May 15th, 2009
05:50 PM ET
5 years ago

Pelosi responds to Panetta comments

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded Friday to CIA Director Leon Panetta's public disagreement with her charge that she was misled by the agency on the use of waterboarding and other aggressive interrogation techniques.

"We all share great respect for the dedicated men and women of the intelligence community who are deeply committed to the safety and security of the American people," she said in a statement issued by her office. "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.

"What is important now is to be united in our commitment to ensuring the security of our country; that, and how Congress exercises its oversight responsibilities, will continue to be my focus as we move forward."


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soundoff (130 Responses)
  1. Denis

    Nancy Pelosi has now been contradicted by two CIA chiefs, her own former staff member, and members of her own party. Her defense is that it was "not her job" to disagree with the briefings, because she had an election to win in the House. Excuse me…. her job is to represent her constituents, and members of the US House of Representatives as Speaker; and finally the people of the US as a member of the House Intellegence Committee. She has been exposed as purely a political hack and should be replaced as leader of the House of Representatives.

    May 15, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  2. No Incumbents 2010

    "What is important now is to be united in our commitment to ensuring the security of our country; that, and how Congress exercises its oversight responsibilities, will continue to be my focus as we move forward."

    And I must say that me not paying attention when I was clearly briefed was an oversight.

    May 15, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  3. Proud Member..Party of No

    Translation: "There's nothing to see here....let's just move along and forget that this ever happened and I didn't really mean it when I called all of the those dedicated men and women in the intelligence community a bunch of liars."

    Sorry Nan, this ain't going away...........but you are.

    May 15, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  4. Obama Victim

    Nancy says,

    "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."

    HUH????

    So she is effectively saying... "someone from the CIA lied to me but I want to blame Bush"

    KEEP TALKING NANCY!!

    You are destroying what little moral high-ground you could have claimed on this issue. Dems have been calling for a "Truth Commission"... LOL... to be lead by Nancy the-liar Pelosi???

    May 15, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  5. Bob

    NANCY PELOSI IS A GREAT LEADER.

    Ms. Pelosi,

    I have great respect for you and really appreciate the great work you are doing for our Country.

    You need to put all these Wall Street Crooks and Scoundrels in Jail. All these Criminals will always hate you, don’t bother, just keep doing what you are doing.

    You have my full support and the support of many Rational and Sensible people.

    Republican Party is all done, they have an Insane leader Rush Limbaugh.

    May 15, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  6. Larry

    BRAVO NANCY ...

    Republicans HATE the TRUTH

    The Party Of NO ... Honesty

    May 15, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  7. Once You Vote Black

    Funny when the GOP is in the dumps they want "No Incumbents 2010". Nancy is telling the truth. The CIA is dedicated to lies and spys. Besides, if we have to forfit Nancy P in order to get Bush and Cheney to go to jail I would say off with her head. As long as those two spend the rest of their lives in jail. The best thing would be for the Dems to say get rid of Nancy P but jail Bush and Cheney. Then we could day see how fair we are.

    May 15, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  8. sandee in Portland

    How said that an elected representative of the people cannot own up to the fact that she made a mistake. I, for one, will not believe anything Ms. Pelosi says from this point forward. It takes a better person to admit they were wrong and obviously Ms. Pelosi isn't one of the better people. I would have much more respect for her if she would just own up to the fact that she made a mistake.

    May 15, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  9. mike in portland

    You guys are conveniently losing sight of the most important thing here, which is just what the right wants to happen. The focus needs to remain on the torture and those who spawned it. Anything else is a red herring.

    May 15, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  10. Barbara Independent in NY

    OMG–Why is everyone buying into the Republican's trick of deflecting the responsibility for THEIR TORTURE POLICY onto someone that could not have stopped it? Unbelievable. We really have to do something about the educational system in this country. We have way too many stupid people and the Republicans know how to play them.

    May 15, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  11. Pete D

    Pelosi is just another dirty politician. She must be push out of the Congres right away. What a shamefull woman!

    May 15, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  12. ck

    AHHHH.. NANCY!!

    You finally got enough rope, and are hanging yourself.

    She is a liar, a sponge and an idiot.

    Please go away very soon Pelosi!

    May 15, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  13. Len

    What difference does it make what Nancy Pelosi knew and when she knew it? Does it make what we did any more right? Does it somehow validate the policies of the Bush administration? Does it make Dick Cheney a nice man?

    Please, America, show some smarts on this one. Don't be distracted by the lollipop.

    May 15, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  14. Jerry

    The Bush administration and the CIA mislead the Secretary of State and the American people to the tune of the Iraq war and we have trouble imagining that the agency would have a problem misleading a congressman? Maybe she is dishonest, but having swallowed the old WMD deception hook line and sinker, I think I'll refrain from passing judgment until the facts are out on this one. I only wish we had done so when they sold us the war.

    May 15, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  15. No Incumbents 2010

    You are missing the point here. The GOP wants you to focus more on who was aware, who approved of the waterboarding, who signed off on the use of waterboarding, who was involved in the decision...
    Wait a minute.

    May 15, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  16. Bob in Pa

    How she wanted that sentence to be interpreted
    "What is important now is to be united in our commitment ..."
    to crucify our enemies in the republican party.

    May 15, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  17. steven harnack

    apparently i am one of the few americans who was not present when the cia did or did not brief ms. pelosi about the fact that the BUSH administrati0on was torturing people becaus it seems that everyone and their uncle just KNOWS that ms.pelosi is lying. personaly, if it's a guess as to whether it's ms pelosi or the folks who lied to us for 8 years who is being less than truthful, i have to go with the folks who have the most practice.

    May 15, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  18. Dania Alvarez

    She is a very smart lady that was not misled at all.

    What a lier!

    May 15, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  19. Bill

    Blaming the Administration worked during the Bush years, but it doesn't work now Nancy. Sorry you didn't get the memo. All you know how to do is blame. Now its coming back at you when you get called out by an Obama appointee. Good luck blaming the most popular person in the world. Gingrich did you a favor, now all of your buddies are coming to your defense. Just don't criticize the Obama administration.

    May 15, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  20. I laugh at Limbaugh daily

    The day I believe"the Company" over anyone will be the day hell freezes over.

    May 15, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  21. Steve, New York City

    Just as Bush's idiotic "Axis of Evil" speech helped frighten Iranians into electing a far right-wing tyrant (Ahmedinijad (sp?)), Neo-con stupidity and excess also helped give rise to a "home-grown" knuckle-head from the far left: the brainless (loud-mouthed) Pelosi!

    May 15, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  22. Dania Alvarez

    She is a very smart lady that was not misled at all.

    What a lier! This is not duplicated but just stated now.

    May 15, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  23. Bob

    Guess what, Nancy? Use of the words "Bush Administration" will soon lose its effectiveness as a utility distraction. Right now, it's the quick, automatic response on every Dem's lips when they get called into question. But it's not going to wash much longer.

    Nancy KNEW about the waterboarding, and all she had to do was to tell the CIA that she didn't support it, and they would have stopped it. That is well documented and it's happened in the past. But she didn't WANT to do that since at the time it would have been unpopular and it was getting information...for purely political reasons she decided not to say anything, and NOW she's trying to look like a hero.

    Dems, I respect many of you but Nancy is as bad as the most partisan Republican. She simply does NOT have the interests of the U.S. at heart...Nancy cares about a) Nancy and b) skewering and heaping revenge upon, Republicans. She will continue to be a burden to you Dems as long as she is in office.

    May 15, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  24. James

    I love the liberal responses. They attack the intelligence of republicans and in the same breath they say that they want to stick to the issues. If Pelosi knew about the torture and did nothing then she is partly responsible. If she is responsible, then she can no longer hold the moral high ground. It is an issue and liberal double talk will not change that. She got burned by a fire she started and now she is trying to get out of it by being dishonest.

    May 15, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  25. Ray Ray

    Isn't it ironic??

    Nancy has been a principal player in this witch-hunt over terrorist investigations, which has landed at her door-step.

    I'd call that a successful witch-hunt. WE FOUND HER...

    May 15, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
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