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Uh-Oh, Nancy Pelosi Caught In A Lie

In the “Uh-Oh” department, Deirdre Walsh and Pam Benson reported at CNN in 2009 what Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said: “We were not — I repeat — were not told that waterboarding or any of these other enhanced interrogation methods were used.” Paul Kane, at the The Washington Post, reported that Pelosi claimed she was never briefed on “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques” (EIT). Pelosi said, “Flat out, they never briefed us that this was happening.”

Even PolitiFact weighed in what Pelosi claimed, declaring her claim to be false.

But now we find that Pelosi did, indeed, receive a briefing about EITs. Marc A. Thiessen, writing at “WPOpinions,” a Washington Post web page, reported, “… former CIA counterterrorism chief Jose Rodriguez provides new evidence that Rep. Nancy Pelosi lied when she declared she had not been briefed about the use of waterboarding.”

Thiessen continues, “In his new book, Hard Measures, Rodriguez reveals that he led a CIA briefing of Pelosi, where the techniques being used in the interrogation of senior al-Qaeda facilitator Abu Zubayda were described in detail.”

Rodriguez, in his book, says that her claim that she [Pelosi] was not told about waterboarding at that briefing, “is untrue.” Rodriguez writes that he told Pelosi, “We explained that as a result of the techniques, Abu Zubaydah was compliant and providing good intelligence. We made crystal clear that authorized techniques, including waterboarding, had by then been used on Zubaydah. We held back nothing.”

Pelosi did not object to waterboaring being used. “So Pelosi was another member of Congress reinventing the truth. What’s the big deal?” asks Rodriguez. He then explains, “…the message they [the Obama administration and Congress] are sending to the men and women of the intelligence community who to this day are being asked to undertake dangerous and sometimes controversial actions on behalf of their government. They are told that the administration and Congress ‘have their back.’ You will forgive CIA officers if they are not filled with confidence.”

If Rodriguez is right, it means that Pelosi stood up in a news conference and lied to the American people.

In the House of Representatives Order Code RL31382, “Expulsion, Censure, Reprimand, and Fine: Legislative Discipline in the House of Representatives,” there is this passage: “…the House has the right to discipline those who breach its privileges or decorum, or who damage its integrity or reputation, even to the extent of expelling from Congress a duly-elected Member.” (page CRS-2)

If, in fact, Pelosi repeatedly lied to the American public, does she not “…breach its privileges or decorum…” of the House, as well as “…damage its integrity or reputation…?” Further, why should we believe ANYTHING she says?

For much more information about this situation, see Guy Benson‘s article at Townhall.

But that’s just my opinion.

“It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant. It’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so.” – Ronald Reagan

Cross-posted at RWNO, my personal web site.

Obama 2012 Campaign Starts With A Real Whopper

We get a quite disingenuous/dishonest/outright lying 2012 campaign advertisement from President Barack Hussein Obama, the person who said his administration would have the most open and transparent administration in history. You know, the one that has no secrets.

Obama’s ad tells part of the truth, the part that favors him, just enough to fool Democrats and Obama Kool-Aid drinkers. In a campaign ad that is now running in Virginia, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, and Wisconsin, he claims that his policies have promoted clean energy jobs and reduced the nation’s dependence on foreign oil, while enduring secretive unfounded attacks from the energy industry. And he even has the nerve to promote his ethics record. And all of this in a 30 second ad.

You can, if you have a very strong physical constitution, watch the ad here.

Let’s examine what Obama claims in the ad, then look at what Paul Harvey used to call “the rest of the story.”

  • Claim: Secretive oil billionaires attacking President Obama — The Rest of the Story: The Oil & Gas industry in general, and the Koch brothers in particular, have been anything but secretive in their attacks on President Obama
  • Claim: Implication that President Obama has created 2.7 million “clean energy industry” jobs — The Rest of the Story: The number 2.7 million came from a Brookings Institute report. The ad cites the report from the Brookings Institute (see page 4 of the report). That report says, “The clean economy, which employs some 2.7 million workers, encompasses a significant number of jobs in establishments spread across a diverse group of industries… Most clean economy jobs reside in mature segments that cover a wide swath of activities including manufacturing and the provision of public services such as wastewater and mass transit. A smaller portion of the clean economy encompasses newer segments that respond to energy-related challenges. These include the solar photovoltaic (PV), wind, fuel cell, smart grid, biofuel, and battery industries.  &nbsp[all emphases mine]

    The report says that the “clean economy establishments added half a million jobs between 2003 and 2010.” Obama was inaugurated in January, 2009, so his claim to any job created before he was inaugurated is a outright lie! Further, the report refers to “clean economy” jobs, not “clean energy” jobs. The great majority of the “clean economy” jobs are not in the “clean energy industry.” But as we have seen, Obama is quite adept at comparing apples and oranges.

    Bottom line: Obama claims ANY job, regardless of its nature, to belong to the “clean energy industry,” and tries to claim that the “clean economy” and “clean industry” are the same thing!

  • Claim: Implication that Obama played a role in the increase in US domestic oil production — The Rest of the Story: Most domestic oil production growth was worked up, leased, drilled and plumbed-up for production over the last decade or more, long before he was inaugurated. His policies have actually done just the opposite – they have reduced production. Increases in production have come from two sources:
    • Fracking of shale in the Baaken field: despite the EPA’s efforts to stop fracking, the Baaken field continues to produce
    • Gulf of Mexico: deepwater discoveries in the gulf that have been brought on line over the last three years were discovered years before Obama was inaugurated

  • Claim: The US dependence on foreign oil is now below 50% — The Rest of the Story: While his claim may be true, the ad fails to explain why it is true: oil consumption is down because we remain in an economic recession/depression, something he promised to end if elected.

The ad says, “Independent watchdogs call this president’s record on ethics ‘unprecedented.'” The “unprecedented” line comes from a statement by a coalition of government watchdogs in 2009, just three months after Obama took office. It specifically referred to Obama’s promise to increase transparency and to end the “revolving door” of former lobbyists becoming presidential appointees. He kept neither promise.

The ad, filled with innuendos, assumptions, half-truths, and out-and-out lies, will play well with the dim-witted who will take President Barack Hussein Obama’s claims at face value, not bothering to do any kind of research and/or fact checking.

If this is his FIRST campaign ad, what can we expect as November approaches?

But that’s just my opinion.