Saturday, May 16, 2009
Nancy Pelosi On Interrogation Techniques
Pelosi Statement on Congressional Briefings on Enhanced Interrogation Techniques
Friday, May 8, 2009
Contact: Brendan Daly/Nadeam Elshami, 202-226-7616
Washington, D.C. –Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on Congressional briefings related to Enhanced Interrogation Techniques:
“Of the 40 CIA briefings to Congress reported recently in the press, I was only briefed once, on September 4, 2002, as I have previously stated.
“As I said in my statement of December 9, 2007:
‘I was briefed on interrogation techniques the Administration was considering using in the future. The Administration advised that legal counsel for both the CIA and the Department of Justice had concluded that the techniques were legal.’
“I had no further briefings on the techniques.
“My understanding of the briefing I received is consistent with the description that CIA General Counsel Scott Muller provided to Congresswoman Jane Harman in a letter dated February 28, 2003, which states:
‘As we informed both you and the leadership of the Intelligence Committees last September, a number of Executive Branch lawyers including lawyers from the Department of Justice participated in the determination that, in the appropriate circumstances, the use of these techniques is fully consistent with U.S. law.’
“As reported in the press, a cover letter from CIA Director Panetta accompanying the briefings memo released this week concedes that the descriptions provided by the CIA may not be accurate.”