Nancy Pelosi on her knowledge of waterboarding

Spencer Ackerman at TPMmuckraker reports on the statement House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made about what her knowledge was of waterboarding at the time she and other ranking Democrats were briefed on CIA interrogation tactics:

“On one occasion, in the fall of 2002, I was briefed on interrogation techniques the Administration was considering using in the future. The Administration advised that legal counsel for the both the CIA and the Department of Justice had concluded that the techniques were legal.

“I had no further briefings on the techniques. Several months later, my successor as Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee, Jane Harman, was briefed more extensively and advised the techniques had in fact been employed. It was my understanding at that time that Congresswoman Harman filed a letter in early 2003 to the CIA to protest the use of such techniques, a protest with which I concurred.”

My reaction:

1) How would Pelosi be able to “concur” with anyone else’s protest letter when she claimed in the preceding paragraph she didn’t have extensive knowledge on what waterboarding was in the first place?

2) Can we now officially declare House Speaker Pelosi as a graduate with honors from Pass The Buck University (something her supporters routinely accuse the President of being)?

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