Here's my take on what's going on here. I'll try to keep this short.
Back in 2002 around the one year anniversary of 9/11, when the nation was being whipped up in a froth of warmongering and hatred, a very very short list of Democrats where given a super secret briefing on the Thug's plans to torture some people. Since it was classified they couldn't tell anyone else about it. Who knows what they were told, but it was enough to make them complicit. That was the intent of the briefing. It was a torture trap.
It's kind of like a crime boss movie where the new guy is brought in to witness a hit. At that point, he's got the choice to either go to the authorities or keep quiet. If he goes to the cops, you know who is going to be the next one for the meat wagon, and if he stays quiet, he's on the team. He's an accomplice. They own him. He can never get out, because all they need to do is unveil the evidence that he was inon the hit and up he goes for some hard time. He's trapped.
In 2002 Nancy Pelosi could have made a big fussy stink about waterboarding and the other torture techniques she was briefed on. I'm not sure what would have happened to her then, but I bet the Thug attack machine would have chewed her up. Remember it was classified, and the country was in quite a lather. So she held her silence, and she became owned.
How many times, over the last five years have the Thugs held the Torture Trap over Nancy Pelosi? Did they threaten it when Jane Harmon was up for the Intel chair? Does it have something to do with her pledge that impeachment is off the table? Do they have anything else on her? Who knows.
But yesterday they sprung the trap. Why yesterday? Well it was quite a week. On Thursday it became clear that Bush has been lying big time about the Iranian nuke capability. Before this NIE news was even out of the box, we learned that the CIA destroyed hundreds of hours of waterboarding torture tapes. The Democrats are making all sorts of noises about real hearings this time and whoa... it turns out Nancy Pelosi knew about the waterboarding since 2002 and did nothing.
Now she refuses to directly address the matter.
Pelosi declined to comment directly on her reaction to the classified briefings. But a congressional source familiar with Pelosi's position on the matter said the California lawmaker did recall discussions about enhanced interrogation. The source said Pelosi recalls that techniques described by the CIA were still in the planning stage -- they had been designed and cleared with agency lawyers but not yet put in practice -- and acknowledged that Pelosi did not raise objections at the time.
This undermines the efforts of those seeking the truth. At the very least Nancy Pelosi now needs to be candid and explain herself fully.
Is the timing of the WaPo story an effort to derail the investigations into torture? Sure it is.
Is Nancy Pelosi the target of a torture trap by the Thugs? You bet she is.
Does this excuse her complicity over the last five years. Heck no, she's supposed to be a leader.
Do we need to stand together and demand that the truth come out no matter who gets swept up into the dragnet? Absolutely!
One thing is for sure. As a community we should not sweep this under the carpet. Yesterday there were numerous calls to unrecommend the EZ writer diary because people were concerned that dKos was being suckered into Pelosi loathing by the Thugs. Now the story is front page on all media outlets except dKos, where it seems to have been declared off limits. I don't think that ignoring a story of this magnitude is the right way to go. Agree, disagree, discuss, expose, take a stand. If we are silent they win.
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