May 15th, 2009
05:50 PM ET
9 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. tee

    Wow...... the repugs have something to cling to, and they are holding on for dear life. Its sad when your leadership offers you nothing to cling to.

    May 15, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  2. Vic

    Just goes to show how politicians stick together – regardless of party.
    The Dems were the ones who gave Bush the green light to invade Iraq – all because the majority didn't read any of the documents.

    Hillary tried to use the same argument Nancy.

    Why not just show at least a modicum of character and admit that she knew and didn't do anything – because Pelosi is nothing more than a crony-backing, double-talking, back-stabbing, hypocritical, typical American politician.

    May 15, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  3. Independent to the Max

    Typicall politician who is full of crap. Back when the country was in a furor over terrorism it wouldn't have been politically expedient to protest the torture techniques that she was obviously fully briefed on. But now, 6 years later, when she is feeling protected and safe and it's politically popular to be against torture she comes out swinging and denying. ALL politicians are liars, it is only a matter of degree. Pelosi is a fraud and a fool on par with Bush.

    The real question is why do americans actively endores such politicians and then passively look the other way when their trust is so obviously betrayed? Are american stupid, lazy, or too blinded by ideology not to recognize the operating conceit in their politicians and to then do something about it. Citizens should expect and even demand better of their leaders, regardless of political party.

    May 15, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  4. Scott

    Wait... let me get this straight. We're supposed to TRUST the word of the CIA under the Bush Administration? I thought we were moving on from being a bunch of gullible Americans. What happened? Come on folks, ya gotta throw her a bone...

    May 15, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  5. annie for Palin

    Pukelosi flat out lies and it is bush's fault? What am I missing? She is no worse than 98% of the politicians in dc but she got caught in her own lies and doesn't even lie well – where's my notes oh god they are out of order where are they. Not only is she a flat out liar but she is totally imcompetent! She can't even keep her written notes together so she can read her lies!!!

    May 15, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  6. No Hillary = No Obama

    Personally, I don't think Pelosi actually remembers what she was told, by whom or when. That's my take. The American people should file a class action suit against the federal government for acts of negligence causing financial ruin, displacement, job loss and home loss. Included in this should be a statement about post traumatic stress caused by having to view the pictures of tortured terrorists, & the blood and guts of 6 years of a needless war.
    Pelosi eptiomizes the dysfunctional federal government we have all fallen victim to,

    May 15, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  7. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    The CIA lies all the time. People forget about Iran-Contra and (how can anybody) the so-called "false intelligence" claimed by Bush that the CIA gave the Bush Administration that pushed them to illegally invade Iraq.

    Everyone is going after Pelosi, while POS Cheney tried to get an Iraqi tortured so he could have "proof" of an Al-Queda – Iraq – 9/11 connection.

    The Bush Administration lied to us every single day.

    Where is our moral compass?

    May 15, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  8. Purple Spider

    Pelosi is trying to find numerous ways to "wiggle out" of this mess of Waterboarding knowledge. She is contradicting the CIA, she is blaming the Bush Administration, and it goes on and on – how many lies can she manifest? And how much support from her party does she have at this point? Time for a new "Speaker of the House"!

    May 15, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  9. Charles'

    The War Crimes tribunal needs to go after Bush/Cheney but also it needs to bring closure on all of the Republicans that have soiled the American dream – death by hanging for them all - anything else begs for a revolution

    May 15, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  10. Rachaela

    Interesting! All this outrage b/c Nancy Pelosi is lying about knowing that the Bush Administration used torture. So what I gather from this outrage is: it was torture, and the Bush adminstration was in fact using it.

    Thanks for backing yourselves into another corner and proving two very important points, Republicans!

    May 15, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  11. Jenn, Philadelphia

    To all you people who think this issue is a distraction from truth, you're wrong. It's "part" of the truth. Who knew, what they knew, when they knew it and why they did nothing are important to the investigation. If the Speaker wants truth commissions, then she should be held as accountable as the previous administration. "Evil succeeds when good men do nothing." In this case, the Democrat party cannot claim it was just the doings of an evil administration, when they did nothing to stop it.

    May 15, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  12. V. Clausewitz

    Aw, c'mon. You all need to cut her some slack and quit picking on her just cause she isn't very smart. I mean, I don't see you all hounding Rangel, Boxer, or Conyer's for being blockheads........let's give lil o'l Nancy a break too, huh?

    May 15, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  13. Sniff these...Sniffit

    Just as I have predicted several times on this site.........

    The dim party is in the beginning stages of their self-inflicted implosion. Happens to this bunch every time they make political gains. They want power so badly, yet can not handle it when they achive their dream.

    They'll be swept from power within the next 2 election cycles.

    I think carville overstated his prediction by..... 48 years!!!!!!

    May 15, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  14. Annie

    Ok, here we go with the he said she said stuff. Hopefully it will all come out. What I don't understand is why Nancy Pelosi is being treated as the fall guy the Bush & Cheney torture policies, AND the fact that they tortured people to get false information to lead us into war with Iraq. Where is the outrage here, folks? If Nancy Pelosi knew we were torturing, she wasn't the only one who knew. go after all of them. Bring it all out in the open. This is our reputation here.

    May 15, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  15. john

    im a democrat from her district, pelosi is a liar and shes not getting my vote ever again

    May 15, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  16. Ken in NC

    This is really funny. I come to you and tell you that the information I am about to give you in this briefing is classified and you cannot admit knowledge of it to anyone. When confronted by a third party concerning this briefing and the information alleged to have been given by me or my agency, you make the denial that would be expected of you by saying you were never given this information or that any information given to you was classified. Now after hearing you deny ever being given this classified information, as you should, I do an about face and come forth saying that I (THE CIA) have proof that you were given this classified information that you could not admit to having been given. DUH.

    I'm not defending Pelosi but this stinks.

    May 15, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  17. Adam

    It's obvious that certain people are gunning for Pelosi. But....Pelosi did not mastermind this torture. Maybe we should ask ourselves why VP Cheney is showing up more in one week than he did in eight years in office? Could it be that he is very afraid he will be convicted????
    And where oh where is the Führer himself, herr Rumsfeld??? Hiding out in Cheney's bunker?? Why isn't anyone asking how much of the torture was thought up in the mind of Rumsfeld. Where the heck is he right now??? And what about Bush's brain, Karl Rove? What did he know and when? Nancy Pelosi just may be a little forgetful. Does anyone remember President Regan saying over and over, "I do not recall that...." ?? Or someone in the CIA who was left behind by Cheney may have doctored the documents. All things are possible. Let's look at who ordered the water boarding...and let's not let old Rumsfeld slide under the fence!!!!

    May 15, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  18. Judy from PA

    Wow, where did all the Obama-lover liberal comments go?? I used to see about 300 or so for every story on here. Interesting.

    I also see gas is going up again, who are you going to blame this time?? Bush and Cheney are out. I guess I can blame Obama.

    May 15, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  19. Simmy

    I understand the hatred and opposition coming from men....I'm perplexed by the women who are adamant about her guilt......It proves once again how successful Republicans are at spinning........This whole mess is a plot to distract the public from the failures of the NO party........

    Nancy Pelosi is no more guilty than President Obama.....The Democratic coalition needs to step up to the plate and stand with this woman......How ironic it is to be sitting in the catbird seat, and still be intimidated by the powerless, toothless lions......Dems, are you listening?

    May 15, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  20. Ralphie

    Barbara Ind in NY.... you should be celebrating the masses of stupid people in the U.S. and the deplorable educational system. Without both, no one like Obama could ever be elected to anything...much less President. Count your blessings.

    Remember, Vote Democrat...because everyone deserves some of what you've worked so hard for.

    May 15, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  21. Limerick, Pennsylvania

    Nancy, you have shown the world that you are not qualified to hold the office you were given. Please step down now. You are destorying our party and preventing our President from moving forward on important actions necessary for our nation. You have become an obstacle that needs to be removed. Do the right thing and resign.

    Maybe the voters of California will let you keep a junior seat in the congress.

    May 15, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  22. Martin

    Speaker Pelosi should be removed for her lies.

    May 15, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  23. GOP double-talk & distraction

    This is classic GOP double-talk and distraction. If you're guilty as hell, as they are, they figure, don't take responsibility (as they yammer at us day & night to do) - instead, throw out a red herring and see if it will stick. I can't believe they are getting away with it yet again.

    Pelosi may have some secondary guilt - i'm not defending her - but time shouldn't be wasted on her until the primary criminals, Dick Cheney and GWB and their henchmen, are brought to justice.

    May 15, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  24. CL OT

    She is backing down. Too bad it is too late. She is done!

    May 15, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  25. Texas Teacher

    wally May 15th, 2009 12:24 pm ET
    is sniffit employed by cnn?
    NO - he's really Rahm Emanuel - and he's stealing my "groove."

    May 15, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
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