May 20, 2009

Former CIA agent Jack Rice weighs in on whether we can trust the CIA and on the politics being played over the release of CIA torture briefings. Marcy Wheeler got a well deserved kudos from Keith for her work at Firedoglake on the subject.

Olbermann: On the torture briefings themselves, Hoekstra who has joined the chorus of anti-Pelosi outrage, Hoekstra himself says the CIA memo alleging that Pelosi was told about torture is wrong. "Our records suggest there may have been a few additional briefings" he wrote to the CIA in a letter released yesterday. And that's not even the only new question about the memo. Congressman David Obey revealed that the memo revealed that the memo names an appropriations committee aide as present at one briefing when the aide recalls being told he was not cleared to stay there.

This means he joins Democrats Jay Rockefeller and Bob Graham who have also questioned the memos accuracy in terms of dates and time.

And then there are the memo's self-apparent problems: No record of who gave at least seven briefings. Not quite sure when John McCain got briefed - late October. Not sure who the O'Keefe guy was who got the top-secret briefing...Michael?

And as journalist Marcy Wheeler points out, according to the CIA, Congressman Porter Goss got a briefing on March 8, 2005, even though he was not only no longer a congressman at the time, he was the director of the CIA.


Alright, Iran had nukes or had them, Iraq had WMD's and ties to al Qaeda, the Soviet Union would last into the 21st century, Nancy Pelosi was briefed about the term EIT's in 2002 even though the term was not used until 2006, and Porter Goss was the Director of the CIA. Which one of these things is not like the others?

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