Boswell defends Pelosi in water boarding flap
Monday, June 8, 2009, 10:26 AM
By O.Kay Henderson
Congressman Leonard Boswell, a former member of the House Intelligence Committee, is defending House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who has come under fire for saying she was "misled" by the Bush Administration about the interrogation techniques used on terror suspects.
Boswell, a Democrat from Des Moines, was on the House Intelligence Committee in September 2002.
That's when Pelosi says she was never told the technique of water boarding was used. Boswell suggests at that time he and other Democrats on the committee were upset about water boarding and a letter of complaint was sent to the Bush Administration.
Iowa Republican Party chairman Matt Strawn issued a written statement in response to Boswell's comments. "It is disappointing that Congressman Boswell is falling in partisan line behind the Speaker and rejecting calls for the briefings in question to be declassified," Strawn said.
Obviously Mr. Strawn has never worked for any federal agency. I recall numerous occasions when Postal Service management lied to carriers.
That CIA officials under direct orders of the White House lied their asses off at a "classified" meeting with the House Intelligence Committee should come as no surprise. That Republicans, however, are defending a shadowy federal agency for its veracity is.
By the way, Strawn must have missed U.S. House minority leader John Boehner's performance on the Wolf Blitzer show a couple of weeks ago.