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Nancy Pelosi Turns Down Sunday Show Invitations – Avoids Discussing Waterboarding Complicity

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 14, 2009. Earlier Thursday, under strong attack from Republicans, Pelosi accused the CIA and Bush Administration of misleading her about waterboarding detainees in the war on terror and sharply rebutted claims she was complicit in the method’s use.

Guess Speaker Pelosi doesn’t want to discuss her complicity in CIA enhanced interrogation techniques, including waterboarding.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) turned down invitations to be on several Sunday morning talk shows and is instead spending the weekend with her family.

The Speaker was invited to appear on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” ABC’s “This Week,” “Fox News Sunday” and CNN’s “State of the Union,” according to sources at the networks.
One source said Pelosi (D-Calif.) will be attending her granddaughter’s first communion in Phoenix on Sunday.

Pelosi’s office confirmed she is with her family this weekend.

“We have turned down Sunday shows many, many times before,” Pelosi spokesman Nadeam Elshami said.


Well, Pelosi has attempted to back away from her criticism of the CIA today.

“My criticism of the manner in which the Bush administration did not appropriately inform Congress is separate from my respect for those in the intelligence community who work to keep our country safe,” Pelosi said in a statement Saturday.

In the meantime, the Speaker will hide out, stonewall and hope the news cycle moves on.

Americans deserve some answers from Pelosi about her obvious LIES.

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  • sailhounds2

    A fine example of backpeddling. She needs to lay low until she sufficiently acknowledges that Prez Obama is the new power in DC. Once she does that, he will say the words that will get her out of this mess. He does it for Biden all the time. It’s pay to play. She knows that and we all know that. I could not agree more with the idea that there are many who are wishing for a natural or man-made disaster in the hopes the news cycle moves on.

  • Jersey McJones

    So, let me get this straight – Pelosi may or may not have been told of illegal activities perpetrated by the Bush administration, Republicans and rightwing pundits claim these were definitely not illegal activities, but they want Pelosi to fry for possibly be informed of what they think is legal anyway…

    Is it just me or is this “story” just really, really stupid?


  • Flap

    Nancy Pelosi WAS told about waterboarding and other CIA enhanced interrogation techniques and was complicit in their use.

    Get it?

    Then, Pelosi bashed Bush, Cheney and others about the waterboarding and other techniques with which she was complicit in a hypocritical attempt at scoring political points and faux outrage.

    Get it?

    Now, she avoids answering the questions as to why she hypocritically attacks Bush for “torture” when she was a torturer herself.


    It’s worth noting that, by most if not all of her multiple accounts, Nancy Pelosi is as guilty of torture as anybody else. That’s not an airy rhetorical flourish but a statement of law. As National Review’s Andy McCarthy points out, under Section 2340A(c) of the relevant statute, a person who conspires to torture is subject to the same penalties as the actual torturer. Once Speaker Pelosi was informed that waterboarding was part of the plan and that it was actually being used, she was in on the conspiracy, and as up to her neck in it as whoever it was who was actually sticking it to poor old Abu Zubaydah and the other blameless lads.

    That is, if you believe waterboarding is “torture.”

    Now, you get it.

  • Jersey McJones

    Flap, there’s no hard evidence of what Pelosi was told. It’s a he-said/she-said situation. “Get it?” (Great retort, by the way). In a court of law, this would be viewed as “anecdotal testimonial evidence.” Worth it’s weight in mud. Neither her word nor the CIA’s have much credibility in this situation as both have conflicted political interests. To even bother to assume that one side or the other is telling the truth is childishly naive at best.

    Pelosi is right to “bash Bush” over the illegal abuse of prisoners whether she knew about it or not, though it would be rather hypocritical of her if she did know about it, and she would be incriminating herself in the process. That doesn’t aggravate nor mitigate the fact that what Bush authorized was illegal and should be “bashed.” It was illegal.

    I guess you just want it two ways – you want to believe what you want to believe, regardless of the merits, and you feel that Pelosi is guilty of criminally lying about something you believe isn’t even criminal. Good for you. It’s good to see the Right really has it together these days. Who knows – keep up the intellectuial rigor and you could be back in the majority in only a short 80 years!