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."


Filed under: Leon Panetta • Nancy Pelosi
soundoff (130 Responses)
  1. joan k brand-landkamer

    I am elderly but I believe my head is on straight!!!..I have never sent a comment good or bad in my whole life. BUT I have watched Newt Gingrich since the day he remarried and left his first wife with cancer in the hospital...... He is gambleng now to gain the control and be republican presidential candidate the next go around. I just shake my head about how strongly I can dislike a thoughtless power hungary man. who will do anything to succeed to his goal. Please don't be taken in by this really malevolent person. Mrs Pelosi, just hang in there, Mrs. Clinton had dificulties and is just tough enough to withstand many problems in her past. My prayers are for Obama and democrats with good hearts. Be tough, and know that there must be millions of women who don't comment but feel the way I do. joan

    May 15, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  2. Bob

    For those of you who think Pelosi couldn't have stopped the waterboarding, you're drinking too much of the Pelosi Kool-Aid and you simply don't understand how things work. As Chairman all it would have taken (and all it's taken in the past) is a statement that she doesn't support what they're planning on doing, and it would NOT have happened. Period.

    Those of you who think Pelosi is a great leader are absolutely as partisan as the most partisan and far right Republican, and just as brainwashed.

    My favorite Nancy moment was a press conference on C-SPAN a couple of years ago when she basically called Republicans "evil"...all Republicans. The Press Corps were asking questions to egg her on, and in her ranting she didn't hear the reporters laughing at her as she was speaking. It was funny and sad at the same time...she just doesn't have much credibility any more.

    May 15, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  3. SLM

    Liar, Too bad she continues to lie and dig herself into a deeper hole. She always has to blame Bush for everything. I supposed it is Bush's fault her face lift is too tight and she can't blink.

    Anyone who can honestly say they support this proven liar needs a brain transplant. Maybe you can get a 2 for 1 deal with Pelosi.

    May 15, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  4. Jim El Paso Tx.

    With torture being such a hot potato I can see ALL of Congress trying to distance themselves from it. The Repukes as usual are trying to divert attention from the facts that no matter who knew what...Bush/Cheney made the decision to use it. It's on their heads now an I hope a court hands them their heads on a plate someday!

    May 15, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  5. Hart

    Interesting how Pelosi keeps changing her story, I thnk she has five or six versions now. The original story that started all of this was that she stated she had not been briefed on enhanced torture techniques by the CIA. Then, when documents were produced that proved otherwise, she changed her story. Again, documents and people in attendance proved otherwise. Again and again she changed her story. This situation is one Pelosi created with her own words and actions. Bringing Bush and Cheney into it is a desperate attempt by her to distract the public from the real story, that she lied. Now that her staff has advised her it was dumb and political suicide to attack the CIA, she has changed her story again. The CIA is too smart to be diverted and Pelosi will suffer the political consequences of her ill advised attack on the CIA. Her political career is doner than a steak sent back to the chef as too rare. And she only has herself to blame.

    May 15, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  6. Cobra Montana

    I would even believe B.O. if he said she was lying.

    May 15, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  7. janelle

    It's obvious she's lying, and now she's back peddaling to get her hind end out of the frying pan before it gets put in the fire. Newt was right, there's only 2 ways this ends, Pelosi is either incompetent, or dishonost. Either way doesn't bode well for her or her political future. Her blind political ambition has finally bit her in the butt and she got caught in her own web.

    May 15, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    I am a lifelong Democrat but Pelosi needs to go. Pelosi has no credibility to begin with and this does not help. Pelosi is bringing the party down at a time when we should be seen as bringing back honesty and integrity to government.

    May 15, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  9. David

    This proves that she is the ULTIMATE double talking politician – now she is not arguing the fact that she knew about it but that Bush didn't tell congress.

    If she knew, she had a duty to tell congress, end of story – the ultimate COWARD and PARTISAN politician.

    May 15, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  10. GOPer

    Can the people of San Francisco please put us out of our misery? The GOP is so inept; the only thing to unseat her will be her constituents back in San Francisco. Please San Franciscans, Please Put America Out Of Our Misery.

    May 15, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  11. RR

    Liar, Liar, botox on fire!

    It's like watching Jim Wright all over again.

    May 15, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  12. haren

    Biggest liar is our former president who repeatedly said that we don't torture.

    May 15, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  13. Bushed

    I am a big fan of BO, but i could live without NP as speaker. She gives Dems a bad image.

    i do think that if the Repubs want an investigation about this than bring it on. We may lose Nancy, but Geroge and Dick could go away for awhile.

    Why do we not hear more about torturing Al Abi into making false confessions that got us into the Iraq war. This is some of the most important news of the last 8 years and its hardly being covered....

    May 15, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  14. haren

    Biggest liar is our former president Bush who keep telling us that we don't torture

    May 15, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  15. Don

    OH My Goodness – "He said – She said – did not-did too. Where are we. Is this a grade school play ground at recess.

    Dubja and Darth Cheney are the criminals – through in Rove and Rummy and have a trial.

    It was Cheney and then Bush that misled the Congress and the Nation.

    This has all the makings of a Criminal Activity.

    May 15, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  16. TTBALA

    All of you idiots who are ranting and raving at Pelosi don't even know if she was breifed correctly and not lied to, she still would not have been able to do anything because it was clasified information, do you REPUBS ever learn a lesson, all you know is how to spit hatered shame on you!!!!

    May 15, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  17. Ray Ray

    @ Joan – the ederly woman writes,

    "Please don't be taken in by this really malevolent person. Mrs Pelosi, just hang in there, Mrs. Clinton had dificulties and is just tough enough to withstand many problems in her past. My prayers are for Obama and democrats with good hearts."

    -----

    Joan, you'd so much better NOT posting your comments as you expose yourself to be a partisan man-hater.

    Hillary was "innocent". Pelosi is "innocent". But Newt is the devil?

    Lady – you'd better check who you're praying to because Jesus doesn't love leaders who want to make it easier to kill babies.

    May 15, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  18. 2Nurselady

    We, as Democrats, should expect that our own are accountable as much as we hold those of other Parties accountable for thier actions and inactions.

    I believe that Nancy Pelosi pandered to the Bush administration and that she should have spoken up very loudly when human atrocities were taking place. I think it is a shameful legacy for her.

    Newt Gingrich is targeting Pelosi. I think that, while Pelosi is having to explain herself, the impeachment trial of Newt Gingrich should be underway for his reported affair – cheating on his wife – and his own questionable activities far beyond that. He, Rove, Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld need to be held equally accountable for their own actions and inactions. The hypocrisy among them is glaring.

    May 15, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  19. Get a Life!!-

    People- Get a life and stop blogging and reading this stuff every dang day...

    Bet Cnn won't post this- because they like lifeless people

    May 15, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  20. bess

    Ms Pelosi's has allowed her total and complete hatred of the Bush administration to take her down a similar path of twisting truth until you can't recognize it yourself.

    May 15, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  21. Trang, Fremont, CA

    How do you know which parties tell the truth? You are not there at the meetings to point fingers. And for Boehner to say CIA always tell the truth and has nothing to hide ... he is naive. Heck, they have the president going out there deciding not to release the pictures. They have plenty to hide and would be ashamed if things come to light.

    May 15, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  22. David S.

    She is so desparately trying to shove this under the rug. Her obession with the Bush Administration is going to be her undoing. She wanted so much to punish the GOP and saw waterboarding as a method to get at them but she forgot she was part of the decision to use it.

    May 15, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    Seems as if Nancy is delivering some of her own distraction. Tit for tat.

    May 15, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  24. limey pedro

    why do Americans allow their Republican administrations to get away with global catastrophes, widespread untruths and outstanding incompetence yet suddenly re-discover their supposed democratic instinct every time a Democratic administration takes over and all the previously redundant accountability tools are revived with gusto?

    We in the UK have long ago disposed of the accountability tools in return for some balloons, shiny buttons and the crumbs from anyones table (yours, yours of course its .....)

    May 15, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  25. Had It

    In 2012 I'll vote for ANYONE that promises to prosecute Bush and Cheney and all the people in the House and Senate that went along with all the illegal crap concerning the "he wanted to klll my daddy" war that has helped run this country into bankruptcy.

    I'll vote against anyone that wants to let the war criminals go free.

    May 15, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
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