress about the shooting down of an airplane over Peru in 2001 carrying American missionaries, the destruction of torture tapes and a top secret assassination program aimed at targeting leaders of al-Qaeda. She would not reveal details of what the fifth case was. A 2008 CIA inspector general's report had already concluded that the agency lied to Congress about the Peru incident.

These revelations follow CIA director Leon Panetta's admission in a briefing to lawmakers months ago that the agency misled Congress "on significant actions" for "a number of years."

When asked whether Republicans owe Pelosi an apology, Schakowsky responded, "I certainly think they do." We await the words of contrition from those who savaged the Speaker.

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