This is a very interesting develop. Greg Sargent has been trying to get a clarification from Porter Goss if the CIA told him about the use of torture during that meeting with them and Nancy Pelosi, or if he wasn’t. Well Goss isn’t saying anything:
So I asked Goss’ spokesperson directly: Were he and Pelosi informed that EITs, including waterboarding, had already been used, and were they given a rough sense that Abu Zubaydah had been waterboarded more than 83 times the previous month?
Her answer: “He believes that his Op-ed makes it very clear and is not engaging beyond it at this time.” She declined repeated requests to elaborate.
So here’s where we are: The Republican Congressman who was in the room during Pelosi’s briefing won’t directly vouch for the accuracy of the CIA’s claim that she had been briefed on the use of torture.
And it isn’t that Goss was just the congressman in the room with Pelosi during this briefing – its also the fact that Goss went on to head the CIA not long after this.
So we have a Republican who could be the final nail in the Pelosi coffin, but he isn’t swinging that hammer. Why is that? My only guess is that Goss doesn’t recall exactly what was said (highly unlikely), or he knows Pelosi is telling the truth so he is choosing to just be quiet and let it all play out.
If there was ever a call for a “truth commission” this is it. If the CIA didn’t inform Goss and Pelosi and then lied about it then there are serious crimes being committed. It’s time to find the truth out so this country can move on. The longer we delay that longer our focuses will remain on who was told what and when.