CIA director, and former Clintonista, Leon Panetta said that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was told the truth by the CIA in briefings about torture or enhanced interrogation techniques (EIT’s). Panetta stated that it is not the policy of the CIA to “mislead”, as they have been accused by Pelosi. Read more, see photos and video below.
I can’t emphasize enough, just how much trouble Nancy Pelosi seems to be in; and to be honest with you, I am enjoying it thoroughly. This is the perfect case of, foot in mouth disease; the more Nancy Pelosi opens her mouth, the deeper her troubles become. Now, even former Clinton administration official and current CIA director Leon Panetta is saying that Speaker Pelosi’s claim of being “mislead” is not true.
In a memo written to CIA agents, Panetta says that Nancy Pelosi was told “nothing but the truth.” He also said that it is ultimately up to Congress to weigh the evidence and determine what really happened. Pelosi has continued to deny that she was briefed on waterboarding or other EIT’s and that she was lied to by the CIA.
The only problem with that accusation is that other members of Congress who were briefed with Pelosi, do not agree with her statements. Her statements essentially say that she was the only member of Congress being lied to by the agency. In the memo to agents Panetta said:
“We are an agency of high integrity, professionalism and dedication,” Panetta said in the memo. “Our task is to tell it like it is — even if that’s not what people always want to hear. Keep it up. Our national security depends on it.”
The title of the memo is “Turning Down the Volume”, in it Panetta encourages his agents to continue to do their jobs while ignoring the “noise” that has ensued due to the accusations of Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Panetta says:
“My advice — indeed, my direction — to you is straightforward: Ignore the noise and stay focused on your mission,” Panetta wrote. “We have too much work to do to be distracted from our job of protecting this country.”
I have to say, that despite being the former Chief of Staff for Bill Clinton, and Obama appointee, it is very refreshing to see Leon Panetta, at least publically, taking his job of CIA Director seriously. We live in very dangerous times and desperately need the CIA working at full and unhindered capacity. The accusations and the firestorm that has been unleashed by Nancy Pelosi are an unneeded distraction for the national security of the United States.
Nancy Pelosi is in hot water, from both sides; she is in trouble with the right for accusing the Bush administration and the CIA of lying to her and Congress. She is in trouble with the left for not going public and railing against the EIT’s that she and the left claim to be torture. This cannot possibly end well for the first female to hold the position of Speaker of the House.
The fact that CIA Director Leon Panetta is defending his agency is another nail in the coffin of the Speakership of Nancy Pelosi. Stay tuned here for further updates on this developing story.
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